Top 10 Bergamot Essential Oil Uses

Bergamot Essential Oil Uses

Bergamot is a tree that produces a hybrid like fruit that’s a cross between a lemon and an orange. It’s thought to be a southern Asia native, but was most widely grown in southern Italy where it received its name, after the city Bergamo. Although it takes the cold pressing of nearly a hundred fruits to produce a mere three ounces of essential oil, the resulting substance is quite popular and is regularly used in perfume and is even regularly added as a flavoring to earl grey tea. Aside from cosmetics and flavorings, bergamot essential oil uses also are thought to include many health applications, some of which stem from early medicinal use of the fruit in Italy.

Many essential oils are challenging to extract and therefore may be pricey, and bergamot is no exception. The problem is that some manufacturers of the oil choose to cut the expense by cutting the oil with other agents. Sourcing quality, therapeutic grade oils is important with bergamot therefore, because some essential oil uses for health related to it involve internally ingesting the substance (after consulting with a health care provider, of course). Not all essential plant and fruit oils are safe to ingest, and some can be toxic or poisonous. Before taking advantage of any bergamot essential oil uses including the ten found below, product research and advice from a medical professional are imperative for safe and enjoyable use.

1. Anxiety and Depression: Studies have shown that some essential oils when used in aromatherapy can in fact reduce anxiety and some symptoms related to depression. Bergamot is regularly featured in these studies and while it may not work for everyone, many find the oil’s sedative effects on the nervous system calming and relaxing.

2. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): Some bergamot essential oil uses can be attributed to its natural antibiotic properties, and this includes its use in urinary tract infections – a function it’s still celebrated for today. Studies have shown it effective against two different bacteria types commonly responsible for causing UTIs, and when a couple of drops are added to a bath, it’s believed that it may be able to prevent infections from spreading to the bladder.

3. Cholesterol: Few medications have received as much bad publicity as statins, drugs commonly prescribed to artificially lower blood cholesterol levels. One recent study has found that bergamot may have similar characteristics to statins and likely far fewer side effects. With more research, it’s possible that alongside a healthy diet and exercise, bergamot may prove as effective as statins at lowering blood cholesterol without dangerous side effects.

4. Candida: Applying bergamot oil topically comes with a small set of risks. It can increase photosensitivity, so talking a walk on a sunny day after applying it is not advisable. Additionally, some may have a reaction or irritation after application, so a skin test should be conducted. If deemed safe, there are numerous bergamot essential oil uses involving topical application to consider, including one recently discussed in a medical journal. Research findings indicated that bergamot performed well against fungal infections caused by Candida when applied topically.

5. Cold Sores: Common cold sores are caused by a form of the herpes virus that most people have in some form on or in their body. They can be challenging to treat and tend to linger longer than just about anybody would like. Some suggest that bergamot essential oil uses may include speeding the healing process of these sores when applied neat topically, and that this use may also translate to other conditions caused by the same virus or its relatives, including shingles and chickenpox, too.

6. Skin Conditions: Bergamot is commonly recommended by some in the alternative medicine community for a wide range of skin conditions. Both eczema and psoriasis are thought to potentially benefit from some of the properties thought to reside in bergamot oil, namely those responsible for reducing inflammation and tightening and toning skin. Many bergamot essential oil uses relate to these anti inflammatory and astringent features, but they may be most pronounced in the case of chronic skin conditions.

7. Insect Repellent: It’s no coincidence that some farmers choose to plant bergamot amidst their crops to keep pests away, and those same bug deterring qualities can be taken advantage of on a much smaller scale. When mixed with a carrier oil and applied topically, bergamot oil may be able to keep bugs from turning the body into an all you can eat buffet. And, when diffused into the air, outdoor living spaces may enjoy a slightly less crowded atmosphere.

8. Minor Wounds: Whether caused from a mosquito bite or a trip and fall, cuts, scrapes, burns and bites are not uncommon. Bergamot essential oil uses may include a quick, topically applied alternative to medicinal salves in these cases, providing analgesic and anti inflammatory properties for pain relief, and antibiotic properties for infection protection as well.

9. Digestion: Common digestive problems can be uncomfortable, and when gas and indigestion strike, prompt relief is often hard to find. Some consider a combination blend of bergamot, chamomile and fennel essential oils for this purpose where the trio of oils is massaged externally into the abdominal area for quick and temporary symptom relief.

10. Genital Wash: It may be the last thing that anyone wants to talk about, but a lot can go wrong in the genital area, especially if it’s not hygienically maintained. Those prone to urinary tract infections or other goings on in that region may benefit from a gentle, germ killing wash comprised of bergamot oil, lavender oil, clean filtered water and a bit of salt. This combination takes advantage of bergamot essential oil uses related to killing harmful bacteria and though the topic may be sensitive, bergamot is also considered a natural deodorant, potentially helping keep the area fresh and clean.

Bergamot may not be as well known for women’s health as other essential oils like rose; however its anxiety and depression related effects make it a popular addition to blends for women, especially those related to hormone imbalances and menopause. It’s also found in skin care blends alongside other citrus favorites like lime and regularly featured in those related to invigoration and emotional strength, too.