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Bergamot Essential Oil Properties and Their Medicinal Applications

Updated on December 22, 2015

Herbal & Natural Remedies : What Is Bergamot Oil?

Introduction to Bergamot Essential Oils

Bergamot essential oil is one of several types of citrus oils, which are considered to be versatile and highly effective natural oils. It is extracted from a plant source known scientifically as Citrus bergamia. It must not be confused with bergamot herb, which produces an entirely different type of oil and can therefore deliver different results when used in aromatherapy.

It utilizes cold expression method to extract essential oils from this citrus plant and is among the most widely used essential oil in the field of aromatherapy. This is made possible by the rich amount of therapeutic and medicinal properties found in the oil to produce healing.

The essential oil itself emits a citrus-like scent with a hint of spicyness. Upon inhalation of this oil, it creates a refreshing and uplifting effect on the body. However, there are a lot more benefit that bergamot essential oil can bring than just a “feel good” sensation. Learn more about these benefits below.

Antidepressant and Stimulant Properties

Agents such as limonene and alpha pinene are found in the components of bergamot essential oil, which are responsible for producing antidepressant and stimulant effect upon using the oil. If you notice, inhaling the essences of bergamot oil creates a revitalized and refreshing feeling to the entire body as an immediate response to the aroma. However, the impact of inhaling the essences of bergamot oil goes deep within such that it improves your blood circulation. When this happens, a whole range of benefits can be enjoyed such as a sense of calmness and peace, as well as renewed vitality.

Other reasons that make such benefits possible on the outside takes place within your body. Bergamot essential oil deliver the following benefits that gives you that “feel good” sensation: proper distribution of nutrients through the entire body (as an effect of improved circulation), reduced blood sugar level, and faster decomposition of sugar, thus giving you more energy.

Disinfectant and Antibiotic Properties

In the absence of antibiotics, you can use bergamot essential oil instead to avoid infections or to prevent the spread of certain harmful microorganisms such as virus, bacteria, germs, and fungi. In doing so, you can protect your own health or prevent a condition from worsening.

If you take time to read labels of various natural disinfectant soaps in the market, you will find bergamot essential oil as one of the common ingredients, especially the ones sold to cure skin disorders or infections. With the disinfectant properties from the oil, you can nourish and protect your skin against these organisms.

Antiseptic Properties

Bergamot essential oil makes a great alternative to your home first aid kit due to its antiseptic properties that treat wounds, bruises, or cuts effectively. This particular property promotes faster healing for your wounds to maintain a flawless skin complexion. On the other hand, bergamot is a natural antiseptic that fights tetanus development, which can prove to be fatal in the long run. You can also use bergamot oil for treatment of the following conditions: eczema, ulcer, cracked heels, and any form of itching.

Sedative and Relaxant Properties

Feeling depressed, stressed out, or emotionally and physically tensed? Bergamot oil is a natural relaxant that will provide just the kind of relief you need. The oils produced from bergamot is rich in flavonoids that makes its way onto your bloodstream and helps soothe your nerves. Aside from depression, it can also treat a wide range of conditions including anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, tension, and emotional stress.

Digestive Properties

There are a lot of common digestive disorders that affect various individuals at one time or another. Hence, bergamot essential oil offer an effective yet natural remedy when this condition strikes to ensure that you can restore proper digestive function. In fact, the earlier texts that showcase the history of using bergamot essential oil for medicinal purposes point to it being used by ancient folks for digestive relief.

Its most basic function is to restore normal secretion of digestive fluids such as enzymes and biles for proper function in your digestive system. Moreover, it relaxes your stomach muscles for proper contraction and ease during digestion.

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Other Properties

In addition to the properties listed above, here are some other useful applications that you can utilize with bergamot essential oil:

*Cicatrisant: This property of bergamot essential oil makes it a popular ingredient within the cosmetic industry. Some of the common types of products that use this oil as an ingredient include cosmetic soaps, lotions, and creams. This agent enables the oil to remove visible scars on the surface of the skin or completely remove it with continued use. It also facilitates in a uniform distribution of melanin and pigments in your skin for a fairer-looking complexion free off any scars and marks.

*Vermifuge: This property of bergamot oil makes it strong enough to kill worms yet safe for your children to use. Other useful applications for bergamot oil that utilize this property include fighting oral germs or cavities by using it as a natural mouthwash. Doing this could also help to protect and strengthen your teeth.

*Antispasmodic: This property oil bergamot oil is effective in relaxing your nerves and muscles, thus relieving from painful cramps, muscle contractions, convulsions, among others.

*Deodorant: If you have body odor problems, then bergamot essential oil is a natural solution against your dilemma. It makes an excellent natural deodorant, which is more effective than most commercial deodorants in the market today. The disinfectant properties inhibit the growth of germs that cause body odor, while the refreshing fragrance from the oil helps make you feel and smell fresh all day.

Photosensitivity of Bergamot Oil

Although bergamot essential oil has been proven to be safe and effective, it is photosensitive and can result in various forms of irritation or complications when exposed to direct sunlight. Thus, you need to be careful about going out in the sun or being exposed to warm temperatures while you are using bergamot essential oil, especially on your skin. The presence of sunlight or ultraviolet rays creates a reaction in the chemical component of the oil, thus making it toxic.

The best way to prevent acquiring side effects due to photosensitivity of bergamot essential oil is to avoid going out into the sun. If this is not possible, make sure to wear enough protective gears that would protect your skin against exposure from sunlight.

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    Katrina Ariel 8 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

    Great hub! I love the smell of bergamot essential oil. It makes me happy! :)