Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
An uplifting and popular oil, the fruity scent of Bergamot can help you to beat depression as well as soothing your skin and giving shine to your tresses. The citrus fruit is is as good for your mental health as it is for your physical health, with antibacterial properties to rival even most branded astringents.
Little known fact: Bergamot is also used to flavour Earl Grey tea.
What does Bergamot essential oil smell like?
Pure Bergamot oil has a delicate floral aroma with a sweet, citrusy orange peel scent. It is commonly used as a top note in perfume and it’s earliest recorded use is in the original Eau De Cologne by Farina, in 1714.
Where does Bergamot oil originate from?
The Bergamot tree that produces this wonderfully scented oil originates from South East Asia, and is now found in Italy, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and the Ivory Coast. The cells inside the rind of citrus bergamia fruits are cold pressed to extract Bergamot essential oil.
What are the properties of Bergamot oil?
If you need a confidence boost, restful sleep or you just want to smell fabulous, Bergamot essential oil is a necessary addition to your natural remedy cabinet. Bergamot essences has diuretic properties, meaning it’s the perfect choice for toning skin and reducing the appearance of cellulite.
Pure Bergamot essential oil has the following properties
- Reduces anxiety, nervousness & depression
- Refreshes & calms the psyche
- Helps with insomnia
- Has antibacterial properties
- Reduces high blood pressure
- Soothes and rejuvenates skin
- Deodorizes bad smells
- Relieves joint & muscle pain
- Helps to heal boils, cold sores, cystitis and
- Can help to break fevers
How to use Bergamot oil
Bergamot essential oil can be used to help treat depression, if you have been feeling down you can add this oil to your bath, massage oil, or a diffuser.
If you have an electric diffuser, diffuse the oil in your bedroom while having a nice relaxing bath. If your diffuser uses a candle you shouldn’t leave it unattended so only use the diffuser while you’re in the room. Adding a couple of drops of Bergamot oil to your bath with a carrier oil of your choice, will help calm away any stressful feelings and the warmth of the bath will help infuse the fragrance so you get the benefits of the calming aroma. When you have finished your bath, your bedroom should be smelling sweet and will be the perfect environment for you to have a DIY massage, (however, if you’re lucky enough to have someone on hand to massage you, get them involved!)
Focus your massage on the areas where you feel the most tension, the shoulders and neck, and the bottom of your feet are two areas where we would recommend. The beautiful fragrance in your room should now create the perfect environment for a good night’s sleep and will help if you have been suffering from insomnia. If you have been suffering with depression it is so important to take time out for yourself for a little pampering and relaxation. We can’t all afford to go for a spa day but using an oil like Bergamot in this way is a cheap and effective way for you to relieve some built up negative energy.
You can also use this oil to massage into aching joints, and as part of your skin care regime. It is particularly good for treating oily skin, helping to balance oil secretion while unblocking pores.
If you have tonsilitis, you can use Bergamot as a gargle, by adding four drops to a tumbler of warm water. Use two to three times a day to relieve pain, aches and tightness.
Bergamot Essential oil recipes
Menstrual Cramp Balm
When mother nature brings her monthly gift, this cramp balm can stave-off any tension and pain,The natural warming effect of Ginger in this balm will help to ease tension, while Bergamot essential oil takes care of the muscle cramps.
To create your own balm, first mix the essential oils together. To make sure they’re perfectly blended, we recommend adding the oils to a bottle first, and rolling the bottle between your hands for a couple of minutes. Meanwhile, melt the beeswax or coconut in a bowl over boiling water, and then stir in the essential oils. Put the balm aside to set and store in a airtight container.
Smooth the balm over your back, legs, tummy and wherever else you need it, and massage in small circles. Use as frequently as you need, for pain relief and soft, nourished skin.
- 1/2 cup Arnica oil
- 1/2 oz beeswax (you can use coconut oil as a vegan substitute)
- 30 drops Clary Sage essential oil
- 30 drops Lavender essential oil
- 20 drops Bergamot essential oil
- 15 drops Ginger essential oil
When we lead such busy and time-consuming lives, it can sometimes be hard to switch off at night and settle into a restful sleep. The relaxing and calming essential oils in this all natural, fabric-safe pillow spray can help even the most active minds drift off to dreamland.
Combine the following ingredients, mix well, mist your pillow with 3-4 sprays before bedtime and you’ll be off to Never-Never Land before you have chance to even greet the sandman.
- 4 drops Ylang-Ylang essential oil
- 12 drops Lavender essential oil
- 8 drops Bergamot essential oil
- 1/2 tsp vodka
- Distilled water
- 2 oz glass spray bottle
Essential oils to compliment Bergamot essential oil
Bergamot oil blends with most other essential oils, but blends particularly well with the following:
Anything to note?
Bergamot oil can be photo toxic to skin so don’t use this oil before exposing your skin to the sun, as it may cause sensitivity. You should also avoid this oil if you are pregnant, or breastfeeding. Do not ingest an essential oils. Store in a cool, dark place, out of reach of children.