Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Location: Bergamot is cultivated on the Ivory Coast, southern Italy and Sicily.
Extraction: Expressed from the ripe fruit peel.
Colour and Odour: The essential oil is a green colour and has a citrusy and sweet aroma with a light delicate floral hint.
Description: The bergamot tree bears fruits resembling oranges which are slightly pear shaped.
Background: The bergamot fruit was developed for its scent, which has been used in perfumery since the eighteenth century. It is named after the city of Bergamo in the northern Italian district of Lombardy. It has been used in Italian folk medicine for many years. Bergamot is used to flavour Earl Grey tea.
Properties: Antispasmodic, carminative, antiseptic, sedative and uplifting.
Precaution: Bergamot essential oil phototoxic. Do not use before being exposed to strong UV light.
Digestive System-Bergamot can help stimulate appetite and can also help regulate the appetite of compulsive eaters.
Urinary System-Strongly indicated for all urinary tract infections including cystitis and urethritis.
Skin-Useful in treating oily skin, boils and acne. Also very effective for cold sores.
Emotion-Bergamot's uplifting and balancing qualities are very useful for treating depression and anxiety. It can encourage a restful, relaxing sleep at night.