Bergamot is perhaps one of the most useful oils for helping with emotional balance. Its gentle smell is uplifting and opening without being too aggressive.
Bergamot EO Properties
Botanical Name: Citrus bergamia
Odor Intensity: Low
Dyspepsia, painful digestion, colic
Eczema and psoriasis
Mouth infection, herpes
Aroma: A blend of sweet floral with citrus top note and an undertone of vanilla.
Parts Used: Peel
Essential Oils Properties: Antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, anti-infectious, antispasmodic, antitoxic, deodorant, febrifuge, stomachic, vermifuge.
Emotional Concerns: Bergamot is helpful in cases of addiction, anorexia, bulimia, depression, fear, anxiety, and stress.
Contraindications: Bergamot is extremely photosensitizing and possibly irritating to sensitive skin. Do not expose skin to sunlight or tanning beds for 12 hours after use.
Perfume Bergamot: The bergamot fruit, developed for its scent, has been used in perfumery and medicine in France since the 16th century. Bergamot essence is mentioned in many old manuscripts and herbals. Bergamot is the flavoring used to make Earl Grey tea. The citrus bergamot should not be confused with bergamot herb, a red perennial also know as Oswego tea. Bergamot is primarily used in aromatherapy for its antiseptic properties, which are in some cases as effective as lavender. Bergamot has a wonderful smell and can be used to improve the odor of antiseptic blends in a diffuser.
Mix oils in an amber glass bottle. Diffuse after a stressful day.
Dilute in 2 teaspoons brandy. To use, add 1 teaspoon of mixture to warm water and swish well around mouth. Do not swallow.