Bergamot Oil: What is it & What Are the Benefits?

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If having sensitive and oily skin is a problem you face (pun intended) on a daily basis, we may have found a solution that'll help balance oil levels and leave your face feeling refreshed. Bergamot oil has been used to calm the mind and act as a natural cleanser for your skin so here at The Idle Man, we've got all you need to know about it.

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Bergamot essential oil has many beneficial properties and is used for in perfumes, pharmaceutical products as well as being beneficial for sensitive and oily skin. The oil comes in a small pot which can be used on its own or combined with other oils and lotions so you can create your own homemade essential oil that is personalised to suit you.

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PHOTO CREDIT: The Tao Of Tea - Bergamot Oranges

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What Is Bergamot?

Bergamot oil is an essential oil that's native to Southeast Asia - it's cold pressed and extracted from the peel of the bergamot orange fruit. The fruit is a similar size to an orange with a yellow lemon colour and a similar shape to a pear - so basically it's a mix of all three fruits that give you many health and skin benefits. Scientifically called citrus bergamia, the fruit has a citrus scent and sweet lemon taste and is used commonly in fragrances and earl grey tea.

Bergamot Oil

Bergamot essential oil is known to enhance your mood and ease the mind, this is due to its citrus smell. The clean and refreshing citrus fragrance, therefore, works really well to give a calming, cleansing and soothing quality both inside and out. Bergamot oil is often one of the main ingredients for many perfumes as it has the ability to balance out and mix with other essential oils enhancing the fragrance. As well as being used for perfumes, it is commonly used in the pharmaceutical industry for medicines due to the antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties. The use of the oil on your skin will help soothe and calm areas while also balancing out any oil levels. The oil works well as a cleanser and is often mixed with other oils to enhance these properties.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Lica Cole - Bergamot Oil and Fruit

Bergamot Oil Benefits

Bergamot oil has many benefits, especially for the skin and body. This is a natural essential oil so it comes to no surprise that it's great for those of you with sensitive skin. The oil will help to cool and calm any inflamed areas and keep your face feeling refreshed and clean. Below are some of the top bergamot essential oil benefits.

  • Its main function that makes it ideal for the skin is that it's a good natural facial cleanser. The oil helps to remove any dirt and impurities because of the antibacterial and antiseptic qualities. As well as this, the oil is able to unclog pores making it ideal for over oily skin.
  • Another bonus of bergamot oil is that it's widely used as an antidepressant. This is an all natural remedy that's stimulating and creates the sense of joy, energy and freshness. The oil helps to promote and improved blood flow and circulation which is what makes it a good alternative to antidepressant medication that may sometimes have severe side effects. There are no bergamot oil side effects. Use one or two drops of the oil, rubbed together in-between your hands and cupped around the mouth and nose area and breath the oil in slowly, this will leave you feeling refreshed.
  • The oil is known as a relaxant and sedative making it good for stress relief and other related issues. The oil can be used as a diffuser or oil burner to help reduce nervous tension and anxiety due to the smell giving feelings of ease and contentment. The oil can help to stimulate hormones such as dopamine and serotonin which contribute to feelings of relaxation and stress relief.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Style craze - Bergamot Fruit

On That Note

Bergamot essential oil has healing, pain relief and antidepressant properties that make this oil useful to suit a wide range of people. The oil can also help with over oily and sensitive skin as it's gentle yet effective and is able to remove dirt and impurities. There are many other internal benefits of bergamot oil ranging from taming fevers to helping the digestive system. The oil can be used sparingly with one of two drops rubbed onto the skin or infused in a scent. Like many oils, bergamot oil's side effects may cause the skin to be irritable if the oil is not heavily diluted, however, the liquid when bought is diluted enough to use without any major concerns.

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