Essential Oil Spotlight: Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)

It’s citrusy, sweet, with a spicy floral tone and it is one of the best essential oils for using during times of stress. Bergamot Citrus bergamia comes from cold pressing the peel of the fruit on the bergamot orange tree. It has a bright scent that can help to boost mood and aid in soothing tumultuous emotions. Bergamot blends well with black pepper, chamomile, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, geranium, pink grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, mandarin, neroli, nutmeg, patchouli, rosemary, sandalwood, vetiver, and ylang ylang.

It makes a wonderful addition to any blend meant to support emotions during times of grief and sadness. Bergamot has been historically considered one of the most effective essential oils for mental and emotional problems. Its anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) actions have been studied frequently over the years with promising results. It blends well with earthy, grounding oils like sandalwood, patchouli, and vetiver for a beautiful meditation blend.

Bergamot, when used topically, is gentle enough for skin care and help with oily skin and skin problems common in teenagers. Have achy, overexerted muscles? Try bergamot blended with black pepper in a massage blend to help relieve tension and soreness.

Bergamot essential oil is rich in the ester linalyl acetate, the main constituent found in Lavender essential oil, that gives bergamot its anti-inflammatory action. It is also rich in d-limonene. D-limonene is a monoterpene thought to provide antiseptic, antiviral, and bactericidal action making bergamot a great choice to diffuse to help purify the air.

Bergamot contains a chemical constituent known as bergaptene. Bergaptene is a furocoumarin that is known to cause photosensitivity. It’s recommended to use a maximum of 0.4% to avoid phototoxicity. However, you can find bergapten-free bergamot at Plant Therapy and in all our blends containing bergamot at Airmid Holistics, so you don’t have to worry about skin irritation from sun exposure.

Bergamot is one of my favorite essential oils & I frequently diffuse it while I’m working at my desk. For me, it is soothing & uplifting. I enjoy blending it with lemongrass for a pick-me-up or sandalwood when I need to feel more grounded. It is a great oil to add to your regular lineup during stressful times! Our roller blend Stress Away features bergamot blended with clary sage & sandalwood.

Published by AirmidHolistics

Hi! I’m Melissa Murray, a certified aromatherapist, herbalist, & holistic health practitioner & founder of Airmid Holistics, LLC! I hold an Associates of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine, a Diploma in Holistic Health Practice, & a Diploma in Aromatherapy from the American College of Healthcare Sciences. I’ve used aromatherapy personally & professionally for over a decade & began to seriously pursue my formal education in holistic medicine after my military career ended abruptly due to an injury. I want to help people learn how to achieve their health & wellness goals with aromatherapy support & educate them on the safe use of essential oils.

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