Bergamot is a sweet and spicy citrus essential oil! It comes from the fruit of the bergamot orange tree (Whelan, 2018). Bergamot is used for food and can be distilled to be used for essential oils. Bergamot trees were originally grown in Southeast Asia, but are now also known for being grown in Italy (Whelan, 2018).
Benefits of Using Bergamot
Bergamot is known for having some medicinal uses and has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (Whelan, 2018). These properties contribute to bergamot being used to help with acne and irritated scalp (Whelan, 2018). Bergamot is also known for helping relieve feelings of anxiety and sadness (Tagger, 2023). I also use Bergamot in DIY body care recipes for increasing my energy. It has a very uplifting and soothing scent. Bergamot is a citrus oil and can cause photosensitivity. Be careful to not put bergamot directly on your skin without being diluted. Can cause skin to be sensitive in the sun.
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Three Ways to Use Bergamot
The number of drops used in these ideas are based on a health adult. If you are sensitive or unsure about how your body responds to essential oils use a much smaller amount to begin with or talk with your doctor first. Look up more specific recommendations for children, seniors, and pregnant women.
- Combine Bergamot essential oil with a carrier oil in a roller bottle. I normally add 10 drops.
- Add Bergamot essential oil to an aromatic diffuser with water. I usually add 2-3 drops.
- Add Bergamot essential oil to melt and pour soaps. For 1 pound of soap I normally add 50 drops of essential oils. Bergamot would also go great in combination with Lavender essential oil.
Tagger, M. (2023). “Bergamot oil: Benefits, uses & side effects” https://www.hollandandbarrett.com/the-health-hub/natural-beauty/aromatherapy/what-is-bergamot/
Whelan, C. (2018). “About Bergamot Oil” https://www.healthline.com/health/bergamot-oil