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17 Amazing Uses of Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot essential oil is an excellent citrus-type oil with incredible physical and emotional healing properties. Bergamot EO is made from an orange/lemon hybrid citrus fruit. The tree is native to Southeast Asia but it has been more extensively cultivated in Italy. The name bergamot actually comes from the name of the town where the oil got its start – Bergamo in Lombardy, Italy. This citrus essential oil has a different nature than other citrus EO’s. It has a warm, spicy but sweet lemony fragrance that seems to go right to the solar plexus, giving your mood and confidence a big boost.

1. Alleviate Depression and Emotional Pain

Take advantage of bergamot essential oil’s natural mood-boosting properties to alleviate depression. This lovely citrus-based oil improves your mood, drives away that helpless feeling, lifts your spirits and helps you feel motivated again. Put 2 to 3 drops of bergamot oil in your hands, rub them together to warm it up then cup your hands over your nose and mouth. Take some slow, deep breaths.

You’ll feel your mood lifting and emotional pain fading within minutes. Rub straight bergamot oil on your abdomen and feet for the same benefit. You can also apply a half and half mixture of bergamot oil and a carrier oil like argan. For a wonderful mood-balancing, up-lifting blend, mix 8 drops of bergamot EO with 2 drops of jasmine EO and 4 drops of clary sage EO. Put a few drops of this blend in your diffuser and run it for 45 minutes. You can also add this up-lifting blend to 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil like coconut oil or jojoba oil for a soothing massage oil.

*Make sure you get food grade bergamot essential oil for ingestion and therapeutic grade for topical applications or aromatherapy.*

2. Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Use bergamot oil to alleviate nervous tension, anxiety and stress. It actually stimulates the production of relaxing, mood enhancing hormones like serotonin and dopamine. Add a few drops of bergamot oil to your diffuser or use it in an oil burner. You will quickly feel a sense of contentment and calm. After a really bad day, put about 10 drops of bergamot EO into a warm bath and take a long, relaxing soak.

For a little additional relaxation, add a few drops of lavender EO to the bathwater or rub a few drops on the back of your neck when you get out of the bath. This is especially helpful just before bed. You can also drink a nice, warm cup of Earl Gray tea to ingest bergamot oil. It is one of the ingredients in that tea. Another option is to add a couple drops of food grade bergamot oil to plain decaf green tea or really any type of beverage. It will impart a slightly sweet lemon or light citrus flavor. I haven’t tried it, but I would imagine you could use it to flavor water just like regular lemon juice.

*Be cautious with bergamot oil if you have diabetes. It can cause your blood sugar to drop.*

3. Increase Hormone Levels

Put 2 to 3 drops of bergamot essential oil in your palm, rub your hands together to warm the oil then gently massage it into your temples with your fingertips. Rub the oil left on your hands into your belly. The oil stimulates hormonal secretions that regulate metabolic rates and insulin. You can also just add a few drops to your diffuser or oil burner.

Important Note: Whatever you choose for an oil, make sure that the oils you purchase are high quality. Remember, you're breathing this oil into your lungs so essential oil quality is a terrible place to cut corners.

4. Enhance Digestion

Rub 5 drops of bergamot EO in your hands then rub it on your belly to get those digestive juices flowing. Your body will be able to break down the food you eat more efficiently for easier absorption. This oil also encourages muscle contractions in your abdomen that move the food and waste through your intestines more efficiently.

*Do not use on very young children or when pregnant or nursing.*

5. Eliminate Intestinal Worms

Put 2 to 3 drops of bergamot essential oil in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together to warm up the oil then rub it into your belly to kill intestinal parasites. You can do this a couple times a day – first thing in the morning then before bed. The oil will also encourage quick passage of the dead parasites through your intestines and completely out of your system.

6. Relieve or Reduce Muscle Aches and Pains

Massage about 5 drops of bergamot essential oil right into the source of your pain to get relief. It reduces nerve sensitivity at the source to dull the pain sensation. It can be used on any muscle aches, sprained muscles and headaches. Massage it into your lower back when you have muscle tension and pain there. Rub it into your temples and forehead to eliminate headaches. Try a blend with 5 drops each of bergamot, frankincense and lavender in about a tablespoon of sweet almond oil. Rubbing this blend into painful areas reduces the pain and improves your mood.

7. Treat Skin Irritations

Soothe and help heal skin irritations, eczema and psoriasis with 5 drops of bergamot essential oil on a piece of gauze or cotton ball. Just dab the oil on the skin irritation for quick relief. For all-over healing, put about 10 drops of the oil into your bath and take a good soak.

