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 often test well for bergamot essential oil. Glutamate stimulates the mind and excess amounts are released when the blood sugar drops too low. Too much glutamate can make people feel mentally restless and irritable, which can cause people not to sleep. Therefore, the best time to test and use bergamot is in the evening and during the night to calm the mind.*
Excess levels of glutamate may be aggravated by strokes, traumatic brain injury, and hypoglycemia. High levels are also linked to seizures, alcoholism, and neurodegenerative diseases of the central nervous system such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease.*
Bergamot is a citrus fruit grown in southern Italy and southern France that is well known as the flavoring for Earl Gray Tea. The mild appealing aroma of bergamot essential oil is perfect for children and adults who are sensitive to smells. Bergamot also helps to support the immune and digestive systems as part of the citrus family. Bergamot directs energy upward to the head and supports the hypothalamus-pituitary connection that is required for a balanced endocrine system.*
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.*
In Chinese medicine, the spirit is stored in the heart while sleeping and bergamot essential oil can calm the spirit and nourish the heart meridian. The heart meridian also controls the pituitary to directly influence the cortisol to melatonin balance. Bergamot essential supports the spleen meridian for people who find it difficult to sleep due to excessive worrying.
*Statements in this paragraph have not been evaluated by the FDA.
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Bergamot Essential Oil Research Articles:
A study suggests that bergamot essential oil can play a major role in 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.
A study demonstrates that 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 is 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.
A 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. http://doi.org/10.1155/2011/946537
Studies confirm 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 restoring 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.