Benefits of Bergamot Essential Oil
Native to Italy, for years Italians have used bergamot for many purposes – to rejuvenate the skin, reduce feelings of stress, and more. Bergamot is different from other citrus oils, in that it is a bitter fruit that produces a sweet oil, plus it can be used to create a calming environment. It’s also grown in an exclusive location – the coast of Reggio di Calabria.
Commonly used for soothing skin, in massage, and to purify and uplift, bergamot essential oil is a versatile go-to favorite.
Chemistry of Bergamot Essential Oil
The main chemical component is limonene, linalyl acetate. Limonene is commonly known for its uplifting aromatic characteristics. This oil is frequently used in massage therapy, as it holds calming benefits and also purifies the skin. When diffused, the elevating chemical components can help when stress and anxiety levels are high.
Benefits of Bergamot Essential Oil
Relieves Tension & Stress
While the aromas of many citrus oils are known to be stimulating or invigorating, bergamot oil has unique calming capabilities that can help create a tranquil atmosphere.
To use: the next time you feel stress levels or tension getting high, diffuse bergamot oil for a relaxing effect.
Cleans and Purifies Skin
Because of its soothing and antiseptic properties, bergamot works to clean and boost the health of your skin when applied topically.
To use: add one to two drops to your favorite skin care cleanser. Or you can apply to the skin while showering.
A recent study by doTERRA found that a few drops of bergamot in a diffuser may be one of the best things you can do to promote positive thinking and a sense of calm whatever the environment you find yourself in (source). These effects are thought to be due primarily to its rich concentration of the monoterpenes linalyl acetate and linalool.
And another study found in both animal and human trials that bergamot helps relieve anxiety, reduce stress, and improve mood (source).
To use: use 3-4 drops in your favorite diffuser. Or if you’re on-the-go, simply inhale from the bottle.
Does your skin get dry and cracked in the colder, dryer months? Mine does, especially my feet! doTERRA came up with the DIY foot mask (below) which uses the oil’s purifying power with soothe and rejuvenate your skin.
To use: this foot mask will help your feet feel soft and luxurious:
- ½ cup organic Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons organic raw honey
- 2 splashes fractionated coconut oil
- 1 stalk organic celery
- 6 drops bergamot oil
- Grate stalk of celery and drain excess moisture in strainer or with paper towel.
- Add celery and remaining ingredients to food processor or blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Ready a wet washcloth or sit by tub.
- Apply mask immediately to entire foot with fingers or brush.
- Let sit 15–20 minutes while enjoying mask’s cooling sensation and the calming effects of Bergamot essential oil.
- Rinse off and enjoy your nourished and moisturized feet.
Bonus: Add to Tea
Do you enjoy adding essential oils to your tea? Well bergamot changes a regular cup of tea to a cup of Earl Grey tea.
Remember, when adding essential oils to food or drink, less is more. Start out with a small drop and work your way up from there. Watch this video to learn more about using bergamot oil for tea.
Oils that Blend Well with Bergamot
As a citrus essential oil, it blends well with a variety of other oils. I recommend lavender, patchouli, lime, or arborvitae.
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