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Bergamot, Organic

Bergamot, Organic


Therapeutic Organic Bergamot essential oil

Botanical name :  Citrus bergamia

Aroma :  Sweet-fruity top note with herbaceous, somewhat balsamic body

Note Classification :  Top       Odor Intensity :  5

Key constituents :  Limonene, Linalyl acetate, Linalool, Beta-pinene  

Extraction method / Source :  Peel of the fruit is cold pressed.  Cold pressing preserves the aromatic and therapeutic properties of the oil.

Plant description :  Botanical family : Rutaceae (citrus)      Bergamot trees originally grew exclusively in a narrow coastal strip in Calabria, Italy, but are now cultivated in Corsica, Morocco, Guinea and the Ivory Coast.   Bergamot is a deciduous tree which can reach up nearly 40 feet.  The tree has dark green, glossy leaves and produces  small, bitter citrus fruits which become yellow when ripe.  The fruit is exceedingly sour, and cannot be eaten, so the trees are primarily cultivated for essential oil.

Regions of Production :  Italy

Growing Practices :  Trees are organically farmed.  Fruits are tested after harvest for purity.

Properties :  Analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antiviral, carminative, cicatrisant, deodorant, digestive, febrifuge, sedative, stomachic, tonic, vermifuge, vulnerary (Battaglia, 2003, Schnaubelt, 1998).    Please refer to the Glossary for terms which may be new to you.

Uses / Benefits :   A great choice for helping manage oily skin and related conditions.

Fragrant influences:  Calming, uplifting, promotes concentration and harmony.  Promotes restful sleep.  Helps improve mood, so useful for use with depression. 

Safety :  May irritate sensitive skin.  Avoid using on skin that will be exposed to UV light or sunlight within 24 hours.  IFRA recommends use for topical applications be limited to 0.4%, except in products which will be washed off the skin, such as soaps and bath preparations. (Battaglia, 2003, International Fragrance Research Association)

Blends well with : Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lavender, Mandarin, Nutmeg, Orange, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Vetiver

History / Fun Facts : It is believed that Christopher Columbus brought bergamot trees to Bergamo in northern Italy from the Canary Islands.  Bergamot oil gives Earl Grey Tea its distinctive scent and flavor.

 TIMELESS Essential Oils guarantees the purity and quality of all our therapeutic oils.  Current Certificate of Analysis is available upon request.  All essential oils are best stored in an airtight container away from heat and light.


References :  

Battaglia, Salvatore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Second Edition, 2003. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Brisbane, Australia.

International Fragrance Research Association, http://www.ifraorg.org/en-us/standards (January 5, 2016) 

Schnaubelt, Kurt, Advanced Aromatherapy : The Science of Essential Oil Therapy (English translation) 1998, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT.

Tourles, Stephanie L. Hands On Healing Remedies, 2012. Storey Publishing, North Adama, MA.

Worwood, Valerie AnnThe Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, 1991. New World Library, Novato, CA.

Notice : This information is for educational purposes only. It has not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease and should not take the place of evaluation by a qualified health professional. Although we strive to provide information which is accurate and up to date, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information. 

Precautions : Pure essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts. Do not use them undiluted, or in the eyes or mucus membranes. If applying an essential oil to the skin, always dilute it with a proper carrier oil and test on a small patch of skin before applying to a large area. Do not take them internally except under the direction of a qualified professional trained in Aromatherapy. Always familiarize yourself with the safety, contraindications and proper preparation of each essential oil before use. Note that when using essential oils for children and the elderly, very low concentrations should be used. Keep all essential oils away from children and pets. 

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