Botanical Name: Citrus Bergamia
Parts Used: Fruit peel
Aromas: Fresh and spicy, floral, citrus
Producing Countries: Mediterranean countries and California
Known to cause hyper sensitivity to sunlight light, making the skin highly susceptible to burns. Do not use in large doses and never apply directly and undiluted to skin. Those with sensitive skin are advised to use Bergamot in very small doses or to avoid this oil completely.
Blends Well With:
Chamomile, citrus oils, coriander, cypress, geranium, jasmine, juniper, lavender, Melissa, neroli, nutmeg, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, violet, ylang ylang
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A very well known and celebrated essential oil, Bergamot originates from South East Asia, but can now be found in the warmer countries of Europe, the north African coast and the Ivory Coast. It is highly citrus and spicy, and extracted from trees of around 4m tall.
The Bergamot oil is extracted from the fruit of a Bergamot tree, which is possible through a process of expression.
Bergamot is a favourite in the fragrance industry, and has been used extensively since the early part of the last century; although it has been used as such since the 18th century.
It has also been used in the food and beverage industry in a variety of different products for its strong, distinctive and pleasant flavour. It is most notable as the flavouring of Earl Grey tea.
Benefits and Properties
Bergamot has properties which lend themselves to treating a number of ailments and problems. It is excellent when used to lift ones mood, as it sooths the affects of depression, stress, tension and a nervous disposition.
Bergamot essential oil is also very good at fighting off all manners of infections due to its antiseptic and antibiotic properties. Thus, it also helps to reduce the levels of bacteria on the face, back and chest, which can decrease the likelihood of chronic acne breakouts. It can also lend itself to treating other skin ailments such as psoriasis and eczema.
Bergamot essential oil can be used in a variety of ways. For use in easing depression, stress, tension and nervousness, it is suggested that bergamot is used in burners and/or vaporisers. Using it as such will also help common colds, flu and PMS.
For further effective treatment for depression and stress related issues, Bergamot can be used in massage oils or diluted in a hot bath tub. This will allow the oil to lift your mood and treat other ailments such as common colds, flu, anxiety and generally feeling fed up.
Bergamot can also be blended into various creams and lotions to carry the fresh scent with you all day, and treat skin complications such as acne, psoriasis and eczema.
Lastly, its sent is citrus, spicy, very distinctive and very light. Thus, it is suitable for use as a top note in perfumes and fragrances.