Bergamot essential oil is light with a sweet, citrus fragrance.
Bergamot essential oil derives from the Bergamot orange citrus fruit. It has a green coloured skin and is not dissimilar to a lime but the full grown fruit is the size of an orange.
The scent of the oil is distinctly citrus, a combination of refreshing lemon, lime, grapefruit and sharp orange with a floral note.
Where have I smelt Bergamot before?
Eau de Cologne
Bergamot was one of the principle ingredients in the very first Eau de Cologne which was created by Johann Maria Farina who was an Italian who settled in Cologne.
In 1709 he set up what is now the world's oldest fragrance factory that is still in existence and operating to this day.
Colognes were perfumes that were originally considered genderless, however they have more recently been marketed towards men.
Eau de Cologne has been traditionally created using a combination of Bergamot and other citrus and floral essential oils.
Earl Grey tea
Bergamot oil is added to black tea to create the fresh floral flavour of Earl Grey Tea. Earl Grey has a more floral aroma than the oil, however there are similarities in the scent that your olfactory senses may pick up when comparing the 2 aromas.
Perfumes and cosmetics
Bergamot oil is commonly used in perfumes and cosmetics due to its pleasing scent. Some notable perfumes with Bergamot in include: Shalimar by Guerlin, Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel and Beyonce Rise by Coty.
What is Bergamot oil good for?
Bergamot oil for hair
The stimulating properties of Bergamot essential oil is beneficial for growing and conditioning your hair. Add a few drops to your shampoo to help cleanse and purify.
Alternatively add to a warm base oil for a deep conditioning treatment. Apply to your hair and cover with a shower cap and towel for a minimum of 10 minutes to get a deep treatment that will make your hair shine.
If you have thicker, dryer hair leave on for a longer time or over night to reap the full benefits.How to use Bergamot oil for weight loss
Bergamot is cited as an oil that can be useful for weight loss. This may be down to its chemical make up which includes Coumarin which is a known appetite suppressor.
It is thought that animals in the wild naturally avoid plant matter that contains Coumarin due to its bitter taste. Try diffusing and inhaling Bergamot oil as a natural way to help you avoid snacking.
Bergamot oil for stress and tension
Bergamot oil has a calming and soothing scent and it is often used in aromatherapy to help with lifting your mood if you are feeling down, have anxiety or increased stress levels.
Diffuse in a burner or add a few drops to a bowl of warm water and inhale the aroma. Mix with a carrier oil and inhale from cupped hands for an acute hit of fragrance and massage the residue into your temples and on the bottom of your feet for instant relaxation.
To melt away the tension of a hard day, add a few drops of Bergamot oil to your bath, the warmth from the water will create a natural method for inhalation, which will help with relaxation whilst the oil nourishes your skin.
Bergamot oil recipesBergamot diffuser blends
Create an original Eau de Cologne diffuser scent similar to the very first Eau de Cologne using a combination of Bergamot, Jasmine and Sandalwood
To lift the mood diffuse 3 drops of Bergamot with 2 drops of Lavender.Bergamot roller ball recipe
Add 8 drops of Bergamot, 6 drops of Lavender and 3 drops of Frankincense to a 10ml roller ball filled with a carrier oil of your choice.
Bergamot oil blends well with:
Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Rosemary and Sandalwood. This list isn’t exhaustive, Bergamot mixes well with lots of oils, get creative to find the blend that works for you.
Bergamot essential oil safety
Alway dilute Bergamot oil before use in a carrier oil before applying topically on the skin. Don’t use before sun exposure as it can increase photosensitivity. Keep out of the reach of children and avoid if pregnant or nursing. For external use only.