Bergamot Essential Oil
Latin name: Citrus bergamia
Synonyms: Citrus aurantium subsp. bergamia
Plant family: Rutaceae
Extraction: Expression of the peel of the fruit
Plant characteristics: This small fruit tree is found in abundance in Italy where the fruit peel is made into candied peel. The small greenish yellow fruit are very bitter and inedible raw.
Bergamot Essential Oil characteristics: A light greenish-yellow oil with a sweet citrus/fruity aroma.
Traditional use: Used in Italy for fever (malaria) and worms.
Blends well with: Lavender, Sandalwood, Geranium and Juniper essential oils.
Cautions and comments: It is photo-sensitising if used undiluted on the skin prior to going into daylight unprotected, sunbed treatments or sunbathing. Normally considered a safe essential oil if used in dilution and with care in hot climates.
Main chemical constituents: Alcohols (< 60%), esters (< 60%), coumarins (5%).
How to Use
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.