Bergamot is a sedative—which allows those with anxiety or stress to relax. Additionally, certain components of bergamot oil are natural antidepressants. They stimulate a feeling of joy and energy, and they also stimulate hormonal secretions—this means that they help to regulate metabolic rates. In fact, this hormonal aspect of bergamot is the reason that it is such a powerful oil for neurological and mental conditions and issues. The scent helps to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression.