Uses & Benefits Of Bergamot Oil

We all have that certain scent. That scent that, when we smell it, makes us feel so good; so at home. It makes us feel like us.

For me, that scent has always been jasmine. Even looking at the word gives me that feeling. But I’ve recently added another to the list. And that, my friends, is bergamot.

The Bergamot orange, or Citrus bergamia, is a fruit that looks like a cross between an orange and a lemon – and not for no reason. It’s believed to be a hybrid of the sweet lemon and the Seville orange. It comes from a small tree that is most commonly grown in southern Italy, but can also be found in southern France as well as southern Turkey.

benefits of bergamot oil

For the mind: Bergamot oil has a beautiful sweet citrus scent that is uplifting yet relaxing at the same time. That may sound like an oxymoron, but one whiff and you’ll know exactly what I mean. The scent can help relieve stress, anxiety, and depression by opening up the heart chakra and bringing positivity to the mind. It also improves blood circulation, which creates energetic feelings of freshness and joy from within.

As I write this, I sit here with a small bottle of it right next to me, lifting it up to my nose every minute or two. I seriously can not get enough.

benefits of bergamot oil

For the body: Bergamot oil is commonly used in skincare products like soaps and creams, due to its ability to reduce scars and even out skin tone. It also has disinfectant properties, which inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria. That, coupled with its gorgeous aroma, makes this oil a prime ingredient for natural deodorants like this one!

Forget pain meds, favor a bottle of bergamot essential oil instead. It’s often used as a pain remedy – especially for headaches and muscle aches – because it stimulates the release of certain hormones in the body which cause you to be less sensitive to pain. Bergamot oil is often used for digestion, as well, as it helps increase digestive acid secretions, and speeds up the digestive process as a whole.

benefits of bergamot oil

How to use: To use topically, add a drop of bergamot essential oil into 1 or 2 teaspoons of a carrier oil like avocado, coconut, or almond, then rub into your skin. Wait until it’s fully absorbed before going outside, and avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight, as bergamot oil may increase sensitivity to UV light.

benefits of bergamot oil

To use aromatically, the scent is safe to be inhaled directly. Just like I’m doing right now…

Internal use is not recommended without expert supervision, as it’s difficult to be sure if you’re dealing with a substance that’s totally safe to ingest – I’d say it’s best to just avoid this altogether! However, you can just treat yourself to a cup of Earl Grey tea. Bergamot oil is what gives it its beautifully unique flavor!

benefits of bergamot oil

A note of caution: Bergamot essential oil contains a component that can become toxic if exposed to sunlight, so be sure to store the oil in a dark bottle in a dark place!

Anyone out there love bergamot oil as much as I do? Come forward!

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8 years ago

Oh my goodness this oil sounds like a dream! I am definitely going to buy myself a bottle.

8 years ago

I also love this oil (Young Living), but I didn’t know about it’s skincare uses. Using it on my face will bring the scent closer. Thanks!

8 years ago

As a massage therapist and esthetician I often use the scent to ground my clients before their services. I’ll put just a few drops in my hands, and hold them above the nose, I then instruct them to take a deep inhale through the nose, exhale through the mouth. During the exhale, I’ll place my hands on the clients body so the oil transfers to them. They get to continuously smell the scent which reminds them it’s time to decompress. As they are taking their breath, I’m sure to do it too to ensure my own grounding before the service. I love it! xo

8 years ago

I love bergamot oil too, but it will take over a blend if one isn’t super sparing with it. I love it mixed with rose, patchouli and cedarwood for an uplifting but earthy blend.

8 years ago

Thank you for writing about bergamot. It is my favorite scent.

8 years ago

Thanks for the intro to Bergamot :)
xx, Tiffany |

8 years ago

I’ve never smelled Beramot before, but citrus smells are amazing… so I’ll have to try and find this one.


8 years ago

Great Article on Bergamot. We at Amber Products use that in some of our products. Let me know if we can send you a samples of our skincare products for you.


8 years ago

i’ve always fawned over earl grey tea because of the scent and the taste. it’s so different from all the other black teas out there which is what i started with on my path of tea. now i know the source of it’s magic! i will follow up on this bergamot oil for sure :)

8 years ago

Gonna buy me some bergamot oil soon.
You guys always have the best advice.
Can we run off into the sunset together?

8 years ago

So if you mix it with jojoba and happen to use jojoba oil on your face and go into the sun, that would be toxic?

8 years ago

Bergamot and grapefruit are my favorite combination when making body scrubs and soap! :)


8 years ago

May I ask where did you buy such a beautiful mug?

7 years ago

I agree bergamot is an amazing oil! It is also known to give Earl Grey Tea its unique flavor.

6 years ago

I have chronic back pain and recently discovered a few drops bergamot mixed with a carrier oil and rub it into my lower back indeed decreases the pain level! At first I couldn’t believe it but it really does help. And as I’m unable to take pain meds of any kind this oil is truly Gods gift!

5 years ago

I put bergamot in my shampoo because i colour my grey hair every 4 weeks. My hair always shines and smells great!

5 years ago

I put 8 drops of oil strait into a 16oz bottle of spring water after a long day! What a mood changer! Strong feeling of energetic calm, mild tingly sensation at times. I’ve even felt mental clarity with an emphasis seemingly at pineal gland!

5 years ago

I just got a bottle of bergamot oil and am looking forward to using it. I was wondering though can I use it on other products I have like lotions and shampoos?