1. Helps to Relieve Depression
There are many signs of depression, including fatigue, sad mood, lack of sexual appetite, lack of appetite, feelings of helplessness and disinterest in common activities. Each person experiences this mental health condition in a different way. The good news is that there are natural remedies for depression that are effective and reach the root cause of the problem. This includes components of bergamot essential oil, which have antidepressant and stimulant qualities. Bergamot is known for its ability to promote joy, freshness and increased energy by improving blood circulation.
A study conducted in 2011 suggests that the application of mixed essential oils to participants helps treat the symptoms of depression and anxiety. For this study, the combined essential oils consisted of bergamot and lavender oils, and participants were analyzed based on their blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate and skin temperature. In addition, subjects had to assess their emotional state in terms of relaxation, vigor, calmness, attention, mood, and alertness to evaluate behavioral changes.
The participants in the experimental group applied the mixture of essential oils topically to the skin of their abdomens. Compared to placebo, mixed essential oils caused significant decreases in pulse rate and blood pressure. On an emotional level, the subjects of the combined essential oils group rated themselves as “calmer” and “more relaxed” than the subjects in the control group. The research demonstrates the relaxing effect of a blend of lavender and bergamot oils and provides evidence for its use in medicine to treat depression or anxiety in humans.
And a pilot study of 2017 found that when the bergamot oil was inhaled for 15 minutes by women in the waiting room of a mental health treatment center. The researchers found that exposure to bergamot improved the positive feelings of participants in the experimental group.
To use bergamot oil for depression and mood swings, rub 1-2 drops on your hands and cup your mouth and nose, slowly breathe in the aroma of the oil. You can also try rubbing 2-3 drops of bergamot on your stomach, the back of the neck and feet, or spreading 5 drops at home or at work.
2. Helps Lower Blood Pressure
Bergamot oil helps maintain proper metabolic rates by stimulating hormonal secretions, digestive juices, bile, and insulin. This helps the digestive system and allows the proper absorption of nutrients. These juices also assimilate the decomposition of sugar and can lower blood pressure.
A 2006 study involving 52 patients with hypertension indicates that bergamot oil, in combination with lavender and ylang-ylang, can be used to reduce the responses of psychological stress, serum cortisol levels, and blood pressure levels. The three patients with hypertension mixed and inhaled the three essential oils daily for four weeks. The researchers found that levels of blood pressure, pulse, stress and anxiety, and cortisol levels were significantly different from those found in the placebo and control groups.
To help reduce your blood pressure and heart rate, spread 5 drops of bergamot at home or at work, or apply 2-3 drops topically on your temples and abdomen.
3. Prevents and Fights Infections
Bergamot oil is used in soaps for the skin because it helps to inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi. According to a review published in Frontiers in Pharmacology, it has been reported that bergamot essential oil can inhibit the growth of Campylobacter jejuni, Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Bacillus cereus and Staphylococcus aureus.
In vitro studies also show that bergamot oil may play a potential role in the topical treatment of Candida infections. And, in addition to this, laboratory studies indicate that the components of bergamot, especially linalool, are effective against common food pathogens.
To take advantage of this amazing benefit, diffuse 5 drops of bergamot or apply 2–3 drops topically to your throat, abdomen, and feet.
4. Relieves Stress and Anxiety
Bergamot oil is a relaxant, reduces nervous tension and acts as a relief from stress and a natural remedy for anxiety. A study published in Complementary Medicine Research indicates that when healthy women are exposed to the vapors of bergamot oil, they show psychological and physiological effects.
The volunteers were exposed to three experimental configurations: resting alone, resting and steam, and resting and steam of bergamot essential oil for 15 minutes. Saliva samples were collected immediately after each set-up and volunteers completed the profiles on their current mood, anxiety levels, and fatigue levels.
The researchers found that salivary cortisol levels were significantly lower in the bergamot group than in the rest of the group alone, and the bergamot group had improved negative emotions and fatigue scores. It was concluded that the inhalation of vapors of bergamot essential oils exerts psychological and physiological effects in a relatively short period of time. It is not surprising that bergamot is one of the best essential oils for anxiety.
To relieve stress and anxiety using bergamot oil, spread 5 drops at home or at work, inhale the oil directly from the bottle or apply 2 or 3 drops topically at the temples and nape of the neck. You can also try my DIY stress reduction solution that is made with bergamot, lavender, frankincense and myrrh essential oils.
5. Alleviates Pain
Bergamot oil is an excellent way to reduce the symptoms of sprains, muscle aches, and headaches. Instead of relying on painkillers that have unpleasant side effects, use this safe and natural oil to reduce pain and tension.
Research shows that bergamot oil has analgesic effects and can be used in complementary medicine to minimize stress in the body. (8, 9) And a review of pharmacological studies published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences found that linalool, a component found in the oils of bergamot, lavender, and rosewood, possesses several pharmacological activities, including anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anticonvulsants. The researchers believe that this may be the ability of linalool to block the effects on pain receptors and inhibit the release of substance P, a compound that is involved in the transmission of pain and other nerve impulses.
To reduce pain, rub five drops of bergamot oil on your sore muscles or where you feel the tension. To cover a larger surface, combine bergamot with a carrier oil such as coconut oil.
6. Boosts Skin Health
Bergamot oil has soothing, antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, so it works well to improve the health of your skin when applied topically. The essential oil of bergamot can be used to eliminate scars and marks on the skin, tone the skin and soothe skin irritations. In Italian folk medicine, it was used to facilitate wound healing and was added to homemade skin disinfectants.
To improve the health of your skin or promote healing, put five drops of bergamot oil on a ball or cotton pad and rub it into the infected area. You can also add 10 drops of bergamot oil to the warm water of your bath: the benefits of a bath of bergamot oil go far beyond your skin. It is great for your mood and to reduce the accumulated tension.