Bergamot oil is one of my favorite oils. I use it often to help treat acne, especially for teenagers. Simply apply a little bit of the oil directly to the acne prone areas helps keep bacteria down and clear up the skin.
My son is 13 and plays baseball, the bergamot oil helped clear up the acne he gets on his forehead where his baseball hat sits. All the citrus oils do make the skin more sensitive to light and should be put on at night not in the morning. A couple of applications a week works great.
Bergamot is also one of the “Happy” oils, meaning it lightens the mood. I love the refreshing smell in the diffuser and the following new study shows potential benefits for helping people feel less stressed.
As reported in the German journal of Research in Complementary Medicine, the inhalation of Bergamot essential oil (Citrus bergamia) significantly reduced physiological and psychological markers of stress in human subjects. This is exciting news, as this is one of the few studies to use a placebo control, and a population size resulting in statistically-significant results.
The experiment was a simple one: 41 test volunteers were exposed to each of three experimental conditions: 15 of rest, 15 minutes of exposure to water vapor + rest, or 15 minutes of water vapor + Bergamot essential oil + rest. Saliva samples were taken immediately after each session, and 10 minutes later the volunteers completed questionnaires reporting mood, anxiety and fatigue levels. Heart rate variability was measured throughout each of the test periods.
The results note: Salivary cortisol levels (the stress hormone) were lowered, high frequency heart rate activity was increased (a good thing indicating lower levels of stress), and mood, anxiety and fatigue scores were all improved with the inhalation of Bergamot.
This is one of our favorite “single” oils to use in a diffuser, no blending required. It’s inexpensive, has a lovely sweet-tart citrus aroma, and actually has a significant body of research backing its use for supporting other conditions – most notably its potential to reduce the perception of pain. This research has not been confirmed with human studies, but the results seem promising enough that we may see such a study in the future.
Have a blessed day,
Kiersten Alton Rph. – Big Sky Compounding