Bergamot Essential Oil: properties, benefits, uses

Bergamot essential oil : properties, price, where to buy it, does it really work? All information on bergamot essential oil.

The essential oil of bergamot or essence of bergamot, is extracted from the peel of the citrus fruit. It takes the skins of about 100 bergamots to produce only 85ml of  essential oil. This oil is obtained with the cold pressing process of the peels.

The percentage composition of any essential oil changes according to the material of origin and according to the production. Generally speaking, the most abundant compounds in this essential oil are:

  • Limonène
  • Acétate de Linalyle
  • Linalool
  • γ-Terpinène
  • β-Pinène

It is thanks to these compounds that bergamot essential oil includes certain qualities, here are what they are and how to use it both in cosmetics and for internal use.

Bergamot essential oil

Bergamot essential oil is used on the skin only if diluted with carrier oil (or carrier oil) as the almond oil  or the avocado oil.

The bergamot essential oil is used to treat psoriasis, or to mitigate the skin depigmentation (such as vitiligo). It is also used as a natural repellent to keep insects away from the body as well as a tanning sun oil. The use of bergamot essential oil as a bronzer is not recommended, it would seem that exposure to ultraviolet rays of light, due to compounds such as bergapten, citroptene, bergamottin and nerale, would cause tanning and redness of the skin due to an effect  phototoxic.

Bergamot essential oil for internal use

Many users are interested in bergamot essential oil for internal use and its impact on cholesterol. This is because bergamot, when compared to other citrus fruits, contains more polyphenols. It is believed that polyphenols may play a crucial role in inhibiting fat absorption thereby lowering the total cholesterol level. Bergamot is supposed to stimulate the secretion of hormones capable of increasing metabolic rates (stimulate metabolism).

Those interested in bergamot essential oil for these reasons, can consider increasing the consumption of broad beans in the daily diet: broad beans perform an activating action of the metabolism as they provide the precursor of the neurotransmitter L-DOPA, they also contain a high level of rate of polyphenols and vegetable fibres that significantly reduce the absorption of fats and help the regular expulsion of toxins. The use of essential oils for internal use can hide health risks, therefore it is recommended only when there are no natural alternatives as effective. Better to consult your doctor’s opinion before using it as a  do-it-yourself treatment.

Those who cannot do without it can take advantage of Earl Gray Tea, a type of black tea flavored with bergamot essential oil.

Bargamotto essential oil in aromatherapy

In aromatherapy, the essential oil of bergamot, especially when combined with that of lavender and peppermint, is able to counteract stress and reduce nervous hunger. It is perfect for scenting the home where you spend most of your time (living room, kitchen…).

In aromatherapy, bergamot essential oil is used to calm emotional stress and relax the spirit.

Bergamot essential oil, other properties

It has a fresh, light, fruity and slightly balsamic aroma. It has astringent and purifying properties. Other properties of bergamot essence:

  • deodorants
  • vermifuge
  • antibiotics
  • antiseptics
  • antispamodics
  • sedative
  • analgesics
  • antidepressants
  • disinfectants
  • febrifuges
  • cicatrizants
  • digestive

Bergamot essential oil, price and where to buy it

Bergamot essence can be purchased in herbalists or at shops specializing in the sale of natural products. The price of bergamot essential oil  varies according to the manufacturer, the extraction process (there are still those who produce it by hand with the manual pressing of the peels) and the raw material used (whether organic or not). 

Please note: the products indicated are for cosmetic use only. Although pure and natural, they cannot be used for internal use. The reason? The production chain does not meet the high standards required for products to be taken. The price of bergamot essential oil for internal use is higher.

Many recommend it in case of high cholesterol, however, its use in case of non-optimal health conditions should always be carried out with great caution and after obtaining medical advice.

Where to buy bergamot essential oil for internal use? Also in this case you can contact your trusted herbalist’s or phyto-pharmacies.

Like any other essential oil, it cannot be used pure! Both for internal use and for cosmetic use, it will be necessary to dilute the essence of bergamot  in another liquid.

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