Bergamot is the love child of the lemon and orange tree and its fruit is a small bitter pear-shaped citrus fruit, bright yellow in colour. It is used to flavour Earl Grey tea. The essential oil of Bergamot comes from the cold-pressed rind of the almost-ripe fruit.
In the Antalya region of the south of Turkey, Bergamot is popular for making marmalade and for flavouring Turkish Delight but as an essential oil, it is mostly cultivated in Italy and France. It was actually named after the city of Bergamo in Lombardo, Italy.
Bergamot oil is a popular ingredient in the crafting of perfumes because of it's the unusual spicy, fruity aroma.
Uses of Bergamot Oil:
Just like lemon oil, bergamot is an excellent natural mosquito repellent. It can also be added to lotion to make a salve to ease the discomfort of insect bites.
Agricultural farmers who are troubled by pests often choose to plant Bergamot among their crops to prevent them from being attacked by insects.
Bergamot is an antibacterial essential oil. Try a few drops in the bath to fight urinary tract and bladder infections.
In days gone by, bergamot was used to combat intestinal worms and it is said to be useful in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes if used regularly, however, we shouldn't forget that the best way of keeping a healthy heart is with a good diet and plenty of fresh air and exercise.
Bergamot can be considered helpful for the treatment of cold sores, chickenpox, shingles, herpes, mouth ulcers, thrush, anxiety and stress.
Like all citrus oils, it is great when inhaled as it lifts the spirits but you should take care when going out into the sunshine immediately after using as a massage oil or in the bath as it could result in the patching of the skin
A blend of bergamot, chamomile and fennel in light carrier oil is excellent to massage into the abdomen to soothe tummy ache caused by indigestion and gas.
As with most essential oils, it is probably best not used by pregnant or nursing women and very small children and always dilute it.