Bergamot oil has many culinary and household uses despite the fact that the fruit is inedible. It’s the characteristic flavor of Earl Grey tea. It’s also used as fragrance in pipe tobacco.
Botanical Name - Citrus bergamia
Common Method Of Extraction - Cold expression, vacuum distillation, and in some cases steam distilled
Parts Used - Outer fruit peel
Note Classification – Top
Aroma -Fresh, spicy, floral, citrus
Largest Producing Countries - Italy, California, and Mediterranean countries
Traditional Use - Bergamot has been used as a remedy for fever in Italian folk tradition, and has a long history of use in potpourri and perfumes.
Properties - Analgesic, anthelmintic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, deodorant, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, laxative, rubefacient, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, tonic, vulnerary.
Benefits - Abscess, acne, anxiety, boils, bronchitis, carbuncles, cold sores, colds, colic, cystitis, depression, eczema, fevers, flatulence, halitosis, herpes, insect bites, intestinal parasites, nervous tension, oily complexion, psoriasis, respiratory tract infections, sore throat, varicose veins. Add bergamot to a massage blend for indigestion; remember to rub the abdomen in a clockwise direction.
Blends Well With - Chamomile, citrus oils, coriander, cypress, geranium, helichrysum, jasmine, juniper, lavender, melissa, neroli, nutmeg, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, violet, ylang ylang.
Safety Data –
should be avoided in cases of liver problems. Don’t use this oil when pregnant or nursing. It can be a possible skin irritant, so dilute well. If not specified bergapten-free it may cause photosensitivity. *
*Bergamot oil from Mountain Rose Herbs is Bergapten free
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