*Do not ingest bergamot EO if you have a potassium deficiency. It can make the deficiency worse, causing your muscles to twitch or cramp up.*

8. Reduce or Eliminate Scars

Dab bergamot EO directly on skin scars a couple times a day. This oil will make any type of scars fade, especially those caused by acne. It also evens out your skin tone by encouraging the even production of melanin. You can use it once or twice a day after you wash with a mild cleanser.

*Bergamot essential oil has caused a phototoxic reaction in some people. Do not put it on your skin and go outdoors into the direct sunlight. Cover your skin with clothing and/or use sunblock and wear a hat to shade your face.*

9. Speed Sore Healing

Apply bergamot EO to cold sores, shingles sores and mouth ulcers to accelerate healing. Its antibacterial properties help the skin heal more quickly. Use a piece of gauze, a cotton ball or a cotton swab to apply bergamot oil after gently washing the area with a mild cleanser.

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10. Treat Fungal Infections

Utilize the antifungal properties of bergamot EO to treat fungal infections. You can use it to treat ringworm and athletes foot as well as internal yeast infections. Take a bergamot essential oil bath with about 10 drops of EO, apply the oil directly to the infected area or try a wonderfully effective blend. Mix bergamot oil and orange oil, 2 drops each, into 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil and apply that directly to the infected area.

11. Treat Kidney, Urinary Tract, Intestine and Colon Infections

Use a topical application of bergamot essential oil to treat infections in the kidneys/urinary tract and intestines/colon. Put 10 drops in your bath water and take a long, relaxing soak. Mix a few drops of bergamot oil into a teaspoon of coconut oil and massage it into your skin on your throat, kidneys, stomach and intestines, including your lower abdominal area a couple times a day.

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12. Lower Cholesterol

Take 1,000 milligrams of bergamot daily to reduce your cholesterol. You’ll want to take bergamot capsules or tablets for this. You can get 500mg capsules online fairly easily. Based on the results of 77 patients who took bergamot in a clinical study, your cholesterol should drop within a month. If you are already taking medications to lower your cholesterol, talk to your doctor before you begin taking bergamot. He or she will probably want to monitor you closely and adjust your current medication.

13. Clear Congestion

Put 5 drops of bergamot EO onto your palm, rub your hands together, hold your hands over your nose and mouth and breathe in the vapor. This will help clear the congestion from your sinuses and chest. Diffusing a few drops of bergamot oil with your diffuser can also help. Mix 5 or 6 drops of the oil into a teaspoon of coconut oil and rub it on your throat and chest. You can also have a cup of Earl Grey tea or add 1 to 2 drops of food grade bergamot to your favorite tea.

14. Starve a Fever

Use bergamot EO to lower your fever. It actually does this by relieving your stress level and encouraging the secretion of certain hormones. Just put a few drops of the essential oil in your diffuser or oil burner when you are feverish. You will feel better in no time.

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15. Prevent Bacterial Infection and Tetanus

Apply bergamot essential oil to fresh wounds to prevent bacterial infections and tetanus. This EO’s antibacterial and antiseptic properties kill the bacteria before it can flourish. Put 5 drops of bergamot EO on a piece of gauze or a cotton ball and dab it right on the wound.

16. Fight Cavities

Use bergamot EO to reduce infection in broken or cracked teeth and teeth with cracked fillings where germs have worked their way into the tooth. Put 2 to 3 drops of the oil on the palm of your hand, dip your finger into the oil then gently dab or rub it on your tooth. You can use a cotton swab to apply the oil, if you prefer. You can also mix a few drops of bergamot EO into a glass of tepid water and rinse your mouth with it or add a few drops of the oil to your toothpaste.

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17. Wear as Deodorant

Use bergamot essential oil as a deodorant. Its antibacterial properties and fresh, citrus fragrance will keep your underarms smelling fresh all day. You can add 2 to 3 drops of the oil to your current deodorant, if it is a liquid. You can also just put a few drops of bergamot EO on each armpit or, if you prefer, mix a few drops of bergamot oil with a fast-absorbing carrier oil like argan oil. It’s best if you put the oil on your armpit right after you shower.

Was this list helpful to you? I was fascinated to learn about this wonderful citrus-based essential oil that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. It’s not just another citrus essential oil. It has some very helpful, healing properties that other citrus oils may not have. Hopefully, you will begin to take advantage of this essential oil and enjoy all of its amazing benefits.

Please leave a comment to let me know if this list helped and tell me about your own personal experiences with bergamot essential oil. We’ll just keep adding to the on-going list of great uses. Be sure to share, too, so that others can become aware of all the uses for this essential oil.

About the author

    Reannan Raine

    Reannan worked in the non-profit sector for 30 years. Now she devotes her time to freelance writing and sharing knowledge about alternative ways to stay healthy. She believes we could all benefit from the use of fresh herbs and spices in our cooking, essential oils in our medicine cabinets and daily meditation.

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