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Bergamot Essential Oil

Citrus bergamia

Bergamot Essential Oil
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Uplifting for depression and low energy and stress relieving.

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Essential Facts

Notes & Use

Traditional Use of Bergamot

Bergamot Essential Oil has been show to inhibit herpes simplex I virus which causes cold sores. It has also been used to treat cystitis and UTIs. It can be used in the very early stages in a bath to prevent the infection from spreading. Bergamot is a known carminative useful in relieving colic & indigestion.  The most well known use for Bergamot Essential Oil is for the nervous system. It is known to be sedative but also uplifting and is one that is used for its antidepressant activity. 

Botany
Citrus bergamia is a small tree that blossoms during winter growing to 16ft. The leaves are dark-green ovate with fragrant star shaped flowers. The small fruit is picked while unripe and still green. The fruit is not edible because the pulp is too sour. Citrus bergamot is commercially grown in souther Calabria in southern Italy. 

Traditional Folklore
The Bergamot tree is said to have been brought by Columbus from the Canary Islands to the city of Berga, in the Province of Barcelona. Bergamot was an important remedy in Italian folk medicine as an antiseptic and febrifuge. Bergamot was an ingredient in the first, eau de toilette, in the 16th century and was well known for its perfumery

Energetics

Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities of Bergamot

Bergamot essential oil is great to use when we want to start anew. Bergamot wants us to succeed. Bergamot is cheering for us, helping to instill confidence in every ounce of our being.  Bergamot helps to clear out from our cells the "old" energy, helps us transform ourselves, recreate ourselves and regenerate. 

Recipes & Blends
Safety Etc.

Safety Information for Bergamot

Extremely Phototoxic - Please avoid direct sunlight or sun beds for 12 hours after applying Bergamot essential oil to the skin... Serious skin burning/damage can occur if Bergamot is used on the skin and then the skin is exposed to the sun or a tanning booth. Bergamot must not be applied to the skin undiluted nor undiluted in a bath.

Bergamot (FCF), which stands for "furocoumarin-free" is bergapten free and is not phototoxic. 

It may be used safely on the skin in a blend at no more than .4%... See Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand.

References

Tisserand & Young Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. Edinburg 2014 
Mojay, Gabriel. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT 1997
Battaglia, S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition.  Queensland, Aust. 2003

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