Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot oil is one of my very favourite essential oils and out of all the citrus oils available I think this one is far too under-utilised. It comes from the coast of Italy and does not have a typical citrus aroma. Bergamot has a sharp citrus scent with peppery notes and a herbaceous, lavender-like element. For years, Italians have used Bergamot oil to rejuvenate the skin and to reduce feelings of stress. Its powerful aroma makes it popular in many perfumes and one of the most common uses that you may not be aware of is its use in black tea. When you include bergamot in regular black tea it is given a different name – Earl Grey.

Primary Benefits:

  • Calming and soothing aroma
  • Promotes healthy, clear skin
  • Frequently used in massage therapy for its calming benefits
  • Some feel it helps reduce insomnia and anxiety

Blends well with: Clary sage, frankincense, lavender, lime, mandarin, orange, patchouli, rose, rosemary, vetiver and ylang ylang.

Tips & Uses:

  • Mix bergamot with ylang ylang and lavender to diffuse around your home. This combination is great for helping to reduce stress.
  • Add 1-2 drops of Bergamot Essential Oil to 30ml of any carrier oil of your choice. Massage into your feet before bedtime for a restful sleep.
  • Add 1-2 drops of Bergamot Essential Oil to 30ml of any carrier oil of your choice. Massage onto your stomach as needed or around meal times to aid digestion.
  • Add a few drops to your homemade mosquito spray to give it some extra muscle.
  • Add a few drops to your bath to relax at the end of the day.
  • Inhale Bergamot Essential Oil directly from the bottle for a boost of positivity.

Safety Information: Bergamot is phototoxic which means that it reacts to the sun. Avoid direct sunlight for 12-24hrs after applying it to your skin. Bergamot should not be applied to the skin undiluted. It may be used safely on the skin in a blend at no more than 0.4% (approx. 1-2 drops per 30ml of carrier oil). Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears and sensitive areas.

I’m Marra Hensby, an environmental, social responsibility professional turned eco-living advocate.

I’m committed to helping you live a greener, healthier and chemical-free lifestyle whilst showing you just how easy it can be. We can keep our planet and homes clean and kick out harsh, toxic chemicals while introducing a more conscious approach to our daily lifestyle. All the information you’ll find here is well-researched and designed to give you the clarity and tools you’ll need to live a lifestyle that is chemical-free and safer for you and your loved ones.

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