Bergamot oil is unique among citrus oils because it is both uplifting and calming. Although the fruit is sour, the oil is sweet and aromatic, and is an ingredient in many fine perfumes. In Southern Italy, Bergamot oil has been used for hundreds of years to soothe feelings of stress and rejuvenate the complexion.
Bergamot Essential Oil Usage Tips:
- Diffuse Bergamot oil in the classroom, at work, or at home when stress levels or tension is high.
- Apply Bergamot oil to the skin while showering and inhale deeply to experience its calming aroma while enjoying its purifying skin benefits.
- Change regular tea to Earl Grey with the addition of Bergamot oil.
- Apply Bergamot oil to the feet before bedtime or use with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil for a relaxing massage.
- Add one to two drops of Bergamot oil to your DIY skin care cleanser or add 1 drop to Fractionated Coconut Oil and use as a facial cleanser.
- Add Bergamot oil to your favorite muffin recipe!
- Diffuse Bergamot oil with Lavender oil or Juniper Berry oil.
What Is Bergamot Oil?
Bergamot is a citrus fruit native to the Mediterranean, which is almost exclusively grown in the Calabria province of southern Italy. This little-known citrus fruit is probably most well known as the pleasant flavoring in Earl Grey Tea. Bergamot is believed to have originated in southern Italy as the result of crossing a sour orange with a sweet lime. The fruit is approximately the size of an orange, and greenish to lemon yellow when ripened. Although the fruit is sour, Bergamot oil is expressed from the fresh peel smells sweet. Bergamot oil supports a healthy nervous system, cardiovascular system, and cognitive function.* It may also calm the nervous system and relax muscles.*
What Is Bergamot Oil Used For?
Bergamot oil is a unique citrus oil. It has high concentrations of the uplifting monoterpene limonene like other citrus, but also contains the calming monoterpene ester linalyl acetate (which gives relaxing qualities to Lavender, Clary Sage, and Petitgrain). Because of this, Bergamot oil is an ideal oil to use to help with anxious and sad feelings, or for times when tension is high. Diffuse Bergamot oil to reduce feelings of negativity, or to encourage self-confidence. When stress levels are high, diffuse Bergamot oil with Grapefruit and Douglas Fir.
Bergamot oil is highly valued in the fragrance industry; it is an ingredient in approximately half of women’s fine fragrances and one-third of men’s colognes. Bergamot oil is a key ingredient in the classic Eau de Cologne, created in 1709. Eau de Cologne was a favorite scent of Voltaire, who declared it “a fragrance that inspires the spirit!”
How To Use Bergamot Oil
Apply Bergamot oil to the bottom of your feet before bedtime to encourage a sense of calm and harmony.
Mix Bergamot oil with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil for a soothing massage oil. If you use Bergamot oil topically, make sure to avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product. Bergamot oil also has cleansing properties. Add it to your nighttime skincare routine to reduce the appearance of blemishes and rejuvenate the skin. It can also be used as an effective surface cleaner.
To create your own Earl Grey tea, add a drop of Bergamot oil to a pot of Black Tea. You can also try adding citrus peel, a few jasmine flowers, or a drop of Lemongrass essential oil for custom teas.