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The ABCs of Essential Oils: Bergamot

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) is the most delicate of the citrus fruits. Grown on the hillsides of Reggio di Calabria, Italy, or “toe of the boot,” the acidic soil and fresh ocean air help strengthen the trees and give this fruit the opportunity to thrive. Although originally introduced from the Canary Islands, today, Reggio di Calabria is now the only place on Earth it is grown. For years, Italians have used the fruit to soothe skin. However, in Greece, the unripe fruits are used as sweetmeats, eaten by the spoonful with coffee or as a dessert. Historically, Bergamot was also used in the first Eau de Cologne by Giovanni Maria Farina, as well as to cool the body and rid the body of unwanted intestinal visitors. Today, Bergamot is often used to support the digestive system as well as rejuvenate the skin. Emotionally speaking, the uplifting, yet calming aroma can relieve feelings of self-judgment and low self-esteem. Known as The Oil of Self-Acceptance, Bergamot supports the individual in need of self-love and awakens the soul to hope and see life with more optimism.

BOTANICAL FAMILY: Rutaceae (citrus)

AROMATIC DESCRIPTION: Citrus, Sweet, Lively, with a High Floral Note

APPLICATION METHODS: Aromatic, Topical, Internal

EXTRACTION METHOD: Cold pressed from the rind or peel


  • Blends With: Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, and Ylang Ylang

  • Substitutions: Lemon, Tangerine, Grapefruit, or Wild Orange depending on the use


  • Promotes sleep.

  • Assists with loss of appetite.

  • Soothes occasional joint and muscle cramps.

  • Soothes occasional PMS symptoms.

  • Promotes healthy, clear skin.

  • Frequently used in massage therapy for it’s calming benefits.


  • Diffuse in the classroom, at work, or at home when stress levels or tension is high.

  • Dilute and apply as a deodorant.

  • Apply to skin while showering and inhale deeply to experience it’s calming aroma while enjoying it’s purifying skin benefits.

  • Add Bergamot to your Earl Grey tea for a tranquil experience.

  • Apply to feet before bedtime for a sense of peace and harmony.

  •  Add 1-2 drops to your DIY skin care cleanser.

  • Diffuse for a sense of self-confidence.


  • Negative: Despair, self-judgment, hopeless, unlovable, low self-esteem

  • Positive: Optimism, self-acceptance, confidence, hopeful, lovable

CAUTIONS: Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or tanning beds for up to 12 hours after applying product.

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