This valuable, therapeutic essential oil is used primarily for relaxation (its exquisite scent has unisex appeal and is popular with both men and women). Bergamot is known as “Natures Prozac” as it is widely used in aromatherapy to help ease work-related stress, over-emotional feelings, depression, tension and calming physical and mental agitation. Bergamot can also be used when overworked or pressure affects the stomach and digestion. Bergamot essential oil is a common ingredient in many modern perfumes and adds a wonderful therapeutic quality and fragrance to any massage or bath blend.
Bergamot oil is made from the fruit of a small tree native to Morocco and parts of Asia. The name Bergamot however comes from a small town in Italy called Bergamo where the oil was first sold. Bergamot belongs to the same family as the orange tree and one of its more familiar uses is as the flavoring for Earl Grey tea.
Safety Note: Avoid massage if skin very sensitive. Bergamot oil can cause burns when used on 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.
Skin: This oils antiseptic properties are beneficial for wounds and skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Mind: Bergamot is a useful antidepressant and very good for nervous anxiety and work-related tension.
Body: It has an antiseptic effect on cystitis, urinary tract infections and bacterial stomach upsets
Blends well with: Sandalwood, Rose , Chamomile and Orange