Bergamot was named after a town in Italy – Bergamo--where Bergamot oil was first marketed. The Italians have used the oil for fevers for many years. The earliest record of Bergamot extract or essence used as fragrance component dates back to 1714. Bergamot trees are commercially cultivated in Southern Italy, the largest producer of Bergamot Essential Oil in the world. Bergamot is also farmed in Southern France and Southern Turkey.
Later, Bergamot was also cultivated in some African countries including the Ivory Coast, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco. Regions in Brazil, Argentina and other parts of South America eventually caught on and started growing Bergamot. , While the origin of Bergamot is up for debate, it has made Italy reign in plant cultivation and oil production.
Bergamot is an evergreen member of the citrus family, Rutaceae. It’s in full bloom during the winter with very attractive fruits that are a bit smaller than oranges. The smooth peel is rich in essential oil. The bergamot fruit is pear-shaped and green or yellow in color, similar to a lemon but inedible. They are a great ornamental plant, useful for the oil/essence extracted from them. The tree may grow 2 - 10 meters tall and doesn't grow in the wild. It must be cultivated. The long branches are covered with spines with long oval leaves, while the flowers are white.
Bergamot has a juicy fresh fruity aroma, like a balanced blend of sweet floral and citrus. Others find its scent mouth savory making them want to eat the fruit! The perfect Bergamot Essential Oil has a lively sour essence which makes it a favorite flavoring for many kinds of food, like Earl Grey Tea and Lady Grey Tea.
Bergamot essential oil is rich in healing effects. Just a drop or two can have a powerful effect on the mind, body, and spirit.
Massage oil containing Bergamot Essential Oil is effective for people suffering from fatigue, anxiety, and depression. It soothes the nerves to reduce ailments that cause sleeplessness, high blood pressure, and stress. When massaged with this oil, the body and mind get some much-needed relaxation. Bergamot Essential Oil is among the best anxiety-inhibiting oils.
To make your very own massage oil with the use of Simply Earth’s Relaxing Blend recipe, mix equal parts or Bergamot, Patchouli and Grapefruit Essential Oils. This can then be diffused or diluted in carrier oil!
Using aromatherapy with Bergamot Essential Oil in patients before surgery reduces preoperative anxiety. It also works by reducing anxiety in dental patients waiting for procedures. The balanced blend of sweet floral and citrus works by inhibiting anxiety and improving the mood. If you’ve got a stressful event coming up, Bergamot Essential Oil is a great thing to have on hand!
A recipe that could help with anxiety is our very own Uplifting Blend! Mix equal parts of Bergamot, Grapefruit and Lemongrass Essential Oils and use by either diffusing or diluting in a carrier oil.
If you want an eco-friendly product for your skin, this is it! Bergamot can help in the treatment and healing of various skin ailments. It prevents the skin from infection by controlling the growth of bacteria in affected areas. Research has proven that Bergamot Essential Oil has powerful antifungal properties.
You can make your own body butter with Bergamot Essential Oil. It's easy and it smells just like summer! See how easy it is to make here.
There are days we wake up in a terrible mood. Though that's normal, being in a good mood is always better! Bergamot essential oil when blended with Geranium and Lavender makes the perfect picker-upper! Check it out here.
The early extraction of Bergamot Essential Oil in the mid 1700’s was done by hand. Fruits were cut into halves, then squeezed into a sponge to get the mixed extract and oil. The mixture was then squeezed out from the sponge to be separated through the process called “decantation”. However, in 1840, a man invented the first ever bergamot oil mechanical extraction machine. Though it was run manually, work became faster and more productive. It was named “Macchina Calabrese” by Nicola Barilla.
Bergamot essential oil can be easily purchased here from Simply Earth where 13% of all profits are given to end human trafficking. With our Simply Pure Promise, you know that you’re getting high-quality oils! Let us know if you have any questions about Bergamot or other essential oils. We are more than happy to hear from you.
Bergamot fruit is not edible although its extract/essential oil is used to add a unique aroma to food & drinks, cosmetics, and perfumes. Internal consumption must be avoided because it can be toxic.Bergamot essential oil is photosensitizing. Simply Earth recommends that you follow dilution guide when using it on your skin. Excessive use on the skin can be carcinogenic.