Bergamot Oil

How does Bergamot work?

Bergamot oil has several active chemicals. These chemicals can make the skin sensitive to sunlight.

Are there safety concerns?

Bergamot oil is safe for most people in the small amounts found in food. It might not be safe when used on the skin (topically), because it can make the skin sensitive to the sun and more vulnerable to skin cancer. People who work with bergamot can develop skin problems including blisters, scabs, pigment spots, rashes, sensitivity to the sun, and cancerous changes.

Do not use bergamot oil in children. There have been serious side effects, including convulsion and death, in children who have taken large amounts of bergamot oil.

Do not use bergamot oil if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.

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