Bergamot for Self-Acceptance

Bergamot oil for Self-Acceptance

In this month’s Essential Oils for Emotional well-being we delve into Bergamot, a citrus oil known as the Oil of Self-Acceptance. In the video, Rose Kress shares information about the emotional and spiritual aspects of Bergamot oil, as well as two interesting research studies.

Bergamot is uplifting and brigtening in nature. Smelling the oil is an invitation to clear away constricting thoughts while welcoming self-acceptance and self-love. As the oil of self-acceptance, it is said to relieve feelings of self-judgement and low self-esteem. This makes it a great 3rd Chakra oil! Source: Emotions and Essential Oils

If you have some, pull it out and take a sniff as we move through the video. If you don’t have any, click here, to get some.


Bergamot oil is cultivated in a number of countries, including Italy and Guinea. dōTERRA® sources it’s oil from Reggia di Calabria in Italy. Due to dōTERRA’s co-impact sourcing efforts, families in the Reggia de Calabria area were able to continue producing and farming Bergamot. It is efforts like this that set dōTERRA apart from many companies and is the reason that LifeForce Yoga is happy to pair with dōTERRA.


Bergamot Essential Oil inhalation improves positive feelings in the waiting room of a mental health treatment center. At a mental health treatment center in Utah, 57 participants were included for analysis. 15-minutes of exposure to Bergamot essential oil improved the exposed group’s feelings compared with control group, by 17%.

Bergamot Essential Oil attenuates anxiety-like behavior in rats. This study was to investigate the neurobiological effects of Bergamot essential oil, in particular it’s relaxation effects. “Bergamot Essential Oil can affect synaptic transmission, modulate electroencephalographic activity and it show neuroprotective and analgesic properties.”

From the Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing:

Helps to clear the mind while bringing focus and clarity. It is also good for inviting feelings of joyfulness and positive self-talk. Try it with Bellow Breaths or Breath of Joy to increase the clarity and joyful feelings that those breaths bring about.

From Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics. Principles and Profiles by Peter Holmes:

“Can be beneficial in conditions such as negative thinking, mild depression, loss of insight and discernment.”

Autonomic Nervous System regulator as it helps to reduce the swings between the Stress Brain (sympathetic nervous system) and the Calm Brain (parasympathetic nervous system). This supports a sense of balance and stability. Making it a good oil for helping us to manage stress.

“Bergamot’s highest gift is to assist in staying with our own experience and to be ever open, curious and in wonder about each moment of life as it arises, each now as it unfolds – without the burden of previous feelings and concepts.”

Blends well with:

  • Mandarin – calming
  • Lavender – calming
  • Lemongrass – cooling
  • Rosemary and Peppermint – relaxing
  • Eucalyptus – opening
  • Lemon – uplifting
  • Ylang Ylang – soothing
  • Patchouli – grounded
  • Geranium – this combination is especially potent for allowing the heart to open for self-acceptance and self-compassion

How to use

Always dilute if you are going to apply topically. This helps to avoid any skin sensitivities. Bergamot oil is a citrus oil and is photosensitive, this means that you will get a sunburn if applied to the exposed skin. Use on the back of the neck, behind the ears, in your hair, or even on your clothing.

Use in a diffuser at work or at home, with any of the oils listed above. Click here for the inexpensive diffuser Rose share’s in the video.

Diffuse during your yoga practice to invite feelings of joyfulness and positivity.

Add a couple of drops to the shower for a light and fresh feeling.

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About the Author

Rose Kress

Rose Kress ERYT-500, C-IAYT, YACEP, Owner/Director of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute, and author of Awakening Your Inner Radiance with LifeForce Yoga. She directs retreats and training programs on using LifeForce Yoga to manage your mood.

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