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The Benefits of Bergamot Oil

written by: Lisa Lambson • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 4/8/2010

Bergamot oil is antiseptic and antibacterial making it effective against bacteria, fungi and viruses. It can be used in a variety of ways. Learn more about how to use bergamot oil for your health issues.

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    Get To Know Bergamot Oil

    Bergamot oil is an essential oil that originated in the Canary Islands. It is thought that Columbus may have been the first to bring bergamot from the Canary Islands to Italy where it is cultivated now. The oil is extracted or pressed from the plant.

    There are many benefits derived from bergamot oil. It is antiseptic and antibacterial making it effective against bacteria, fungi and viruses. Bergamot oil is also a natural mosquito repellent. It can be used anywhere on the body externally. It is safe to inhale it or add it to lotions, soaps and baths. Use care to make sure it is diluted with a carrier oil before applying to the skin to prevent irritations or allergic reactions. This is not common but the first time you use it, you should apply a small amount and give it at least an hour to make sure there is no reaction.

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    Ways To Use Bergamot Oil

    • Apply a couple of drops of bergamot oil to a cotton ball and inhale gently to lift the spirits, diminish anxiety, fear and anger, and to calm your nerves.

    • Apply 1 or 2 drops of bergamot oil directly to cuts and scratches to get the antiseptic and antibacterial effects.

    • Add 3-5 drops of bergamot oil to your bath water to treat skin infections and vaginal itch.

    • Place a few drops of bergamot oil in a diffuser to combat fatigue and exhaustion and provide a boost of energy.

    • Add 3-5 drops of bergamot oil to a bowl of hot, steaming water, cover your head with a towel to keep the steam in, and allow the steam to absorb into skin for cleansing and healing the skin.

    • Apply to any irritated skin like acne, insect bites, cold sores, eczema and psoriasis.

    • Add bergamot oil to bath water to relieve stress and depression. For an even more beneficial effect, add clary sage oil or sweet orange oils. Mix the oils in a carrier oil such as grape seed oil for more even distribution and to add moisturizing effects.

    Other uses for bergamot oil include increasing appetite, removing intestinal parasites and it is also used in many perfumes and colognes.

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