“Bergamot is a wonderful antidepressant and is a boon for people who suffer due to depression and are unable to experience and enjoy the richness of life.”
Botanical name: Citrus bergamia
Bergamot essential oil is cold-pressed from the peel of the bergamot orange (Citrus bergamia), a small, round citrus fruit. When ripe, the fruit is yellow and is said to taste like a cross between an orange and a grapefruit. The tree that bears the bergamot orange originated in Southeast Asia, but today, it’s mainly grown in Southern Italy. Bergamot is named after the city of Bergamo in Lombardy, Italy, where the oil was first sold.
Imagine walking through a citrus grove in southern Italy. With a citrus-like fragrance and a distinctive spicy-floral quality, bergamot essential oil has quite a unique smell. When you dab a drop of the essential oil onto your wrist or a few drops into your diffuser, it might transport you to Southern Italy, no plane ticket needed. Talking about traveling, another benefit of the bergamot essential oil is that it is extremely useful in treating travel sickness.
The essential oil extracted from the peel of bergamot fruit is delicate and inspiring. The aroma of this oil is among the most exciting scents that have a great potential to help with different medical conditions.
Blends well with
- ylang ylang
- sore throat
- urinary infections
- oily and open pores
- boils and carbuncles
- gall bladder
- loss of appetite
Although bergamot essential oil is useful therapeutically, it is important to exercise caution while using this valuable herbal product as it may cause irritation. In fact, it needs to be blended with any harmonizing carrier oil to lower its concentration to three per cent or less before it is applied topically to the affected skin areas. Furthermore, never expose the areas where the oil has been applied to sunlight for around 72 hours since it may result in excessive pigmentation of the skin and other defects.