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Bergamot Essential Oil Benefits 

Bergamot essential oil is one of the most amazing essential oils that you can use. It has a large range of benefits including lots for the skin and body.  
 
So without further a do lets look at bergamot essential oil in more detail. Topics we'll cover include: 
 

Introduction 

The fruit from the bergamot tree is a citrus fruit, and can vary in colour from yellow to lime green. Research into the bergamot fruit has concluded the bergamot is a culmination of a lemon and a bitter orange, and the actual fruit is called a bergamot orange. 
 
Bergamot is a sour fruit, similar to the lime and lemon, and is most commonly used in earl grey tea as the flavour component.  
 
It is also consumed as food in Antalya, Turkey as marmalade. Bergamots are rarely eaten raw as they are extremely sour and are usually cooked and put into preserves. 
 
Bergamot oranges are also commercially grown for their essential oils, which, like other citrus fruits, come from the peel of the fruit and can be extracted by cold pressing, distillation or by centrifugal force. 
 
The centrifugal force method involves scraping the skin off the fruit whilst it is under running water. The water and oil solution is then put through a centrifuge and the oil is separated from the water. 
 
Bergamot essential oil is highly coveted in the cosmetic and perfumery world, as it effortlessly blends with other fragrances to create rich deep scents. 
 
Italy produces the most bergamot essential oil in the world, with around 90% of the world’s supply coming from the Calabria region of the country. Other notable producers include Ivory Coast and Brazil, although they are some way behind Italy. 

Reduce stress & anxiety 

In this study, bergamot essential oil was inhaled by rats in different strengths to test the effect it would have on their stress and anxiety levels. The tests showed the rats had considerably lower levels of stress when inhaling the essential oils and also reduced anxiety.  
 
This is a promising development in the study of anxiety and stress, and demonstrates there are alternatives to drugs like diazepam, which is commonly used to treat these conditions.  
 
Also we would like to point out we do not condone the use of testing on animals, and we are only using this study as evidence for our claims due to the lack of studies on humans. 
 
Bergamot essential oil is very relaxing, unlike other citrus scents; it’s rich, deep and warming compared to its sharp citrusy cousins. 
 
Now you know there is proof out there which states bergamot genuinely has relaxing qualities and can reduce stress and anxiety. It’s a great oil to diffuse into a room, drop into a bath or have in bathing products due to its relaxing qualities. 
 
Reducing stress is great for the skin, as stress can be a trigger for dry & oily skin conditions such as eczema and acne. When you use bergamot essential oil products you are actively reducing your stress levels through this relaxing scent. 

Antibacterial 

A large amount of essential oils are naturally antibacterial, especially those from the citrus family. Orange and lemon are some of the most potent essential oils for antibacterial activity.  
 
That’s not to say that lime, grapefruit and in this case bergamot don’t have good antibacterial qualities because they are also very effective antibacterials. 
 
In this study, it showed bergamot oil had a strong antibacterial effect on the bacteria staph. aureus, which is one of the most common pathogens on the planet and responsible for a host of unpleasant infections and diseases. 
 
In the study, bergamot oil was also praised for its antimicrobial properties, which stop the spread of bacteria by inhibiting the growth and spread of the bacteria.  
 
This property could stop the spread of bacteria like P.acnes, which is the bacteria responsible for acne.  
 
Antibacterial qualities in an essential oil are great for skin as it can kill and inhibit the growth of bacteria. This can stop potential infections of the skin from taking hold and spreading. 
 

Anti-inflammatory 

Anti-inflammatories are great things; they can reduce the inflammation that occurs naturally as part of the body’s natural immune response.  
 
This is most commonly seen when you have a spot which gets an infection, the area around the spot becomes red and inflamed. Anti-inflammatories can take away the redness and swelling from the area by blocking the inflammation causing enzymes.  
 
Thyme essential oil is particularly effective at this, blocking the enzymes by up to 75%. But other essential oils are also effective at reducing inflammation including eucalyptus, patchouli and of course bergamot
 
In this study, bergamot was studied for its benefits which included its anti-inflammatory properties. It concluded bergamot was indeed an effective anti-inflammatory and could in future be used in medicines to treat inflammatory diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome. 
 
Bergamot essential oils soothing anti-inflammatory properties could be a great addition to a skincare routine, especially for those that suffer from inflammatory diseases such as rosecea. 
Antispasmodic 
This quality nicely links in with the anti-inflammatory properties we mentioned above. Antispasmodic means it is used to relieve the involuntary spasms of muscles in the body. This can be particularly prevalent in patients with irritable bowel syndrome. 
 
This also ties in nicely with the relaxing qualities of bergamot essential oil. Bergamot oil produces a reaction from the body which releases hormones that reduce pain and reduce nerve sensitivity. 
 

Bergamot soap benefits 

In our bergamot soap we only use the finest bergamot essential oils to scent this amazing bar. Bergamot is a lovely warming scent and instantly relaxes you at bath time.  
 
Whilst using our bergamot soap infused with essential oils, you will be benefitting from all of the properties we have listed above in the article. 
 
We highly recommend this soap for sufferers of inflammatory skin diseases such as acne, psoriasis and rosacea . This is because the essential oils in this soap are anti-inflammatory, but they are also relaxing as stress can be a trigger for these skin diseases. 
 
Another great point about our soaps is they are great for your skin. They contain the perfect amount of glycerin within them which actively attracts moisture towards your skin.  
 
This leaves your skin soft, smooth and moisturised, which is our ultimate aim, for your skin to look and feel great without using chemicals
 
If you were to compare our soap scented with essential oils to soap scented with synthetic fragrance, the scent would be slightly less strong, but we feel by using natural oils to scent our products we are being kinder to our skin and our planet by not using dangerous chemicals. 
 
The dangerous chemicals used in synthetically produced fragrance can include ingredients, such as phthalates, which are added to make scents last longer, but they also contain potential carcinogens.  
 
To identify a synthetic fragrance all you need to do is look on the ingredient list; if it says ‘parfum’ or ‘fragrance’ then it certainly contains artificial fragrance.  
 
The reason for companies using these products is because they are cheaper than using essential oils which are expensive. If you’re wondering why phthalates are not listed on your products, it’s because the perfume industry is protected by the European Chemical Agency which have stated perfume and fragrance manufacturers do not have to disclose their ingredients for reasons of competition. 
 
So that’s why you don’t see all of the dozens (if not hundreds) of chemicals used in your fragranced products listed on it. 
 
We feel our customers’ skin is more important than our bank balance and hope you, our customer, realise that by using natural products in the long run it will be better for your skin and your overall health. 
 
If you look on the ingredients list on our packaging, you can clearly see our bergamot oil labelled as ‘citrus aurantium bergamia,’ which is the INCI (labelling) term for natural bergamot essential oil. 
 
At Seatree Cosmetics our soaps are 100% natural, including all the scents which come from essential oils. If you would like to buy some then it is available in our online shop and can be delivered to your door if you live in the UK. 
 
Thank you for reading our article all the way to the end, we hope you enjoyed it. If you are interested in the world of natural soap or essential oils why don’t you check out our blog for more amazing articles on these subjects. 
 
Hope to see you soon. 

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