Bergamot Essential Oil

by Socha on November 18, 2011

Monarda didyma, Lamiaceae, Bergamot, Scarlet B...Bergamot oil is made from the fruit of the Citrus bergamia which is a small tree which blossoms during the winter. It can grow up to four meters high and has star-shaped flowers and smooth leaves, bearing a fragrant citrus fruit the size of an orange. It ripens from green to yellow and has a very sour taste.

It is characterised by its delightfully fresh, citrus aroma, which is reminiscent of Lavender and Neroli. It is classified as a top to middle note oil.

The Bergamot tree takes its name from the small town of Bergamo in Northern Italy, where the oil was first sold.

A bergamot orange from Calabria, Italy. Photo ...

It is widely known for its use to flavour Earl Grey Tea.

 

It is a popular essential oil and has many properties, but is particularly valuable in 3 areas; the mind, the skin and the urinary tract.

For the Mind:

  •  Bergamot is an uplifting oil and perhaps one of the best oils for anxiety and depression.
  • You should consider it if you suffer with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) as it has been used with much success.

For the Body:

  • Has a strong affinity for the genito-urinary tract so is very valuable in treating cystitis and other infections in this area.
  • It has strong antiseptic properties making it very useful for treating infected skin conditions, acne, psoriasis and oily skin.
  • It can inhibit certain viruses, in particular the Herpes simplex virus which can cause cold sores.
  • It also helps to ease the pain and discomfort of Chicken Pox and Shingles (herpes zoster virus)

Here are some ways to use Bergamot essential oil at home:

Massage oil – Blend it with a carrier oil for massage or use a few drops in the bath.

  • Anxiety
  • Depression (including post natal depression)
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Pre menstrual tension
  • Skin conditions
  • Cold and flu

Oil Burner – Add a few drops to some water and burn around the house.

  • Anxiety
  • Depression (including post natal depression)
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • General uplifting mood

Cream or alcohol base – add a few drops to a cream base or alcohol base to use for skin condition, where oil is not appropriate.

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne
  • Cold sores
  • Chicken Pox
  • Oily skin

 

Some cautions to keep in mind:

As with all essential oils, I recommend that you don’t use them when pregnant without consulting a qualified practitioner.

Bergamot should not be applied directly to the skin as it will cause irritation.

It can also make the skin photosensitive, so should not be used before going in the sun, to be sure of no adverse affects.

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