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BOTANICAL NAME Citrus bergamia

PARTS USED
Peels

EXTRACTION METHOD
Cold pressed

NOTE CLASSIFICATION
Top

AROMA & COLOR
Pale greenish-yellow
Citrusy, musky, sweet, and tart

HISTORY
Bergamot essential oil is named after the Italian city of Bergamo in Lombardy, where the oil was first sold. It was a primary ingredient in one of the first ‘eau de cologne’ formulas in the beginning of the 18th century, and continues to this day to be found in a number of ‘high end’ perfumes and colognes. The fragrant oil is also added to black tea to give the world’s most popular scented, flavored tea—Earl Grey—its unique taste.

Common Uses

  • Powerful Stress Relief – Recommended for relieving tension and anxiety and promoting focus and clarity. Bergamot helps reduce negative emotions and fatigue and is both sedative, yet up-lifting. The fresh, floral and citrusy aroma will brighten your day and enhance feelings of wellbeing.
  • Help Lower Blood Pressure – Bergamot oil helps stimulate hormonal secretions, digestive juices, bile and insulin necessary to help maintain proper metabolic rates. To help reduce your blood pressure and pulse rate, try diffusing 5 drops of bergamot at home or work, or apply 2–3 drops topically to your temples and abdomen.
  • Alleviate Pain – Research shows that bergamot oil has analgesic effects and can be used to minimize tension in the body as well as help reduce inflammation. To reduce pain, rub five drops of bergamot oil on sore muscles or where you feel tension. To cover a larger surface area, combine with a carrier oil.
  • Boost Skin Health – Bergamot essential oil can be used to get rid of scars and marks on the skin, tone the skin and soothe skin irritations. As a natural cleanser, adding it to any skin care formula helps remove dirt and impurities—no need for potentially dangerous, chemical preservatives. In addition, this oil is great for those with oily skin, as it helps to unclog pores.

PRECAUTIONS Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. If pregnant or lactating, consult your healthcare practitioner before using. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test before using.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.