Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Bergamot is well known for its use in the perfume and food industries, and as the ingredient in Earl Grey tea and most often used to support emotional stability. Adding the pure essential oil in to a daily routine can provide many additional benefits.
Bergamots antiseptic properties help ward off infection and aid in healthy recovery, making it an excellent oil for bacterial or viral infections of the mouth, including nasal mucus. Its general tonifying properties are good for allergy-related conditions. It helps relieve the pain, itch and swelling from insect bites and stings, while repelling insects as well.
Bergamot has anti-inflammatory and slightly diuretic properties, which also makes it useful in treating varicose veins. Additionally it is useful in stimulating poor circulation, while also relaxing and calming the nervous system.
Botanical Family, Origin & Extraction: Rutaceae (citrus); Italy, Ivory Coast; Solvent extraction or vacuum distilled; pressed from peel; rectified and void of terpenes
Properties: Analgesic, anti-bacterial (strep & staph infection), anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, sedative and uplifting
Body Systems Affected: Digestive system, emotional balance, skin
Aromatic Influence: It may help to relieve anxiety, depression, stress and tension. It is uplifting and refreshing and helps to expand and open the heart chakra and to radiate love energy. The aroma is sweet and characteristically citrus while also maintaining warm and uniquely floral nuances
Other Possible Uses: This oil may help acne, anxiety, regulate appetite, boils, bronchitis, carbuncles, cold sores, oily complexion, coughs, cystitis, digestion, eczema, emotions, endocrine system, fever, gallstones, gonorrhea, infectious disease, insect bites, soothe lungs, psoriasis, respiratory infection, scabies, sore throat, nervous tension, thrush, acute tonsillitis, ulcers, urinary tract infection, spot varicose veins and wounds
Historical Uses: Bergamot was used by the Italians to cool and relieve fevers, protect against malaria, and expel intestinal worms
Folklore: Christopher Columbus is credited with bringing bergamot to Italy from the Canary Islands
French Medicinal Uses: Agitation, appetite (loss of) colic, depression, indigestion, infection, inflammation, insect repellent, insomnia, intestinal parasites, rheumatism, stress, and vaginal candida
Blends With: Chamomile, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, palmarosa, patchouli, and ylang ylang
Directions for Use: Generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for internal consumption by the FDA (21CFR182.20)*
- Dilute 1 drop oil into 1 teaspoon honey or in 4 oz of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk)
- Diffuse 6-8 drops in a diffuser of your choice
- Apply to forehead, temples, flex points and/or directly on area of concern
- May be applied as a deodorant
- May be added to food or water as a dietary supplement (1-2 drops)
- Do not use essential oils internally
- Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes
- Do not apply undiluted to skin (refer to an aromatherapy text)
- The information on this website is not intended to diagnose or prescribe
- Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should consulting a trained healthcare practitioner prior to use
- You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis
- Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem
- Stop using this product immediately if you suspect an allergic reaction
GC/MS Report: The analysis of our Bergamot batch sample meets the expected chemical profile for authentic essential oil of Citrus bergamia. No contamination or adulteration was detected. The results provided in the GC/MS quality analysis reflect the chemical composition of the oil and lot referenced on the date of analysis.
*Mockingbird Apothecary does not recommend ingestion of essential oils