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Scent in Focus: Bergamot

Bergamot Essential Oil is part of the large range of citrus essential oil. It is extracted from the peel of the bergamot orange, a native fruit typically grown in Italy. Citrus Oils like Bergamot essential oil are known for their uplifting and happy scent. But there is so much more to this Italian native!

Bergamot is known for its pleasant, citrusy aroma with subtle floral undertones. It is also rich in linalyl acetate and linalool which are known for their calming and sedative effects. Bergamot is often used in perfumes and blends well with Lime to provide an uplifting, stress-fighting combination. Here are some other key points about bergamot essential oil:

  1. Aromatic Properties: Bergamot oil has a refreshing and uplifting scent, often described as citrusy, sweet, and slightly spicy. Its aroma is commonly used in perfumes, soaps, and cosmetics.

  2. Therapeutic Uses: Bergamot oil is believed to have several therapeutic properties, including being an antidepressant, antiseptic, analgesic, and digestive aid. It is also used in aromatherapy to promote relaxation and reduce stress.

  3. Emotional Benefits: Many people find the aroma of bergamot oil uplifting and mood-enhancing. It is often used to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress. Its scent is believed to have a balancing effect on emotions.

  4. Skincare and Beauty: Bergamot oil is a popular ingredient in skincare and beauty products due to its cleansing and purifying properties. It is used in creams, lotions, and soaps to help with oily or blemished skin, as well as to promote a clear complexion.

  5. Flavouring Agent: Bergamot oil is also used as a flavouring agent in certain food and beverage products. It is a key ingredient in Earl Grey tea, adding its distinctive citrusy flavour.

  6. Safety Precautions: While bergamot essential oil has numerous benefits, it is important to note that it contains a chemical compound called bergapten, which can make the skin more sensitive to sunlight. This can increase the risk of sunburn or skin damage. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid excessive sun exposure when using bergamot oil topically.

As with any essential oil, particularly citrus-based oils, it is recommended to dilute bergamot oil before applying it to the skin and to perform a patch test to check for any adverse reactions. This is because several citrus-based essential oils, including Bergamot, are photosensitizers. With photosensitizers, direct or incorrect application followed by exposure to the sun could lead to skin damage such as redness, itching or skin discolouration. Check the appropriate dermal limits when blending for skin use.

It is also advisable to consult a qualified aromatherapist or healthcare professional for guidance on safe and appropriate use.

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