Bergamot Essential Oil, also known as Citrus bergamia and sour orange, has a floral, citrus, spicy, and fresh aroma. This sweet aromatic oil is highly effective on the skin and hair as a multi-purpose beauty oil.
Bergamot Essential Oil is produced from the skin (rinds) of the bergamot fruit (having an orange size but with a color similar to a lemon). South Africa and Ivory Coast are currently the African countries cultivating Bergamot oil, with Turkey, Italy, and France being the major cultivators.
Bergamot Essential Oil is extracted via steam distillation of the orange rinds (17 oranges can give between 2 to 3ml of the essential oil).
Skin Uses of Bergamot Essential Oil
- Bergamot Essential Oil is used as a fragrance in skin care products: lotions, creams, body butter, balm, bath bombs, etc.
- Bergamot Essential Oil is loaded with antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, treating eczema, wounds, rashes, and skin irritations
- Bergamot Essential Oil is a natural cicatrizant, healing scars, and wounds on time
- Bergamot Essential Oil unclogs pores and reduce sebum secretion thereby treating your acne and post-acne scars
- This essential oil makes a great skin tone when combined with witch hazel, aloe vera juice, and green tea
- The disinfectant properties of Bergamot Essential Oil kills the body odor-causing bacteria.
- The sweet fragrance of Bergamot oil calms the body, mind, and the nervous system
- This oil reduces the flakiness and dryness of the skin. Just combine few drops with your skincare products
- Combining three drops of Bergamot Essential Oil with lemon can give a powerful blemish removing serum (Do not use this if you have sensitive skin).
Hair Uses of Bergamot Essential Oil
- Bergamot Essential Oil contains properties (limonene and linalool) that promote blood circulation to your scalp, increasing your hair growth
- The antimicrobial and antiviral properties of this oil prevents your scalp from infection
- Mixing bergamot oil with jojoba oil or argan oil and massaging the mixture into your hair will enhance your hair sheen and tame frizzy hair.
- Bergamot Essential Oil reduces hair greasiness when six drops are combined with two drops of tea tree oil and Cypress, and the mixture is massaged over your hair
- Gently massage Bergamot Essential Oil with coconut oil and castor oil on your scalp to combat hair lice, itchy scalp, and dandruff
Precautions of Bergamot Essential Oil
- Avoid using Bergamot Essential Oil when pregnant and lactating
- Conduct a patch test before adding or using any skin and hair care products with Bergamot Essential Oil
- Avoid using Bergamot Essential Oil products on kids younger than seven years
- Avoid exposing your skin to direct sunlight after applying a skincare product containing bergamot oil
Side Effects of Bergamot Essential Oil
- Although Bergamot Essential Oil is friendly to most skins, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t cause some side effects. Some notable ones are redness, rashes, blister, and skin irritations (if you experience any of these allergies, please discontinue the uses of this essential oil)