bergamot orange treeSince ancient times, bergamot has been an essential oil of many uses. Did you know that the signature flavor in Earl Grey Tea is the bergamot orange?

The bergamot orange (Citrus aurantium ssp. bergamia) is a small, extremely aromatic and roughly pear-shaped citrus fruit originating in Calabria, Italy. It is a cross between the pear lemon and the Seville orange or grapefruit (not to be confused with Monarda didyma, which is an unrelated herb/wildflower that bears the same name).

It is the fresh, sweet, citrus scent of bergamot (Citrus bergamia) that is familiar to many as the flavoring in Earl Grey Tea. An essence extracted from the aromatic skin of the sour bergamot fruit is used to flavor Earl Grey tea and many other food items such as confectionery, marmalade and preserves.

The essential oil is pressed from the rind or peel of bergamot. It is rectified and void of terpenes.

Bergamot peel is used in perfumery for its ability to combine with an array of scents to form a bouquet of aromas which complement each other. Approximately one third of all men’s and about half of women’s perfumes contain bergamot essential oil. Bergamot was a component of the original Eau de Cologne developed in 17th century Germany – in 1704 the bergamot was first used to make the now famous “Eau de toilette” from the bergamot fruit by scooping out the pulp and squeezing the peel into sponges.

Bergamot peel is also used in aromatherapy to treat depression and as a digestive aid.

Bergamot essential oil is fragrant, uplifting and relaxing. It is no wonder bergamot was the delightful fragrance that inspired the world’s first cologne.
bergamot essential oil In Aromatherapy, bergamot has been used since antiquity to enhance mood and refresh the senses. In short, it makes life seem better. It’s also great for building confidence! Jean Valnet, M.D., recommends bergamot as a natural antidepressant and to regulate appetite.

Bergamot also has a long history of use for oily and troubled skin. It has been used in the Middle East for hundreds of years for skin conditions associated with an oily complexion.

Bergamot has been used to lower stress, relieve anxiety and tension, improve and regulate a poor appetite, indigestion, agitation, depression, infection, inflammation, intestinal parasites, rheumatism, insomnia and for vaginal candida. It’s also been used as an insect repellent.

How did bergamot get it’s name? It is believed that the explorer, Christopher Columbus, brought bergamot to Bergamo in Northern Italy from the Canary islands. It became a mainstay in traditional Italian medicine.

Bergamot is nice to carry with you in your purse or pocket for a “stress break.” When you need a moment of respite during a long and hectic day, just open the bottle, hold it near your nose and take a long, slow inhale, letting your body relax and take in the wonderful aroma relaxing effects. How to use: Diffuse or apply to temples and forehead. May be added to food or beverages such as tea, smoothies or rice milk as a delicious flavoring and dietary supplement.

Caution: Bergamot is very photosensitive and should NOT be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light within 48 hours. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.

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Bergamot Essential Oil – 15 ml (Item No. 3503)


Bergamot Essential Oil — 4 Comments

  1. I haven’t used it as a digestive aid yet, but my friends have. They make sure to bring it on their travels as well.

  2. Bergamot oil is obtained from extracting the liquid substance of the bergamot plants. It ahs a very sweet smell and many medicinal uses. It gives a feeling of freshness and joy when we are depress or sad. The flavanoids of bergamot oil soothe our nerves and relax our tensions. It keeps the skin and hair safe from infections. This can attract teenagers for it is a good anti-per spirant for our body. The scent of the oil and its anti-microbial properties makes it an effective deodorant.

  3. I have been slowly cutting back on my depakote for awhile now I’m down to one at night so I’m looking for natural replacements because for one, depakote is on the bad drug list and causes alot of anger for no reason and I want to get off it but I know I need to replace it with something and I don’t want more meds so I’m working towards all natural means to deal with as much of my illnesses as I can so I guess I will add this oil to my list of oils and anything else that will help me please let me know my next issues are fibromyalgia and Ra also I need to find people in my area that do spine therapy with our products to help with disc bulges, and herniated disc’s,arthritis in the spine. I live in Vacaville, Ca.Thank you for the info as always love your reports you send out it helps me alot

  4. There are many emotional oils and blends that people use with emotions and mood. Just go through some of emotional oils in Emotional Health section and see if any strike you.

    Some people swear by RutaVaLa for daily use, while others prefer to choose from an array of oils that they rotate.


    Because there are many causes for Fibromyalgia, there are many ways to deal with it. Having had it myself for about 20 years, what I have found helps me in the long-term is taking an Inner Defense capsule every morning with breakfast, as well as True Source for nutrition and minerals, supplementing with MSM (natural sulfur as in Sulfurzyme) and getting omega-3 fatty acids, such as in Omega Blue.

    The Essential Oils Desk Reference states that fibromyalgia is an acid condition in which the liver is toxic. This requires liver cleansing and I find JuvaTone very helpful for that.

    Rheumatoid arthritis:

    Regarding Rheumatoid arthritis, here are a few things from the Essential Oils Desk Reference:

    • Copper (as a mineral) provides relief for Rheumatoid arthritis. EODR p 166
    • Vitamin B3 (niacinimide) is a necessary nutritional support for osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and stress. It also helps the body produce energy from carbohydrates and does not cause a niacin flush. p. 210
    • MSM, the main ingredient in the supplement Sulfurzyme, has been documented to be one of the most effective, natural supplements for reducing the pain associated with rheumatism and arthritis. Dr Ronald Lawrence, UCLA researcher, successfully used it to treat rheumatism, arthritis and fibromyalgia. p. 496, 525 (Be sure to use the highest quality MSM, as in sulfurzyme. Lesser quality MSM may not produce desirable results)
    • Laurus nobilis, Dorado azul, Palo Santo, peppermint, pine, vetiver, white fir, eucalyptus globulus, fennel, ginger, marjoram, nutmeg, oregano and clove essential oils are often used for rheumatoid arthritis, as well as celery seed oil.

    Disc issues and arthritis in spine:

    I find using Palo Santo, ocotea and Deep Relief on these issues is very helpful. Sulfurzyme is also hugely beneficial for this, but it’s not an overnight thing. It takes a while to feel the results.

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