Bergamot Essential Oil

BergamotBergamot is a yellow-green citrus fruit. Despite the fact that bergamot fruit is inedible, the oil has many culinary and household uses and is used as a fragrance for pipe tobaccos. Prized for its bright, citrus-sweet bouquet, bergamot is known as a “stress-buster” that promotes emotional balance, blissful relaxation, self-confidence and serenity.

Botanical Name: Citrus Aurantium var. or Citrus Bergamia.

Origin: Italy

Aromatic Scent:  Citrusy and fruity with a warm spicy floral quality

Strength of Scent: Medium

Extraction Method: Cold compression, opposed to the steam distillation of many other essential oils

Plant Parts Used: Rind or peel

Traditional Uses: One of the most common applications that you may not know about is its use in black tea. The inclusion of this essential oil in regular black tea is then given a different name – Earl Grey!

Its powerful aroma makes it a popular component in many perfumes. It is often used as the all-important “top note”.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), uses bergamot to assist with the flow of vital energy in smoothing the digestive system. TCM uses it to soothe occasional indigestion and gas.

Promotes opening of the solar plexus (orange) and heart (green) chakras.

Its sweet and fruity aroma uplifts the spirit and calms the mind.

It can be applied to your wrists to use as a perfume and keep your heart open.

Properties: Analgesic, anthelmintic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, deodorant, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, laxative, rubefacient, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, tonic, vulnerary

Blends well with: Chamomile, citrus oils, clary sage, coriander, cypress, frankincense, geranium, helichrysum, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon balm, mandarin, neroli, nutmeg, patchouli, pepper(black), rose, rosemary, sandalwood, vetiver, violet and ylang ylang,

Suggested Uses:  It is one of the best oils for diffusing as both an airborne antimicrobial and refreshing odor. Research studies in Taiwan found that Bergamot oil reduced both work-related stress and pre-operative stress. In a diffuser, combine equal parts of Bergamot, Patchouli and Grapefruit for a stress reducing aroma.

Use diluted – 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: four part of vegetable oil). Apply several drops (2-4) on location or chakras/reflex points.

May be used as Dietary Supplement if noted on label.

Safety Precautions: GRAS (generally regarded as safe)

This oil can possibly result in skin irritation (dilution is recommended). Repeated use can result in extreme contact sensitization. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier).

Bergamot essential oil is phototoxic. Avoid direct sunlight or ultraviolet light for up to 72 hours after use.

Although, Bergamot may be used as a dietary supplement (approved as a Food Additive (FA) by the FDA) if noted on label, it is advised not to use it in this or any manner for children under 6 years of age.

Know the company you are purchasing your essential oils from, they may be adulterated (changed). Only use therapeutic grade essential oils for best results!

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.

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