Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) Bergamot is a cold-pressed oil extracted from the peel of nearly ripe-fruit. It has a sweet citrus aroma with spicy undertones. This is an aroma enjoyed by both men and women. It’s probably most recognized as the scent from Earl Grey tea.
Benefits - analgesic (pain relief) antidepressant, antiseptic
Topical - may be used in low formulation in topical skin products, extra care must be used with topical use as this oil is phototoxic. Bergapten free versions of bergamot oil are available which are not photo-toxic Diffusion - beneficial in times of stress, bergamot has been shown to calm the central nervous system and useful for situational anxiety
Caution - bergamot essential oil is photo-toxic and my cause serious sunburns when used before exposure to UV light.
Diffusion is my favorite way to use bergamot essential oil.
Try diffusing bergamot essential oil for 10 minutes using a diffuser or place a drop of essential oil on a cotton ball next to where you’re working.
Blends well with: Chamomile, citrus oils, geranium, lavender, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang
Essential Oils and Anxiety: There have been several studies conducted on the use of essential oils for situational anxiety. In 2011 a study evaluated the effects of inhaling bergamot essential oil on the overall regulation of the autonomic immune system ( the part of the nervous system responsible for control of bodily functions such as breathing, heartbeat and digestion). This small study evaluated vital signs before and after 10 minutes of inhalation in school teachers (54) and found an overall reduction in heart rate and blood pressure.
IFRA Maximum Skin Exposure Levels for Bergamot Essential Oil: Body Lotion: 0.4% Perfume: 0.4% Body Wash: 5.0% Soap: 5.0% Deodorant: 0.4% IFRA is the International Fragrance Association:
These are recommendations for maximum dilutions set by IFRA, it doesn’t mean there are not scenarios where using a higher dilution are not acceptable it also does not mean that you must use these maximums for efficacy of a product but may be used as a guideline for making home formulations for a healthy adult.