Bergamot Essential Oil is extracted from the rind of miniature oranges, which is like a cross between an orange and a lime, found on the Bergamot Tree. The origins from where the Bergamot Tree came from to be in Italy are a little sketchy, but it quickly became a popular fruit in Northern Italy where it gots its namesake from, a small town called Bergamo. It was used in Italy for hundred of years, and became an export relatively recently. Bergamot got its reputation from the perfume and toiletry industry for its uplifting and energising scent, and the fruit has been used for years as the flavour in Earl Grey Tea.
Bergamot Essential Oil has a fresh citrusy, slightly floral scent. It is phototoxic, so if used onto the skin through massage, avoid sunlight exposure for at least 24 hours. The therapeutic properties of the oil are antiseptic, analgesic, stomachic, calmative, antidepressant, digestive, anti-spasmodic, cicatrisant, deodorant, vermifuge, vulnerary and febrifuge. Bergamot oil is also used to treat fear, hysteria, tension, stress, depression and anorexia, plus hair loss and all types of skin infections.
To alleviate anxiety, depression, fatigue, nervous tension or stress use 2-3 drops of essential oil in a diffuser, or put a drop onto a tissue and inhale, this is also a great way to help regulate the appetite. For any urinary tract issues, put 4-5 drops into the bath water and take a long soak. For digestive health add 2-3 drops of oil to 1 tbspn of carrier oil and massage in a clockwise direction over the abdomen. It can also be used in a mouthwash (add 1-2 drops to 100ml water) for mouth infections or sore throats, make sure you gargle and rinse only, do not ingest.
Please note this article is for information only, always consult with your healthcare practitioner regarding any medical or health related diagnosis or treatment options.