Bergamot

Citrus bergamia    The scent of the oil is basically citrus, yet fruity and sweet, with a warm spicy floral quality and is reminiscent of neroli, the colour ranges from green to greenish-yellow. A good refreshing and uplifting oil with a fresh citrus slightly spicy aroma. Blends well with other oils and is good for energy and enthusiasm, helps maintain a healthy and balanced mood.

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BERGAMOT (Rind of fruit) Citrus bergamia 

The scent of the oil is basically citrus, yet fruity and sweet, with a warm spicy floral quality and is reminiscent of neroli, the colour ranges from green to greenish-yellow. A good refreshing and uplifting oil with a fresh citrus slightly spicy aroma. Blends well with other oils and is good for energy and enthusiasm, helps maintain a healthy and balanced mood..  N.B. Cautions for citrus oils apply. This fresh smelling essential oil is a favourite in aromatherapy and is great for creating a more relaxed and happy feeling, relieving urinary tract infections, boosting the liver, spleen and stomach, while fighting oily skin, acne, psoriasis, eczema, as well as cold sores

When you are looking for an oil to help with depression, SAD (Seasonal Affected Disorder) or generally feeling just a bit off, lacking in self-confidence or feeling shy, and then consider Bergamot oil. It also has superb antiseptic qualities that are useful for skin complaints, such as acne, oily skin conditions, eczema and psoriasis and can also be used on cold sores, chicken pox and wounds.

It has a powerful effect on stimulating the liver, stomach and spleen and has a superb antiseptic effect on urinary tract infections and inflammations such as cystitis.

Bergamot blends well with

Although essential oils blend well with one another, bergamot oil goes particularly well with other essential oils such as Black Pepper, Chamomile Roman, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincence, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Nutmeg, Orange, Rosemary, Vetiver and Ylang Ylang

Therapeutic properties

The therapeutic properties of bergamot oil include analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-spasmodic, stomachic, calmative, cicatrisant, deodorant, digestive, febrifuge, vermifuge and vulnerary

Therapeutic properties explained

Extraction

Our Bergamot Essential Oil is obtained from Italy. The rind of both ripe and unripe fruit is used to extract the oil by expression, which yields about 0.5 %

Chemical composition

The essential oil is composed of various chemical constituents and includes a-pinene, myrcene, limonene, a-bergaptene, b-bisabolene, linalool, linalyl acetate, nerol, neryl acetate, geraniol, geraniol acetate and a-terpineol

Precautions

Bergamot oil can cause burns when used on a sensitive skin which is then exposed to sunlight, as the high content of bergaptene can cause photo-toxicity. It is advisable to keep out of the sun if this oil is used on the skin.

Even when the ingredient Bergaptene (Furocoumarin) is removed from the oil and photo toxicity is therefore minimized, it is still advisable to keep treated skin out of the sun, and to use it in concentrations of less than 1 %.