Today’s featured essential oil is an exquisite citrus that has a front row seat
in my oil cabinet for it’s
uplifting and antidepressant properties.

And quite frankly, who couldn’t use a little of that?

Essential Oil of Bergamot
Citrus bergamiabergamottoBergamot fruit harvested and ready for the production of essential oil.
(Source: Wikipedia)

My Personal Connection with Bergamot Essential Oil:
Bergamot is one of my favorite essential oils. It not only smells divine but lifts a heavy heart and brings in positive energy. I love to diffuse Bergamot during the dark grey winter days here in Pennsylvania. Its bright refreshing aroma really lifts the spirits!  Citrus oils tend to be very affordable, but this one is a little costlier – and worth every penny!

Note: Don’t confuse this oil with the herb Bergamot, aka Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) (that is why we study plant nomenclature). 

Geographical Source: Bergamot is grown almost exclusively in the southern tip of Italy. (Another reason I adore it).

Plant Part:  The essential oil is expressed from the rind of the nearly ripe fruit.  The fruit is pretty much inedible and grown specifically for the essential oil that is formed in the zest.

Essential Oil Characteristics: BergamotEssOilThis essential oil has an exquisite fresh fruity aroma with floral undertones. The color of the oil is usually a light greenish-yellow color which tends to fade with age, especially when exposed to light. Don’t buy bergamot that is brownish. It is old and probably highly oxidized, making it unsafe for topical use.

Chemical Families:  Monoterpenes, Monoterpenols, Esters

Therapeutic Properties:
• Strong antiseptic and antispasmodic qualities.
• Very helpful in skin care for acne, oily skin and boils.
• Sedative for anxiety.
• Support for digestive problems.  Has an antispasmodic action on the colon.

Applications:  If you’ve got stress and depression, get a bottle of Bergamot right away!  It is wonderful at giving an emotional lift and is calming for the CNS (central nervous system).  It is the essential oil I always recommend for anxiety.
• Bath: 3-5 drops, mixed with 1 oz carrier oil (excellent with Lavender).
• Massage Oil: great on the abdomen for muscle spasms.
• Add to any blend for an uplifting, antidepressant effect.

Blends well with: The aroma of Bergamot is lovely and complex and can easily stand on its own. Nevertheless, it’s also nice mixed with other essential oils like Geranium, Clary Sage, Frankincense or Ylang Ylang.

A Recipe Using Bergamot Essential Oil

For Abdominal Cramps

9 drops Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
  • 3 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia
  • )
4 drops Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
  • 2 drops Cypress  (Cupressus sempervirens)

Blend into 1 oz of unscented carrier oil and massage a tablespoon gently into the belly. Use clockwise circular motions.

Subtle Properties: (vibrational and energetic):  Bergamot resonates with the fourth chakra, opening the heart and allowing love to radiate.  This is the oil I grab when wanting to help someone ease the pain of grief (as well as Rose which also resonates with the heart).  Bergamot not only brings in happy, positive energy, it also supports the release of repressed emotion.

Fun Facts: It is used extensively by perfumers and is one of the ingredients in the original and famous eau de Cologne. It is also used in the production of Earl Grey tea. It can be pronounced with a hard “t” or silent “t”. I prefer the latter since that was how I learned to pronounce it when I lived in Italy (bear-guh-moh).

Safety Information:  Bergamot is a phototoxic essential oil which means it can react with sunlight causing burning, discoloration and skin damage.  Avoid direct sunlight or tanning beds for 12-24 hours after applying Bergamot to the skin. A few years ago when I was introducing this essential oil to a class, a student suddenly exclaimed, “Well that explains a lot!”  She pulled up the sleeves of her shirt to expose long black streaks on the inside of her arms. Two years earlier, she had rubbed Bergamot essential oil on her arms without diluting it in a carrier first, then went outside in the sun.  She was left with dark skin discolorations!

My Aromatic Wisdom SoulCollage™ Card for Bergamot

I dance the light fandango and trips the light fantastic!

I fill the scary dark places with light.

I open your Heart Chakra, allowing joy to radiate.

I soothe your wounded heart and ease your grief.

I transport you to Italy and fill you with the energy of your beloved Eternal City.



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