What is bergamot oil?

Bergamot essential oil is extracted from the citrus fruit that grows on bergamot orange trees. These trees are commonly grown across the world, however bergamo in southern Italy is where the name originates. With so many various essential oils that we can use today, bergamot oil has become a popular choice. It has a fresh and invigorating scent and is used in many hair, body and fragrance products on the market today. It’s become a product that many people use to try and energize and improve the condition of their hair and scalp naturally. Let's take a further look as to why so many people are using this oil to benefit the health of their hair.

Bergamot Oil For Hair: Benefits

As with all essential oils, you should always dilute bergamot oil with a carrier oil such as castor oil or coconut oil before application to the hair or scalp. 

  • Bergamot oil has been shown in the past to help soften hair and even manage curls.
  • Bergamot oil can also be used to help treat wounds on your scalp overall.
  • This oil is also known to be a powerful source of anti-inflammation.
  • Anecdotal evidence also suggests that bergamot oil can promote hair growth.

Bergamot Oil Side Effects

Should you choose to apply bergamot oil in your hair, then you should be aware of some potential side-effects. Like most essential oils, the reactions can stem from either over-excessive use, excessive potency, or an allergic reaction. Some common side-effects reported include:

  • Redness of skin, including an increase in blisters forming.
  • General skin irritation that can be caused by phototoxicity.
  • Some reports show an increase in headaches with prolonged bergamot oil usage. 
  • Bergamot oil can also have negative reactions with certain medicine, so please check with your doctor before taking any bergamot oil.


Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020. 


Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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