Bergamot comes from the rind of the fresh fruit. The cold pressed method is used to extract the essential oil. I find that it has a citrus smell with a lightly sweet floral tone as well. I love its smell and find it uplifting emotionally while giving me a relaxed laid back feeling. It can make you feel vivacious. Originally grown exclusively in Italy, Bergamot production has expanded to include the Ivory Coast, Morocco, and Guinea.
Bergamot is considered to be a safe essential oil to use. However, it is extremely phototoxic. Bergamot should never be applied topically to your skin within 12 to 24 hours before going out in the sun! In fact, Bergamot is available in a bergapten free version which is not photo toxic and safer to use topically if going out in the sun. The bergapten free version (Bergamot BF) has been treated to remove the bergapten. It is the bergapten in Bergamot that makes the essential oil photo toxic. Bergapten free is the type I use in our topical lotion products at a low percentage.
Bergamot is best known for its analgesic, antispasmodic, digestive, stomachic, sedative, tonic, and antidepressant properties.
Traditional Uses of Bergamot
Bergamot has wonderful uplifting qualities. Bergamot may help with the feelings associated with stress, tension, anxiousness, and depression. It also works great in massage blends and oils by helping to release tension caused from cramping due to tight muscles. Many people have used Bergamot for skin issues such as acne because it works well for oily skin. Many use it for abdominal gas pains and indigestion. Historically it was used for aches from the cold and flu, coughing, anxiety, depression, and many other stress-related concerns. Traditionally it was used to help support the immune system for issues concerning cold sores, shingles, and chicken pox. It is also widely used in perfumes as a fixative.
Bergamot is great to use in wash off skin care products. You can use the bergapten free in leave on lotions. Many people use it during a massage for its benefits. It makes a great oil to use in a diffuser or with direct inhalation! You can also add some to your bath blended in some bath salt.
Recipe Blends Using Bergamot Essential Oil
To support yourself during times of digestive discomfort and abdominal cramping. Add 6 drops of Bergamot, 3 drops of Roman Chamomile, and 3 drops of Lavender to 1 ounce of an unscented lotion base to create a wonderful relaxing belly rub.
You can purchase Bergamot Essential Oil by visiting my NSP website.
Remember to follow suggested safety practices when using essential oils.