Bergamot – (citrus bergamia) 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 phototoxic 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 phototoxic. 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.
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