Aromatherapy Insights: Bergamot

Bergamot essential oil is obtained from the peel of the fruit.

Its botanical name: Citrus bergamia

Family name: Rutacae


History & Information:

Bergamot grows to about 15 feet that bears non-edible green to yellow fruit. The plant was first discovered growing in Calabria, Italy, on the seventeenth century. The essence was initially sold in the city of Bergamo in the Lombardy region of Italy. In Greece, the unripe fruits are used as sweetmeats, eaten by the spoonful as a dessert or with coffee. In the middle east bergamot was used for hundreds of years, to promote healthy, clear skin.


Bergamot requires special climate and soil to thrive and the most delicate of the citrus plant with high floral notes, citrusy and spicy aroma and is cold- pressed from the rind of the bergamot fruit. Do not confuse bergamot with the herb in the mint family, bee balm, which is also called bergamot.


Benefits:

Reduces tension and stress, promotes restful sleep

Promotes healthy clear skin

Soothes and rejuvenates skin

Frequently used in a massage therapy, for its calming benefits

Lessens sad ad anxious feelings

Calming and soothing aromas

disinfectant

Cooling

Purifying; help in reduction of cellulite



Uses

Bergamot oil is intended for aromatic, topical or internal uses (we do not recommend). It is gentle enough to use neat.





Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.

Internal use: Consult a certified clinical aromatherapist

Topical: Apply one to two drops to desired area, gentle enough to use neat but will minimize skin sensitivity it's best to use a carrier oil.

Spray: 20-30 drops of bergamot in a 2 oz spray bottle and add water ( or unscented mister)


Cautions: Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant or nursing or under a doctors care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, ears and sensitive areas. Bergamot is photosensitive, avoid applying to the sin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product. Additional carrier oil may be required if you have dry or sensitive skin.



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