Have you ever had a steaming cup of Earl Grey in your hands and wondered, “What makes this tea so absolutely delicious?”
Chances are, you’re appreciating the effects of the bergamot on the flavour of your tea. A tangy form of citrus, bergamot is used as a flavouring not just in Earl Grey, but also in cocktails, sweets, and a variety of other foods.
Bergamot oil, an essential oil made from compounds taken from the rind of the fruit, also has many useful applications. Keep reading to learn the many uses of bergamot oil and how it can enhance your quality of life.
One note before we begin: always test out a new essential oil product on a small area of your skin to see if you have any allergic reactions. If you notice any swelling, redness, irritation, or other allergy symptoms, stop using it immediately.
Bergamot oil is well-known for its relaxing properties. It’s been helping people de-stress literally for centuries!
Many users of the oil also report that it sharpens their mental focus. If you’re looking for the right essential oil to use during your next study session, bergamot could be your new best friend.
Bergamot tends to pair well with other relaxing scents, such as eucalyptus, lavender, and chamomile. Experiment with mixing and matching to find your perfect scent blend!
Enhance Your Bathtime Routine
All of the aromatherapy benefits of bergamot can also be enjoyed as part of your regular bathtime or shower routine!
For aromatherapy, place a water-safe bergamot diffusing device in your bathroom or shower, like how you might hang eucalyptus from your shower head. Allow the scent to relax your mind and body as you carry on with your wash routine.
For topical applications of bergamot oil, you have your choice of a variety of methods. You can add a few drops directly to your bathwater either on its own or with your bubble bath solution.
You might also mix it in with your shampoos, body scrubs, or your post-bath lotion for direct and sustained application on your skin and scalp. Applied in this fashion, it can reduce scalp itchiness and increase the softness of your hair.
Elevate Your Skincare Game
You’ve probably heard all about the benefits of adding Vitamin C to your skincare routine, but did you know that bergamot oil can also be a great product to use while washing your face?
Bergamot has strong anti-inflammatory properties. It’s a great product to use if you struggle with acne, acne scarring, or other discolouration or irritation of the skin on your face. Over time, it may reduce swelling, eliminate redness, reduce irritation, and balance out your skin tone.
If you do add bergamot to your wash routine, start with a small amount. Use it as a spot treatment on affected areas rather than as an all-over product.
Make sure to also use sunscreen. Bergamot increases your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight, which means you could end up with a nasty burn if you don’t protect your face! (Besides, experts say you should be using at least 30 SPF on your face every day, regardless of the weather.)
Drift Off to Sleep More Easily
Bergamot is full of flavonoids, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds found in many foods, including many fruits and vegetables. They lower blood pressure, which is part of what makes bergamot so effective at helping you reduce stress.
This also means that it can be a helpful addition to your bedtime routine if you have difficulty falling asleep at night. Add a couple of drops of bergamot to your nighttime lotion or a nearby piece of fabric, and you’ll be sound asleep before you know it.
Boost Your Overall Health
Just as the scent of bergamot can have many positive effects on your emotional health and well-being, ingesting bergamot can also contribute to positive physical health effects.
Several clinical studies have shown that bergamot can contribute to lowering your cholesterol level. It also has the ability to lower your blood sugar and ease joint pain. Bergamot is also antimicrobial and has been used as a medicine in a variety of cultures throughout history (although it is rarely used for such purposes today).
While decreases in blood sugar and cholesterol levels might not be desirable for everyone, if you are looking for these health outcomes, a supplement made with bergamot oil might be a great choice for you! Just be sure to check with your doctor before adding any new supplements to your diet.
Additionally, only ingest products that are actually sold as supplements; consuming essential oil can be very dangerous for your health as they are manufactured for external use only.
Freshen Up Your Home
In addition to all its health and wellness benefits, bergamot oil smells amazing!
This beautiful citrus scent is perfect to use in the spring or anytime you want an energising scent in your home. If you like the smells of oranges and lemons, you’ll probably enjoy the scent of bergamot, as it’s believed to be a hybrid of the other two citrus fruits.
You can find the scent in candles and incense, available for purchase from many retailers. You can also purchase the essential oil and add it to either an essential oil diffuser or a regular humidifier. This is our recommended method, as it allows you to use as much or as little of the oil as you want.
Bergamot Oil: A Multi-Purpose Essential Oil
Bergamot oil is an incredible tool in the arsenal of essential oils. In addition to its anti-inflammatory and relaxing properties, it’s also just a wonderful scent, perfect for daily use in your home.
At Freshskin Beauty, we know how important it is for you to have access to the highest quality essential oil products at a price you can afford. That’s why we’re constantly refining our products to exceed industry standards and maintain compliance with European Safety Guidelines.
Want to test our products for yourself? Try our Bergamot Essential Oil today to see the Freshskin difference!