doTERRA's Bergamot essential oil comes from the bergamot citrus fruit, grown primarily in Reggio di Calabria, Italy. Bergamot is one of the most unique citrus oils. For years, Italians have used Bergamot for many purposes—to rejuvenate the skin, reduce feelings of stress, and more. There are many unique attributes of Bergamot that set it apart from other citrus oils, including the exclusivity of where it is grown, the fact that it is a bitter fruit that produces sweet oil, and its ability to create an uplifting and calming environment, just to name a few.
Bergamot is produced through cold pressing, where the Bergamot rind is mechanically squeezed—producing pure essential oil.
Bergamot was the first essential oils that I had a true emotional reaction to.
It was just pure love at first sniff. I started using it as a perfume, applying to my wrists and behind my ears. I added it to hot tea (Bergamot is the oil that gives Earl Grey tea its unique flavor). I diffused it.
It almost felt irrational, in the sense that I was drawn to this oil in a way that I totally could not -- and still can't! -- put into words. To this day, it is still one of my favorite essential oils.
Many of my friends at my urging, bought Bergamot, too, and had the same reaction. In fact, I had lunch yesterday with a dear friend and some of her first words to me were -- "SMELL MY WRIST!" She had combined Bergamot and Sandalwood and wears it as perfume. It was heavenly.
Obviously, Bergamot is a powerful "emotional oil" and is known as the oil of self-acceptance as it relieves feelings of self-judgement and low self-esteem. If you are feeling "not good enough", inhale Bergamot and embrace the knowledge that you are very valuable and that you are "enough".
Because you are. :-)
Bergamot Oil Uses and Benefits
Here is a favorite diffuser blend of mine: equal amounts of Bergamot, Tangerine and Spearmint. This creates a wonderfully uplifting daytime blend that cleanses the air and is good for your respiratory system, too!
Chemistry of Bergamot Oil
Main Chemical Components: Limonene, linalyl acetate
As an oil in the citrus family, Bergamot oil includes the chemical component Limonene, which is commonly known for its uplifting aromatic characteristics.
Other active chemical components include a-pinene, myrcene, a-bergaptene, b-bisabolene, linalool, nerol, neryl acetate, geraniol, geraniol acetate, and a-terpineol.
Melitidin and brutieridin, which studies show exhibit statin-like properties, is only found in citrus bergamot.
Sun exposure warning
Bergamot oil may induce photosensitivity (oversensitivity to the sun). The same warning goes to all essential oils derived from citrus fruits like lime, orange, and lemon. To avoid this from happening, wait for up to 72 hours after topical application before heading outdoors. ... Or apply where the "sun don't shine"! :-)
Oils that blend well with Bergamot oil
As a citrus essential oil, Bergamot blends well with a variety of other oils. If you are looking for good oils to blend with Bergamot, try doTERRA Lavender, Patchouli, Lime, or Arborvitae. Mixing Bergamot oil with any of these essential oils will provide both an uplifting and calming element to your blend.
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