Bergamot Essential Oil

About the plant

Common Names Bergamot orange tree
Latin Name Citrus bergamia, Citrus aurantium
Botanical Family Rutaceae
Plant Detail This green-leaves shrub is 5m high. Fruits are smaller than oranges but very similar.
Native Region Asia

About the Bergamot Essential Oil

Inci Name CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA FRUIT OIL
Essential Oil Name Bergamot essential oil
Origin Italy (Calabria)
Part Used Zest
Scent Fresh, citrus, elegant
Extraction Method Cold expression
Production 4,8 ML of essential oil per KG of bergamot*

* Pacchioni, I., Francolon, J.-C., Morin, P. & Impr. Corlet roto). Aromatherapia : tout sur les huiles essentielles : les connaître, les utiliser : beauté, santé, bien-être : 500 recettes pratiques pour tous. (Éd. Aroma thera, 2011

Our expert Docteur Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about essential oils.

From relieving stress to its antiseptic properties, Bergamot Essential Oil is a fascinating and healing element to be incorporated into your daily aromatherapy ritual. Here’s why.

What is Bergamot Essential Oil used for?

  • Purify: Thanks to its antibacterial properties, Bergamot Essential Oil is a natural cleanser. It’s particularly good for oily skin, helping to unclog pores and balance sebum levels to get skin glowing for all the right reasons.

    For skin that leans on the dry side, look to Chamomile oil to purify and nourish the complexion.

Where does Bergamot Essential Oil come from?

Bergamot oil: the Essential Oil that divides historians. Some say it came from Asia, others believe it originated in Italy and some think it derived from the Canary Islands. Regardless, it’s certainly been used for centuries for its numerous benefits pertaining to the mind, body and health.

History of Bergamot Essential Oil

  • Italian origins: Bergamot Essential Oil has been used in Italian folk medicine and Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years as a cure to a whole host of conditions, including those related to digestion, skin health and fever.
  • A botanist’s dilemma: Bergamot confuses and divides botanical experts due to its strange appearance. Bergamot looks like a cross between a lemon and shrivelled orange, is yellow or green in colour with a slight pear shape - quite the hybrid!
  • A re-energising plant: In traditional Chinese medicine, Bergamot Essential Oil was believed to stimulate and re-balance the flow of vital energy within the body.

Facts about Bergamot Essential Oil

  1. A raw deal: Although Bergamot Essential Oil is delectable, the raw fruit itself is highly sour. For optimum taste, the bergamot passes through numerous processes before the oil is fit for human consumption.
  2. The secret ingredient: Bergamot Essential Oil is often used as a flavouring in certain food and beverages. According to Dr Couic Marinier, “bergamot oil is used as the secret flavouring to the famous Earl Grey Tea”.
  3. Take care: Although bergamot oil can be highly effective whether used for its health or skin benefits, it is known to be one of the most phototoxic Essential Oils to exist, alongside Lemon oil and Grapefruit oil.Take care not to use Bergamot Essential Oil when exposed to direct sunlight, hot climates and other ultraviolet light.

Give your health rituals a refresh by adopting the renewing Bergamot Essential Oil and reap its plentiful rewards for your skin, mind and body.