Bergamot Essential Oil (Citrus × limon)
Bergamot may also be referred to as Cold Pressed Bergamot Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Oil, Citrus aurantium var. bergamia. It is typically processed in Italy using cold pressed or steam distilled (less frequently) as a method for extracting oil from the citrus rind (peel).
The aroma of Bergamot Essential Oil is reminiscent to that of orange, but it is wonderfully more complex. It almost seems to possess an underlying floral characteristic to it. Drinkers of Early Gray tea are especially familiar with the flavor and aroma of bergamot as the oil is used to flavor the tea.
Bergamot oil comes from the rind of bergamot oranges, the fruit of Citrus aurantium (also known as Citrus bergamia) trees. It has a sweet citrus scent. It has an antiseptic and uplifting effect.
- Aroma Description: Bergamot Essential Oil smells citrusy and possesses a beautifully complex aroma with underlying floral and bitter characteristics.
- Common Name(s): Cold Pressed Bergamot Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Oil, Citrus aurantium var. bergamia
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Synonyms(s) for Citrus × limon: Citrus limon var. pompia, Citrus limonelloides, Citrus limonia, Citrus medica f. limon, Citrus medica limonum, Citrus medica subsp. limonum, Citrus medica var. limon, Citrus × aurantium bergamia, Citrus × aurantium bergamia, Citrus × aurantium mellarosa, Citrus × aurantium var. limonum, Citrus × bergamia, Citrus × bergamia subsp. mellarosa, Citrus × bergamota, Citrus × limodulcis, Citrus × limonum, Citrus × mellarosa, Citrus × meyeri, Limon × vulgaris
- Botanical Family: Rutaceae
- Botanical Genus: Citrus
- Perfumery Note: Top
- Consistency: Thin
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
- Color: Green/Golden
- Countries of Production: Italy
- Indigenous Country: South East Asia
- Processing Methods: Cold Pressed or Steam Distilled (less frequently)
- Part Typically Used: Citrus Rind (Peel)
- Ethically and sustainably sourced
Benefits & Uses
May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:
Anorexia Asthma Athlete's Foot Colic Coughs Cuts Cystitis Deodorant Depression Diarrhea Eczema Feet : Tired & Aching Insomnia Jetlag Nervous Conditions / Tension Obesity Skin : Oily Sweaty Feet Swellings
Properties of Bergamot:
Mood Boosting, antidepressant
Benefits of Bergamot:
Great for minor wounds, cuts and scraps. Soothing for rashes
Therapeutic Benefits of Bergamot:
Anti-anxiety Anti-bacterial Anti-depressant Anti-infectious Anti-inflammatory Anti-spasmodic Anti-viral Calming Carminative Cicatrisant CNS tonic Digestive stimulant Digestive tonic Energizing Relaxant Sedative Stomachic
Other Uses for Bergamot:
Great for minor wounds, cuts and scraps and soothing for rashes.
This pleasantly fresh and uplifting Bergamot Oil has a cooling, refreshing, sweet and balanced blend of citrus and green notes with a light floral and bitter undertones. More than just offering a familiar scent or flavor, Bergamot Oil is bursting with a powerhouse of benefits. Although its roots can be traced back to South East Asia, Bergamot was more widely cultivated in Southern Italy, specifically in the coastal regions of Reggio di Calabria and Sicily. As a matter of fact, Bergamot was named after the city of Bergamo in Lombardy, Italy, where it was originally sold.
Cautions & Safety
Cautions when using Bergamot:
Don't expose the skin to sunlight after using bergamot oil.
Cold pressed Bergamot Oil isphototoxic. Tisserand and Young recommend a dermal maximum use of 0.4% to avoid phototoxicity. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile on this oil is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young,Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 87, 211.] Rectified FCF/Bergaptine-Free versions of cold pressed Bergamot Oil are available that dramatically reduce the phototoxicity of the oil.
Safety Precautions for Bergamot:
Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.