Bergamot essential oil, citrus bergamia, has a strong fragrance similar to citrus, but most like that of the tropical tree, orange bergamot. The scent is suitable for use in potpourris and other scented mixtures. The blossoms provide the flavoring for the famous Earl Grey tea. Bergamot oil has many uses some of which are treating acne, boils, cold sores, insect bites and also as an insect repellent. Bergamot essential oil helps with greasy complexion, sore throat, mouth infections, loss of appetite, flatulence, colds, fever, flu, anxiety, depression and stress related conditions. An infusion is good for colds, coughs, nausea, and sore throats. Historically, physicians used bergamot leaf tea to expel worms and gas.
Bergamot oil is named after the city of Bergomont in Lombardy, Italy, where the fruit was first cultivated, in the 18th century. It is also grown commercially on the Ivory Coast. A small tree with smooth oval leaves and small round fruit. Bergamot is grown exclusively for the essential oil within its peel. The entire plant emits a strong fragrance similar to citrus, but most like that of the tropical tree, orange bergamot. The scent is suitable for use in potpourris and other scented mixtures. The flowers are also edible. The essential oil is cold pressed from the peel of the nearly ripened fruit.
Bergamot oil, citrus bergamia, blends well with the following essential oils: clary sage, frankincense, geranium egyptian, lavender, lemon, neroli (orange blossom), orange, and petitgrain.
Bergamot oil cautions - The oil contains Bergapten, which is photo toxic. Do not use on the skin before exposure to sunlight. Always dilute before use.
Bergamot oil properties - Analgesic, anathematic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, carminative, digestive, diuretic, deodorant, febrifuge, laxative, parasiticide, rubefacientm stimulant, stomachic, tonic, vermifuge, vulnerary.