Italy, France, Guinea, Ivory Coast
Method of extraction:
Steam distillation or cold-pressed
Color of Oil:
Fruit peel (skin)
Citrus and floral
Blends well with:
All citrus oils, black pepper, chamomile, clary sage, coriander, cypress, frankincense, geranium, helichrysum, jasmine, juniper berry, lavender, lemon balm, neroli, nutmeg, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang
Bergamot has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory properties. It’s calming and can help to relieve muscle aches. It is therefore a good addition to massage oils. In facial skincare, it is often added to combat oiliness and acne. It has a good odor-fighting aroma and is often added to room fresheners.
Some bergamot essential oils are extracted via cold press. Read your labels carefully because the cold-pressed bergamot oil is very phototoxic. Better yet, try to buy the bergapten-free bergamot oil. It is the bergapten that makes the oil so phototoxic. Otherwise, stay out of direct sunlight for at least 24 hours after applying any topical treatment containing bergamot essential oil.
(Source - Tisserand and Young, Essential Oil Safety, Second edition page 211 - 214)
Approximate shelf life:
5 years (refrigerated)
Please refer to the 'References and Certifications' page.
Do not use any essential oils or essential oil blends if you have any underlying health conditions. Some oils are not safe for children, pregnant women, or pets. Always check with your doctor or certified aromatherapist, if you are unsure about the benefits or contra-indicators of a recipe or its ingredients. ‘A Scented Story’ is solely my platform to share my experiences with essential oils and other natural products. I do not prescribe any treatments.