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Bergamot, Relaxing Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Bergamot essential oil has a unique spicy and tart citrus scent. The oil is extracted from the rinds of the fruit that grow on bergamot orange trees. Bergamot rose to fame in the town of Bergamo, Italy. Bergamot is about the size of an orange with a green color the same as a lime. The rinds of the fruit is cold pressed to extract the oil and it is commonly used as a flavoring in Earl Grey tea.

Ways to Use Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot oil have long been used in personal care product even as flavoring in tea. In fact there are so many ways to make it yourself and it is very simple to make. One of the ways are:

Inhale and Diffuse

Bergamot oil is known for its relax and soothing scent and it great thing for you if you have a diffuser at home. Add 5 to 6 drops into the diffuser for an aromatherapy treatment. You can even added bergamot oil to candles as a scent homemade candles or sprinkle to potpourri to distribute its scent.

Topical Use

Either apply diluted bergamot oil or add into body lotion for massage is a great way to have a nice and relax time after long hours of work. If it is not enough, add 2 to 5 drops into body wash, shampoo and also facial scrubs for enhance your beauty.

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Benefits of Bergamot Essential Oil

All essential oils have their own beneficial ways for our body and mind. Bergamot oil is no exception and it is known to be one of the best essential oil for skin care. Other benefits that have been proven are:

Stress Relief

Bergamot oil can relieve stress and anxiety. By using aromatherapy treatment, bergamot oil can relieve not only anxiety but also depression by signaling the brain to release dopamine and serotonin. A study back in 2015 done on women by inhaled bergamot oil mixed with water vapor have shown reduced feelings of anxiety and fatigue.

Reduce inflammation

It is found that bergamot oil has two compounds, linalool and carvacrol which had analgesic, anticonvulsant and anti inflammatory capabilities when used in a variety of methods. This has been proven by a study back in 2017 when multiple essential oil compound has been analyzed on the pain response and other conditions. Dilute bergamot oil with carrier oil first if you want to apply topically

Hair Condition

Bergamot oil may has the ability to soften hair and also soothing an irritated scalp. Put a few drops in shampoo or conditioner and you are good to go. The other way is that you can mix 1 or 2 drops of bergamot oil with 4 to 5 drops of carrier oil and massage it into hair scalp.

Skin Condition

Bergamot essential oil also can use as spot treatment for acne. The analgesic capabilities may also make it more effective against painful cysts and pimples. Be sure to dilute bergamot oil with carrier oil and apply it to pimples cysts and blackheads overnight.

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Safety Precaution

Bergamot essential oil can be irritating to some people’s skin. Since bergamot is a part of citrus family, it is known to be photosensitive. Hence you should apply bergamot oil at night and wait for 12 hours before going out into the sunlight. There are other symptoms that linked to bergamot oil such as redness, burning and also blisters. Dilute the oil with carrier oil and do a patch test on your forearm. Consult your doctor if you or your partner pregnant or breastfeeding. Keep in mind that essential oils can be harmful to pets.

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