Botanical Name: Citrus Bergamia
Description & Extraction:
Citrus bergamia is a small tree which blossoms during the winter. The juice tastes less sour than lemon, but more bitter than grapefruit. The distinctive aroma of the bergamot
is most commonly known for its use in Earl Grey tea. The juice of the fruit has also been used in Calabrian indigenous medicine to treat malaria, and its essential oil is
popular in aromatherapy applications. It is extracted from the aromatic skin of this sour fruit is used to flavor Earl Grey and Lady Grey teas, and confectionery.
The Bergamot oil is composed of various chemical constituents and includes a-pinene, myrcene, limonene, a-bergaptene, b-bisabolene, linalool, linalyl acetate, nerol, neryl
acetate, geraniol, geraniol acetate and a-terpineol.
Bergamot oil can cause burns when used on a sensitive skin which is then exposed to sunlight, as the high content of bergaptene can cause photo-toxicity. It is advisable to
keep out of the sun if this oil is used on the skin. Even when the ingredient Bergaptene (Furocoumarin) is removed from the oil and photo toxicity is therefore minimized; it
is still advisable to keep treated skin out of the sun, and to use it in concentrations of less than 1 %.
Benefits, Uses & Precaution:
• Bergamot oil can be used in the treatment of depression, stress, tension, fear, hysteria, infection (all types including skin), anorexia, psoriasis, eczema and general
• It also has superb antiseptic qualities that are useful for skin complaints, such as acne, oily skin conditions, eczema and psoriasis and can also be used on cold sores,
chicken pox and wounds.
Wear in the palm of each hand to protect one from all harm and to dispel any hex which might be attempted against them. To attract riches, rub some on the inside of
your purse, pocket, or wallet.