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Bergamot Essential Oil

Health Benefits and More

Bergamot Essential Oil is a sweet smelling oil that comes from a citrus fruit.

When first researching essential oils, Bergamot was not something that I was very familiar with. But the more I read, the more I wanted it.

It has a lot of benefits and while it's great for anyone to use, I think women will particularly like this one.

One of the surprising facts I learned was that it is phototoxic - which means that if you have it on your skin when out in the sun, or on a sunbed, it will cause pigmentation of the skin.

Fresh Bergamot Fruit produce a sweet smelling oil that comes from a citrus fruit.
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The Benefits

  • It's a diuretic, meaning it helps to reduce water weight, bloating and cramping
  • It improves the digestive system
  • It aids in digestion
  • It gives your skin a healthy glow
  • It can whiten your teeth if mixed with water and used as mouthwash (it contains anti bacterial properties).
  • It can reduce scarring - such as that of stretch marks and wrinkles.
  • The anti-scarring factor also makes it valuable in the treatment of chicken pox, shingles and cold sores - all quite nasty skin problems that can leave unsightly scarring, particularly if the skin becomes infected. See below for Recipes.
  • Relaxes your nervous system and relieves stress and tension
  • It can be used as a natural deodorant.
  • Issues that women suffer from such as urinary infections and thrush can also be aided by adding this natural oil to a bath.

    You can see why I think women would be especially fond of Bergamot as an aromatherapy essential oil.

  • If you're sick and are running a fever then this essential oil can also help to lower it due to its febrifuge properties (able to reduce fever).

  • How To Use Bergamot

  • If you are using it on your skin, then it is important to mix it with a carrier oil first.

  • You can add a few drops to your bath water to relieve stress, or aid in the recovery from a urinary infection or thrush.

  • The scent can also be directly inhaled.

    Recipes using Bergamot Essential Oil



  • 5 drops of Bergamot Essential Oil
  • 5 drops of Eucalyptus Oil
  • 20ml of a Carrier Oil, such as Jojoba or Olive Oil


  • Mix the above oils together, then dab onto the afflicted areas to speed the recovery, prevent scarring and reduce the chance of further skin infection.


  • 14 drops of Bergamot Essential Oil
  • 5 drops of Cypress Oil
  • 6 drops of Juniper Oil
  • 50ml of a Carrier Oil, such as Jojoba or Olive Oil


  • Mix the above oils together, then gently massage into your face.

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