Bergamot essential oil is produced by cells inside the rind of a Bergamot orange fruit. This tropical plant, scientifically called Citrus Aurantium or Citrus Bergamia, is native to Southeast Asia, but was introduced to Europe, particularly Italy. It can also be found in the Ivory Coast, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.
While most essential oils are created through steam distillation, Bergamot is extracted by a cold pressing process. It is a common top note in perfumes due to its powerful aroma. It is also used to flavor Earl Grey tea.
Country of Origin: Italy
Bergamot’s list of therapeutic properties is lengthy.
While the aromas of many citrus oils are known to be stimulating or invigorating, Bergamot oil has unique calming capabilities that can help when stress levels are high.
It can be used as an antidepressant, antiseptic, antibiotic, calmative, deodorant, and can aid in digestive issues. Its clean and refreshing citrus fragrance is also an effective antidote against, anxiety, urinary tract infections and indigestion. The oil has a balancing and toning effect on the nervous system which makes it effective against psychological disturbances as well.