Bergamot is a fragrant citrus fruit. While the citrus fruit is not edible, Bergamot's rind emits a sweet scent. Bergamot was first named after the town of Bergamo, in Northern Italy (Lombardy), where the oil was first distilled. Bergamot essential oil is widely used in perfumery.
Chemical Families: Monoterpenes, Monoterpenols, Esters
Botanical Family: Rutaceae
Extraction Method: Cold pressed
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) Essential Oil Highlights:
In folk medicine, Bergamot is used as a topical antiseptic and for wound healing. It is also used in folk medicine to treat infections.
It can be effective in reducing abdominal cramps. It is also a good digestive aid for lack of appetite, nausea.
Bergamot essential oil has antidepressent properties. It helps sooth depression and anxiety. It can also help releasing anger, negativity, frustration from pent-up emotions and mood swings.
It helps support the immune system and promote well-being
Safety concern: Phototoxicity - Avoid direct sunlight or UV light for 24 hours after applying Bergamot to the skin. Bergamot must not be applied to the skin undiluted.
Here are just some of the many ways you can use your bergamot essential oil:
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