Bergamot is a small evergreen tree of the Rutaceae family that can reach up
to 4 meters high and produces white, strongly fragrant blossoms, which
eventually develop into yellow pear-shaped fruits. The name "Bergamot" is
also applied to other varieties of pear, as well as other plants of the Mint
family due to the similar fragrances that they produce. Bergamot essential
oil is extracted from the fruit's rind and is popularly used in perfumes and
colognes, as well as food flavoring.
Bergamot essential oil is an excellent treatment for diseases of the
urinogenital tract, such as cystitis and urethritis. It is also a valuable
cure for skin afflictions, and its antiseptic action makes it an effective
treatment for acne and skin infections. Its astringent quality helps
regulate excessive oiliness of the skin or scalp. Its deodorizing action can
freshen the body, home and work space. Bergamot essential oil compresses
help draw out the inflammation of blemishes or boils and promote rapid
healing. It is also an effective natural insect repellant and it soothes
insect bites. Together with Sweet Orange, Rosemary and Neroli, Bergamot was
a component of the original eau de cologne.
Bergamot has fresh, sweet and citrus top notes with warm, floral undertones.
The scent of Bergamot essential oil is slightly more spicy and balsamic
when compared to other citruses.
Bergamot possesses an uplifting and refreshing scent that helps revive,
soothe and balance both the body and the mind. The scent of Bergamot helps
relieve sadness, depression and grief.
Though Bergamot essential oil is non-toxic and non-irritating, it is
phototoxic and should only be used in low concentration.
Do not take essential oils internally or use without the guidance of a
qualified practitioner. The information provided here is for general use
only and is not intended to replace medical diagnosis or treatment.
Pregnant women should always consult their physician prior to using.