How to Use Bergamot Essential Oil

The physical benefits of bergamot essential oil

Bergamot essential oil calms the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate. People who are sensitive to monosodium glutamate (MSG) or who don’t feel rested when they wake up tend to test well for Bergamot. Glutamate stimulates the mind. And too much glutamate can make people feel mentally restless and irritable. The best time to test and use bergamot is in the evening and during the night if you’re not sleeping well.*

Excess levels of glutamate may be aggravated by strokes, traumatic brain injury and hypoglycemia. High levels are also linked to seizures, neurodegenerative diseases of the central nervous system such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease and to alcoholism.*

Known as the flavoring for Earl Gray Tea, the bergamot fruit is part of the citrus family and is grown in southern Italy and southern France. The appealing mild aroma of bergamot essential oil is perfect for children and adults who are sensitive to smells. As a citrus, this oil also helps to support healthy immune system responses. Studies have shown a positive effect on tissue regeneration.  Studies also show bergamot oil activates multiple death pathways in cancer cells.

Always remember, applying bergamot essential oil to the skin will increase sensitivity to the sun where applied.*

The emotional benefits of bergamot essential oil

Bergamot oil has been used for centuries in perfumes for its appealing and calming scent. Today this oil is being studied for its calming effects on glutamate in relation to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, and anxiety. Other studies have shown positive effects on restoring cellular function in rats with induced opioid resistance.*

Bergamot essential oil calms the spirit. In Chinese medicine the spirit is stored in the heart while sleeping. The meridians that control the hypothalamus and pituitary influence the spirit the most along with supporting hormonal balance.

Test bergamot essential oil to any of the following Body-Feedback areas:

  • Spleen meridian Body-Feedback areas
  • Heart meridian Body-Feedback areas
  • Small intestine meridian Body-Feedback areas
  • Pericardium meridian Body-Feedback areas
  • Triple burner meridian Body-Feedback areas
  • Liver meridian Body-Feedback areas
  • Conception vessel Body-Feedback areas
  • Governing vessel Body-Feedback areas
  • Master Body-Feedback areas

*Statements in this paragraph have not been evaluated by the FDA. The FDA regards Bergamot Essential Oil as generally safe for human consumption.

Always discuss with your medical doctor before using any alternative medicines, natural supplements, or vitamins. All information and content provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to substitute advice given by a pharmacist, physician, or other licensed health-care professional. This information is not intended to treat or diagnose a health problem or disease.

Bergamot Essential Oil Research Articles:

Study suggests bergamot essential oil can play a major role for a combined action of cancer cell death.

Russo R, Ciociaro A, Berliocchi L, Cassiano MG, Rombolà L, Ragusa S, Bagetta G, Blandini F, Corasaniti MT. Implication of limonene and linalyl acetate in cytotoxicity induced by bergamot essential oil in human neuroblastoma cells. Fitoterapia. 2013 Sep;89:48-57. doi: 10.1016/j.fitote.2013.05.014. Epub 2013 May 23. PubMed PMID: 23707744.


Study demonstrates bergamot oil prevents glutamate accumulation against brain injury in rats induced by focal cerebral ischemia.

Amantea D, Fratto V, Maida S, Rotiroti D, Ragusa S, Nappi G, Bagetta G, Corasaniti MT. Prevention of Glutamate Accumulation and Upregulation of Phospho-Akt may Account for Neuroprotection Afforded by Bergamot Essential Oil against Brain Injury Induced by Focal Cerebral Ischemia in Rat. Int Rev Neurobiol. 2009;85:389-405. doi: 10.1016/S0074-7742(09)85027-7. PubMed PMID: 19607983.


Bergamot essential oil studied for effects on wound healing

Cosentino M, Luini A, Bombelli R, Corasaniti MT, Bagetta G, Marino F. The essential oil of bergamot stimulates reactive oxygen species production in human polymorphonuclear leukocytes. Phytother Res. 2014 Aug;28(8):1232-9. doi: 10.1002/ptr.5121. Epub 2014 Jan 23. PubMed PMID: 24458921.


Study shows bergamot oil reduces stress with elementary school teachers.

Chang, K.-M., & Shen, C.-W. (2011). Aromatherapy Benefits Autonomic Nervous System Regulation for Elementary School Faculty in Taiwan. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM, 2011, 946537.


Studies confirms the main role of free radicals during the cascade of events induced by prolonged morphine treatment and the co-administration of bergamot oil as an important therapeutic approach to restore opioids analgesic efficacy.

Lauro F, Giancotti LA, Ilari S, Dagostino C, Gliozzi M, Morabito C, Malafoglia V, Raffaeli W, Muraca M, Goffredo BM, Mollace V, Muscoli C. Inhibition of Spinal Oxidative Stress by Bergamot Polyphenolic Fraction Attenuates the Development of Morphine Induced Tolerance and Hyperalgesia in Mice. PLoS One. 2016 May 26;11(5):e0156039. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0156039. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 27227548; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4881894.

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