Bergamot is the name of a tree, with the scientific name Citrus Bergamia. This tree is a hybrid between a lemon tree and an orange tree. Bergamot is also called as Kaffir lime, among many other names.

Bergamot has a calming scent, which is decidedly citrusy in its base notes, but there is also an earthy spiciness to it, which has made it popular amongst perfumes. Bergamot has been found to blend very well with a number of other oils like sandalwood, jasmine, and rosemary.

Bergamot oil is extracted through cold-pressing and is highly sought for its numerous health benefits. Bergamot oil can help to speed up the healing process with wounds and helps with boosting the immune system and protecting it from infections.

Bergamot essential oil can be used in many creative ways, including used as a topical spread on the skin during a shower. It helps soothe inflammation and promote healthy skin. Families and people choose to use bergamot oil as an air freshener or in a diffuser to fill the room with a pleasant, relaxing odor. People are known to add a drop or two to their tea and apply it directly on the outside of their stomach to help healthy digestion. If you have rough or irritated skin, bergamot essential oil can help ease the inflammation; it can help settle the stomach if added to tea or meals and can help release tensed nerves when used as a deep massage oil. People mix a few drops into their skincare and shower products.

 

 

 

 

 

Bergamot plant with fruits

PARTS USED

Bergamot Fruit peel

EXTRACTION METHOD

Cold expression

NOTE CLASSIFICATION

Medium to Top

AROMA

Citrus, spicy, floral,

USES

Bergamot is used in potpourri and perfume recipes, natural mosquito and pest repellent, insect-bite salve, deodorant, inhalant, and relaxing massage oil.

PACKAGING

15 ml essential oils are packaged in cobalt blue glass bottles with European droppers for easy application.

BLENDS WELL WITH

Lemon balm, Citrus oils, Chamomile, coriander, cypress, geranium, helichrysum, jasmine, juniper, lavender, neroli, nutmeg, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, violet, and ylang-ylang oils.

HERBAL MISCELLANY

The Bergamot fruit though inedible has oil which has many culinary and household uses. It is the characteristic flavor of Earl Grey tea and is used as an added fragrance for pipe tobaccos to help calm anxiety.

Health Benefits of Bergamot:

The bergamot orange or the herb known as wild bergamot, offers many health benefits. It has a distinctive citrus aroma, a pleasant orange-blossom fragrance that helps lower anxiety and depression levels. Bergamot oil helps with digestive ailments, and the bergamot peel provide liberal amounts of antioxidants and antimicrobial properties.

Bergamot provides Antioxidants

Your skin will be thankful. As the largest organ of our body, our skin matters. Antioxidants play an important role in minimizing cell damage to our skin and maintaining a radiant, youthful appearance. Bergamot oil, helps enhance a tea’s flavor or aroma, adding a liberal amount of antioxidants that are beneficial to our skin daily.

Bergamot Oil flavor in Tea:  

Earl Grey’s popular tea is the Bergamot oil flavored tea. The bergamot oil adds its orange-blossom-like aroma that helps to calm and soothe its drinkers and put them in a happy disposition for the rest of the day. How? Because the natural chemical composition of the Bergamot essential oil reacts with the chemical composition of the human brain to help with changing moods from depression and sadness to calm and controlled behavior, mixed with happiness or gladness.

Bergamot helps Improve Digestion

The properties in Bergamot helps with digestive disorders. The American Chemical Society, in 2009, stated that dietary and herbal products use Bergamot as a drug because of its eupeptic properties which help with digestive disorders. A few drops in your lemonade should help settle your queasy stomach and comfort you. 

Kaffir Lime (Bergamot) on wood background.

Bergamot as a Natural Antidepressant

The citrus fragrance has been proven to enhance a person’s mood. The “International Journal of Aromatherapy” published a study back in 2004 that showed a marked improvement in reducing anxiety and depression in their test subjects, when they used bergamot oil. This oil has a calming effect on the brain.

Bergamot Is a Powerful Antimicrobial

The “Journal of Applied Microbiology” published a study in 2007 that identified Bergamot as a natural antimicrobial. Native Americans and naturopaths worldwide have used it to treat urinary-tract infections and yeast infections in men and women. There, however, are no scientific studies to confirm this.

PRECAUTIONS

General: As with all essential oils, never use Bergamot Oil undiluted, directly on the skin, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless advised by a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test on a small area, to check for skin reactions, before using the oil on a larger area. Also, make sure to mix it well with any carrier oil to make essential oils less potent and harmless to your skin.