Bergamot is cold pressed from the rind or undergoes vacuum distillation to produce Furocoumarin-free bergamot oil which is specially distilled to minimize the concentration of sun-sensitizing compounds in the oil.
Citrus aurantium bergamia
Christopher Columbus is believed to have brought bergamot to Bergamo in Northern Italy from the Canary Islands. A mainstay in traditional Italian medicine, bergamot has been used in the Middle East for hundreds of years.
An essential oil, when inhaled, can reach the emotional center of the brain within seconds. This is one of the incredible benefits of aromatherapy. The fragrant influences of Bergamot are uplifting and refreshing on the emotions, balancing to the endocrine system, soothing to the skin, and also comforting to the digestive system.
Bergamot essential oil can be applied topically for a relaxing massage or diffused and inhaled to create a calming environment.
Companion Essential Oils
Bergamot is part of the citrus family and blends well with chamomile, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, jasmine, juniper, lavender, citrus essential oils, palmarosa, patchouli, and ylang ylang.
Note: Angelica is a photosensitive oil which means that you’ll want to avoid direct sunlight to the area for at least 72 hours.
Interesting fact: Bergamot is responsible for the distinctive flavor of the renowned Earl Grey Tea and was used in the first genuine eau de cologne.