Bergamot Essential Oil

Posted on November 5, 2015 in Essential Oils

Bergamot is one of the finest of the citrus oils, light greenish-yellow in colour with a fresh, yet delicate lemony aroma.

Take caution when using this oil as the presence of bergaptene in Bergamot can increase the photo-sensitivity of the skin. Exposure to UV light or direct sunlight should be avoided for 12 – 24hrs after applying a formulation containing Bergamot essential oil. If you require a non photo-toxic Bergamot oil, you can purchase Bergamot FCF, that has had the bergaptene removed.

Bergamot is of great value for supporting emotional health and well being, especially for depression, anxiety and stress related problems. It also has extremely strong anti-septic and antiviral properties and has been successfully used to inhibit the herpes viruses.  Being a powerful antispasmodic it can offer relief from the symptoms of restless leg syndrome, abdominal cramps and spasmodic coughing.

Most Common Uses

Skin conditions: Acne, oily and congested skin, pimples, psoriasis, eczema, cuts & wounds, stings, insect bites and herpes.

Action: Has strong antiseptic and antibacterial properties helping to cleanse the skin and promote the formation on new, healthy skin. Helps to balance sebum production therefore is an excellent choice for oily and acne prone skin.

Nervous System: Anxiety, panic, depression, irritability, anger and stress related problems and restless leg syndrome.

Action: Soothes and calms the central nervous system (CNS). Has a sedative and anti-depressant effect helping with stronger emotions, like nervous anxiety, panic, fear, irritability and frustration. It has a sweet, light, uplifting citrus aroma that is effective at lifting spirits and improving moods and emotions.

Digestive System: Flatulence, colic and loss of appetite, abdominal cramps and dyspepsia.

Action: Has a balancing effect on the digestive system; is carminative and digestive so can helps relieve indigestion and can have a stimulating effect on the stomach, liver and spleen. 


Botanical Family:Rutaceae
Extraction Method:Cold expressed
Parts Used:Peel
Main Chemical Constituents:Monoterpenes, esters, monoterpenols, sesquiterpenes
Aroma:Citrus, sweet, floral
Odour Intensity:Medium
Blends Well With:Chamomile, geranium, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lime, neroli, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, rosemary, sandalwood, ylang ylang.
Properties:Antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, anti-depressant, anti-viral, carminative, cicatrisant, digestive, sedative, tonic and vulnerary.
Precautions:Non-toxic and non-irritant. Can increase photosensitivity, avoid UV or direct sunlight for 12-24hrs after applying this oil.

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All information is meant for educational and informational purposes only. All reasonable care has been taken in sourcing and presenting accurate information.
This information is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease and no responsibility is accepted for any loss or damage that may result from its use. Readers are advised to do their own research and make decisions in partnership with their health care provider. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are taking any medication, please consult your physician.

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