Bergamot is one of the oils that have a lot of different uses such as treating depression, urinary tract infection, stress, tension, fear and hysteria, infection of all kinds, anorexia, psoriasis, eczema, and general convalescence. It can also help to fight oily skin. Other areas it can help to treat are in open wounds such as cold sores and chicken pox.
This citrus oil is fruity and sweet, resembling other fruits of this variety; almost like a cross between an orange and a grapefruit. The name Bergamot is derived from the city of Bergamo in Lombardy, Italy where it was first sold. It has a lot of different countries that it is harvested from, although it is originally native to South East Asia. Long ago, it was taken to Europe, though, and had some great success growing, specifically in Italy. It can also be found in parts of Africa; the Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. Bergamot oil is made from the rind of fruit that is both ripe and unripe.
There are many different types of depression that can be treated with this oil because of its uplifting power. One particular area of depression that this oil can be used very effectively is with Season Affected Disorder, or SAD, which is typically felt during certain times of the year. Many people have different ways that they prefer to use this oil to treat themselves, but typically it is done in one of three ways. The first is through a burner or vaporizer so that the oil and scent is distributed throughout the air more evenly and quickly. The second way is by adding drops of the oil into a bathtub of hot water and letting the vapors quickly do its work, while still having an avenue to absorb into the skin. The third and final way is to have it blended in with a cream or oil. Having a way to rub it in can also help with treating wounds or cuts, so it is okay to blend more than what will be used without feeling like it is going to waste.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any concerns with this oil that users should be aware of first? Just as with other oils, always consult a physician before using if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, be sure to note that this oil is photosensitive and can cause burns if applied and then exposed to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light within 48 hours.
Is this used in aromatherapy? Yes, this oil is known to help uplift and lighten the mood of a room because of its sweeter tones. It is also used to help make a more relaxed environment because of its stress relieving properties.
What oils are best for blending with Bergamot? Being a strong citrus oil, the best oils for blending are often ones that can help to balance it out such as black pepper, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, mandarin, nutmeg, orange, rosemary, sandalwood, and ylang-ylang.