Suggested Uses for Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot has a rather controversial history. Some say it originates from Northern Italy, taking its name from the the small town of Bergamo where it was discovered. Others state it originated in India, and its Turkish name means “King of Pears”, which reflects the pear- shaped fruit of the plant. Whatever it’s history, there is no disputing that bergamot has been used for years because of its sweet, citrusy scent with spicy undertones. Popular with perfumers for centuries, bergamot has an uplifting, energizing scent which also makes it perfect for aromatherapy. Additionally, bergamot is one of the most versatile essential oils, as not only does it have sedative qualities, but also stimulating as well. It appears to adapt to the needs of the person using it. Bergamot also gives Earl Grey tea its unmistakable and unique flavor, which makes it a favorite among tea lovers everywhere.

Therapeutic uses:
Acne, appetite regularity, anxiety, colds and flu, cystitis, depression, digestive system, eczema, fatigue, fever, flatulence, halitosis, infection (all types, especially skin), mouth infections, nervous tension, sore throat, stress, tonsillitis, urinary tract.

Essential Oil Applications:

For acne, eczema, psoriasis, and wounds, mix 2-3 drops with jojoba , carrier oil and apply directly to affected area.

To alleviate anxiety, depression, fatigue, nervous tension, and stress use 2-3 drops of essential oil in a diffuser or a lamp ring.

For cystitis and urinary tract health, use 4-5 drops in bath water for a I luxurious, long soak. Also, 2-3 drops of bergamot can be added to a carrier oil and massaged over the lower abdomen and kidney area to promote optimal health of the excretory system.

For digestive help and flatulence, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage over abdomen area. Can also use 2-3 drops in a diffuser.For halitosis, mouth infections, sore throat, or tonsillitis, use 2-3 drops in a homemade mouthwash. Gargle and rinse.

To regulate appetite, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser regularly.

Mixes Well With:
All essential oils, and especially Atlas cedarwood, citronella, chamomile, clary sage, eucalyptus, geranium, juniperlavender, lemon, lime, marjoram, myrrh, nutmeg, orange, oregano, palmarosa, rose, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, tangerine and ylang ylang.

Extraction Method:
Cold expression.

Parts Used:
Peel of nearly ripe fruit.

Safety Information:
This essential oil is phytotoxic, which means it increases the effect of sunlight. Therefore, never apply bergamot to skin before exposure to sun. Additionally, do not apply neat on skin; must be diluted in a carrier oil or cream. Not recommended for use if pregnant.

More Info:

The Power of Aromatherapy
Getting Started with Aromatherapy
The Choosing, Blending and the Caring of Your Essential Oils

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