Bergamot Citrus bergamia

Citrus bergamia
bergamot fruit
  • Common Names
  • Bergamot Oil
  • Botanical Name
  • Citrus bergamia
  • Family

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Bergamot Oil

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How to Use: Bergamot

The fresh, uplifting scent of bergamot essential oil is used to stabilize the emotions, calm and tone the nervous system, relieve tension and insomnia, and is beneficial for anxiety and depression. (Tisserand,Robert B. "Art of Aromatherapy")

Bergamot essential oil is very useful as an anti-infectious agent and is effective against a wide number of microorganisms. Bergamot essential oil has been used in traditional medicine for intestinal worms and fever, respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, and skin problems. Coconut oil with a few drops of bergamot essential oil makes a wonderful chapped lip and cold sore treatment in the winter. Keep a small jar handy and apply liberally. White, Linda B. M.D.

Bergamot essential oil aids digestion and can relieve symptoms of colic and gas when massaged into the abdomen.

Preparation Methods & Dosage : Use the oil in massage blends, aroma lamps, and baths. Along with neroli and lavender it is one of the principal ingredients in the classic Eau-de-Cologne.

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Bergamot Remedies

Bergamot Side Effects: Bergamot oil has a slightly irritation effect on the skin in high concentrations, but the reverse if used in moderation (1%). Increases the skin's sensitivity to sunlight.

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Plant Description

Native to Asia, now cultivated in southern Italy and the Ivory Coast, Bergamot is a small tree that grows up to 16 feet, with fruit that looks similar to small, pear shaped oranges.

Related Species Citrus aurantifolia, C.limetta Lime
Citrus limonum Lemon
Citrus paradisi Grapefruit
Citrus sinensis Orange

books citedWorks Cited
  1. Robert B Tisserand. "Art of Aromatherapy,The " Healing Arts, (1977) As a nerve sedative it is valuable for depression and states of anxiety..
  2. Marlene Ericksen. "Healing with Aromatherapy" McGraw-Hill, (2000) Bergamot is antibacterial, and effective in treatment of bladder infections and vaginitis used in a sitz bath. To treat sore throats use 3 drops of bergamot with 1/8 teaspoon salt in 1/2 cup warm water as a gargle .
  3. Hasnain Walji, Ph.D.. "Healing Power of Aromatherapy,The " Prima Lifestyles, (1996)