The bergamot fruit is interestingly a cross between the lemon and orange tree, and the fruit and essential oil that is extracted from it holds many nutritional benefits and unexpected uses! For example, the bergamot oil is what turns regular English breakfast tea, into Earl Grey tea.
The essential oil is cold compressed from the rind of the fruit, of which is grown in tropical environments and used as a popular component in perfumes as the ‘top note’.
Bergamot oil boasts more than just a refreshing scent; there are other health and benefits from the essential oil you can discover.
Antidepressant & Stimulant
The components of bergamot oil create freshness, joy and energy in a person who is feeling sad or depressed. The components are Alpha Pinene and Limonene, which are naturally occurring stimulants.
Bergamot improves blood circulation, stimulates hormonal secretion and maintains a proper metabolic rate. All of which contribute to a healthy, happy mind. Its high impact on hormones is why bergamot is so powerful when it comes to assisting mental health conditions.
Relaxant & Sedative
You will find plenty of relaxing flavonoids in bergamot oil. They help to soothe and calm nerves, reduce tension and feelings of anxiety. Simply by relaxing, you can reduce the effects that come with feeling stressed such as high blood pressure, irritability, mood swings, loss of sleep and depression.
The essential oils work by stimulating the feel-good hormones in the body, dopamine and serotonin, both of which, when activated, can evoke feelings of sedation and relaxation.
Bergamot oil can activate digestive fluids such as bile and insulin in the gut, but it also encourages acids and enzymes too. With this happening, it quickens the digestive process and reduces the strain on our intestinal tract.
With a healthy digestive system, it reduces the risk of constipation, ensures the bowel moves regularly and prevents further gastrointestinal complications.
You will find bergamot oil in several of our natural deodorants, including Schmidt’s and the Natural Deodorant Company, due to the essential oil’s strong, pleasant aroma and disinfectant properties. The oil leaves a pleasing scent when used on the underarms and makes the perfect ingredient to inhibit the growth of germs, which causes body odour.
There are a lot of antiseptic properties in bergamot oil, so it promotes fast healing wounds, cracks on skin, ulcers, eczema and itching.
Not only does it help wounds and sores from healing, but it also stops wounds from becoming septic and developing the formation of other infections.
Due to its citrus aroma and benefits in relaxing the body, bergamot makes an excellent addition to skincare. Adding a few drops over your skin in the shower or using bergamot infused bath products can help promote healthy looking skin, reduce inflammation in the skin and ease the tension when used to massage the skin.