The health benefits of bergamot essential oil can be attributed to its properties as a deodorant, vulnerary, vermifuge, antibiotic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, and a sedative. It also acts as an analgesic, antidepressant, disinfectant, febrifuge, cicatrizant, and a digestive substance.
Phew, is there anything this oil doesn’t do?
Bergamot is a citrus fruit whose rind is used for extracting bergamot essential oil. (1) The scientific name of bergamot is Citrus aurantium var. or Citrus bergamia. It is a tropical plant but thrives in Europe as well. Its powerful sweet aroma of bergamot oil makes it a popular component in many perfumes, and it is often used as the “top note”. It is derived from cold compression, as opposed to the steam distillation through which many other essential oils are derived. Interestingly, this tree is the result of a cross between a lemon tree and an orange tree. When bergamot essential oil is included in regular black tea is given a different name, Earl Gray! Bergamot is used to promote and sooth the digestion and it can even be rubbed directly onto the stomach.
The chemical composition of this oil includes alpha-pinene, alpha bergapten, alpha-terpineol, limonene, linalool, linalyl acetate, nerol, neryl acetate, beta bisabolene, geraniol, geraniol acetate, and myrcene.
For your skin: The cicatrizant in bergamot speeds the healing of scars, including acne scars, wounds, cracks, ulcers, eczema, itching, and infection of wounds. It also makes the distribution of pigments and melanin uniform, resulting in the fading away of marks and an even, attractive skin tone. With all the benefits Bergamot offers it is logical that it also aids in toning the skin, keeping you looking and feeling youthful. No wonder we love to include Bergamot in so many of our face and body products, especially within our range of Sativa Skin Solutions.
For your wellbeing: Apart from the delightful and unusual fragrance of bergamot, the list of benefits to your wellbeing are so numerous we have listed them separately below! For all these reasons we choose to use bergamot extensively in our ‘therapeutic’ products, including our fragrance blends, perfume oils, fragrant mists, pillow mists, bath and body oil, and MagHemp Sleep Lotion. By including it in so many of our face, body, skin and hair products your general wellbeing is enhanced as a bonus!
As a fragrance: The powerful sweet aroma and unusual spiciness of bergamot oil makes it a popular component in many of our perfumes, blends and aromatic sprays. Our fragrances make you smell wonderful whilst also offering you numerous health benefits (see below).
For your hair: Why not use this AMAZING ingredient to help tame your hair, making it silky smooth and manageable, while also giving you the many health benefits, listed below? Our Silk Tresses is a hair product with the WOW factor.
Other benefits: Bergamot is reputed to: Aid digestion, eliminate bad odours, reduce fever, fight infections, kill worms, cleanse the mouth, reduce the feeling of pain, promote digestion, reduce fever, assist with kidney and urinary tract infections, improve circulation, relieve depression, reduce nervous tension, anxiety and stress, relieve spasms, cramps and convulsions by relaxing nerves and muscles, relieve chronic coughing and respiratory conditions (anti-congestion, expectorant, elimination of toxins). Bergamot essential oil is also a tonic, which means that it tones up the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, excretory, and nervous system, as well as the skin and muscles.
A word of Caution: Normally, Bergamot oil must be protected from sunlight, because bergapten, one of its components becomes poisonous if exposed to sunlight. However, we always use Bergapten FREE Bergamot so that it is always “safe” for you to go out in the sun after using our products.