Bergamot oil is a very understated and under used oil. It is a wonderful oil with fantastic healing properties!
Bergamot oil has many uses. Components of the oil are antibiotic and disinfectant in nature and thus help to inhibit the growth of germs and viruses. It is used quite a lot in soap for this reason, helping to eliminate acne, disperse oil in the skin evenly and clear up surface germs. It’s germ fighting ability is also the reason it makes a great deodorant, refreshing and inhibiting odour producing bacteria. Bergamot is cicatrisant in nature which is an essential component for the oil to be healing. This makes Bergamot oil great for reducing the appearance of small scars or pigments in the skin.
Bergamot oil can also used to reduce the feeling of pain by stimulating the body to secrete certain hormones which reduce nerve sensitivity. It is commonly used in headache remedies or where the body has sustained injury such as sprains or muscle aches.
Bergamot oil is wonderful as a relaxant and sedative. The flavonoids present in bergamot oil soothe nerves and help reduce nervous tension, anxiety and stress while stimulating hormones in the body responsible for relaxation like dopamine and serotonin.
Being a citrus, this oil must be protected from sunlight. Unless stated otherwise, Bergamot oil contains the component bergaptene which becomes poisonous when exposed to sunlight. It should be stored in dark bottles in a dark cool place. If applied topically to the skin exposure to sunlight should also be avoided.
- Bergamot oil can be added to baths in water or bath bombs and bath salts for a relaxing, stress detox.
- Add it to vapourizers and inhalers to relieve congestion and respiratory issues.
- Apply it topically to soothe insect bites and reduce the appearance of scars.
- Blend Bergamot oil with Frankincense, Jasmine, Mandarin, Ylang-ylang, Sandalwood, Rosemary, Orange and Clary Sage oils