Bergamot oil is extracted from the rinds of citrus fruit (Citrus bergamia) that grow on bergamot range trees. If you are a fan of Earl Grey tea, you’re already enjoying the distinctive taste of bergamot, which is used to flavor it.
The earliest roots of the bergamot tree can be traced to Southeast Asia. It’s currently grown in many parts of the world but achieved its prominence and name in the town of Bergamo in southern Italy.
It’s prized for its soothing scent, spicy taste, and wide range of uses.
STRESS & ANXIETY - Due to its long reputation as a stress reliever, several studies have been done on bergamot essential oil and its impact on cortisol, the stress hormone. Bergamot oil was found to reduce cortisol levels among 41 healthy females who inhaled it.
This pleasing scent blends well with a variety of other oils and is a must-have in your toolbox if you suffer anxiety or have high-stress responsibilities.
Application: Add bergamot, orange, sandalwood and ylang ylang oils to your personal inhaler for panic attacks or times of high anxiety.
MOOD - Like many of the citrus oils, bergamot oil is known for its ability to boost your mood. It was shown to lift the mood of patients in the waiting room of a mental health treatment center.
In another study, bergamot, lavender, and frankincense oils were blended and used as a massage oil in a hospice care facility in Korea. Treated patients had reduced pain, anxiety, and depression.
We recommend using these oils to help during times of illness and or difficult health issues.
Application: Bergamot oil has a light citrusy flavor. Use 1-2 drops when cooking mild bakery items like scones, tea bread, or pound cake.
ANTIMICROBIAL - Like many other citrus oils, bergamot has powerful antimicrobial properties, making it useful for cleaning and disinfecting. Several citrus oils were tested and compared for their effect on foodborne pathogens, such as E. coli and other bacteria for use in the food industry. Bergamot oil was determined to be the most effective of all in combating these pathogens.
This effect may be due to the presence of linalool, which has demonstrated strong antimicrobial properties in the lab including antifungal properties. Bergamot is a refreshing scent to add to your homemade bath and hand cleansers.
Bergamot oil was also one of several oils that reduced the spread of influenza after 10 minutes of diffusion, making it a superior choice to promote health and wellness in your home.
Application: Add several drops of bergamot oil to your favorite DIY cleaning recipes.
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE - Can bergamot oil help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease? Several studies have explored the impact of bergamot essential oil on heart disease, blood pressure, and cholesterol with interesting results. For example, one of its constituents, bergamottin, was tested on guinea pigs induced with arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and demonstrated “significant antianginal and antiarrhythmic properties.”
Research also suggests that bergamot may lower overall cholesterol, including LDL, the so-called “bad” cholesterol, reducing overall risk for cardiovascular disease. This is an excellent oil to keep on hand to protect you from cardiovascular disease.
Application: Diffuse a blend of ylang ylang and bergamot oil to support good heart health.
PAIN - Bergamot essential oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties thanks to its major components of linalool, limonene, and linalyl acetate, making it an excellent choice for pain relief! Data shows that bergamot oil also may reduce sensitivity to pain and reduce pain caused by events or conditions that do not normally cause pain, something commonly experienced by fibromyalgia patients.
Application: To a roller bottle, add 2 drops each of bergamot, camphor, lemon, peppermint, and rosemary to 3 ounces of your choice of carrier oil and blend well. Use as needed.
OSTEOPOROSIS - According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 54 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis and low bone mass. This bone disease occurs when bones are weakened and become more susceptible to breaks and fractures. Osteoporosis has many causes including diabetes.
In 2016, researchers in China discovered that mice with diabetes-related osteoporosis who were treated with bergapten had improved collagen levels and the effects of the disease were reduced. When you consider its pain-relieving properties, bergamot is a must-have tool in your medicine box if you suffer from osteoporosis.
Application: Add 2 drops each of bergamot, lavender, and frankincense oil diluted at 1.5% with sweet almond carrier oil and massage into affected areas.
FATIGUE - (Funny how that picture makes you want to yawn.) Bergamot oil is not only great for reducing stress, but it can also help alleviate the symptoms of regular or chronic fatigue. In a small 2015 study, healthy women were exposed to bergamot essential oil vaporized in water. These subjects quickly experienced reduced levels of cortisol, the stress hormone and demonstrated improved scores for both negative emotions and fatigue.
Another small experiment showed that hospice subjects who received a massage with bergamot and lavender oil mixture had better sleep compared to those who did not. This lovely scent is an ideal addition to your medicine cabinet!
Application: Create a Homemade Hand Cream recipe with bergamot and lavender oils and massage into your hands before sleep.
NON-ALCOHOLIC FATTY LIVER DISEASE - Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a serious illness that can be caused by metabolic syndrome or a diet filled with unhealthy fatty or sugary foods combined with a sedentary lifestyle. When left untreated, it can escalate into more serious diseases or conditions. The effects of bergamot were researched in a 2014 study on subjects who had NAFLD and metabolic syndrome. Treated patients had improved lipid and blood sugar levels, as well as reduced LDL cholesterol and enhancement of HDL, the “good” cholesterol. (20)
While we recommend a healthy diet and an appropriate fitness regimen to combat metabolic syndrome, bergamot essential oil can support you as you develop more healthy habits.
NEUROPROTECTIVE - In recent years, some fascinating research has come out about the neuroprotective benefits of bergamot oil. An animal study suggested that it may protect neurons from damage caused by excitotoxins.
What’s even more interesting is research from 2017 where 20 schizophrenia patients were treated with bergamot juice in addition to their regular treatment. Improved cognitive scores were seen across the group, indicating that bergamot may be a helpful supplement for people with neurological disorders.
Application: Blend bergamot with ylang ylang, sweet marjoram, Roman chamomile, and valerian oils before sleep.