ABOUT - Bergamot essential oil, extracted from the peel of the bergamot orange (Citrus bergamia), has a light citrus scent with floral notes that are said to have healing properties. Commonly used in aromatherapy to elevate mood and alleviate stress, bergamot oil is also said to have characteristics similar to grapefruit essential oil in that it is antiseptic, antispasmodic, and analgesic (pain-relieving), possibly offering some benefit for health issues like skin infections.
BOTANICAL NAME - Citrus bergamia
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN - Italy
MAIN COMPONENTS -
- Linalyl Acetate
SOLUBILITY - Insoluble in water, soluble in alcohol and oils
EXTRACTION METHOD - Cold Pressed
CONSISTENCY - Thin
AROMA - Citrusy, musky, sweet, and tart
COLOR - Light Green to Yellow Liquid
ABSORPTION - Leaves a Fatty, Almost Waxy Feel On the Skin.
BLENDS WELL WITH - Geranium, and other florals
- UPLIFTS YOUR MOOD - Like most other citrus extracts, bergamot is known for being uplifting. It soothes anxiety, and eases over-thinking. To calm down, you need to breathe it in via an ultrasonic diffuser, adding a few drops onto a tissue and inhaling deeply as needed, or sniffing the scent through your personal aromatherapy jewelry.
- EASE DIGESTIVE DISCOMFORT - One of the most surprising perks of certain essential oils is that they can calm an angry gut. Bergamot can ease digestive discomfort, it’s known to have the power of soothing an upset stomach. If you’re dealing with digestive woes, simply add 1 to 3 drops of bergamot to a carrier oil like jojoba or coconut and massage onto your stomach in a clockwise motion.
- CLEAR YOUR RESPIRATORY SYSTEM - Herbs and products with an uber-invigorating scent tend to open up your chest, like Vick’s VapoRub. While you probably tend to think of plants such as eucalyptus having this perk, bergamot has that prowess as well. Bergamot can work to clear up your respiratory system and you can feel the difference in your breath if you drop some into a diffuser, or rub onto your chest.
- HELPS WITH ACNE - Bergamot's antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and wound-healing properties make it a potentially useful ingredient for acne symptoms. According to a review of existing studies, the essential oil has a long history in Italian folk medicine for helping alleviate skin ailments.
- IT DOES WONDERS FOR THE SKIN - Another great reason to add bergamot to your EO arsenal is that it’s known to help balance oily skin and other frustrating skin ailments in a way that’s relatively gentle. In fact, it’s often added to cleansers and moisturizers to gently help unclog pores and slough away excess oil and can be used in DIY formulas.