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- Studies show antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative (inhibits tumor cell growth), and analgesic effects
- Studies show increases bone volume, decreases psoriatic plaques, increases skin collagen content, and promotes hair growth
- Use for treating pathogenic fungus that grows on skin, mucous membranes, hair, nails, feathers, and other body surfaces, causing ringworm and related diseases
- Promotes anxiety relief
- Helps lift the mood
- May be useful for low spirits
- Promotes a calming and balancing effect on the mind and emotions
- Encourages a brighter, more cheerful disposition
- Highly valued in the perfume industry
- Research at the University of Milan showed benefits for depression, anxiety and hysteria
Botanical/Latin Name: Citrus bergamia
Distillation: Cold pressed fresh peel
How Grown: Conventional
Aromas: Fresh, sweet, fruity, citrus, spicy and floral
Chemical Family: Monoterpene, Ester, Monoterpenol
GC/MS Tested: 100% Pure and Natural
FDA Approved: Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) Status
A rich, sweet, fruity scent with a refreshing citrus aroma, Bergamot’s scent has an uplifting and balancing effect on the mind and emotions.
More complex than most citrus oils, Bergamot's middle notes are slightly herbal and somewhat balsamic.
Studies showed several biological activities of bergamot essential oils, such as antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative (inhibits tumor cell growth), and analgesic effects, including effects on the central nervous and cardiovascular systems.
A broad systemic review of 31 studies (20 of them on humans with 1709 subjects) showed bergamot essential oil increases bone volume, decreases psoriatic plaques, increases skin collagen content, and promotes hair growth.
Data from this study indicate that bergamot oil is active in vitro against several common species of dermatophytes, suggesting its potential use for topical treatment of dermatophytoses (ringworm and tinea). The study concluded, "These results give substantial support to popular or anecdotal beliefs in the effectiveness of treating skin and mucosal infections with bergamot oil for treating pathogenic fungus that grows on skin, mucous membranes, hair, nails, feathers, and other body surfaces, causing ringworm and related diseases."
Unlike other citrus oils Bergamot has more of a fixative effect. The main chemical constituent of Bergamot oil is Linalyl acetate, which is also found in high amounts in Lavender oil.
Highly valued in the perfume industry, Bergamot is often used in perfume blends like Eau de Cologne.
Frequently used in skin care formulations, Bergamot oil may be effective for treating acne, cold sores, skin rash, eczema, herpes and shingles.
Psycho-emotionally, Bergamot oil promotes balance to unstable emotions. It may be useful for overcoming anxiety, depression, despair and worry.
Paolo Rovesti, a professor at the University of Milan, Italy, conducted research at several psychiatric clinics with essential oils showing their benefits for depression, anxiety and hysteria. He described the most important psychological benefits of Bergamot oil as "relieving fear" and "calming anxiety."
Bergamot oil is often recommended for use in 'stop smoking' blends.
it is traditionally used as a flavoring in Earl Grey tea.
SUGGESTED USE ON LABEL: Adult: Dispense 1-3 drops on a cotton ball or smell strip and inhale, or as directed.
CAUTIONS: Phototoxic (moderate risk), may be photocarcinogenic. Avoid oxidized oils, recommend refrigeration. Maximum dermal use level .4% to avoid photo toxicity. If above the recommended dermal use level avoid direct sunlight or sun bed for 12 hours as skin pigmentation may result.