Bergamot’s unique citrus and sweet scent is known for its calming properties. Pressed from the rind of the fruit, Bergamot affects the digestive system, emotional balance, and promotes healthy and clear skin. Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, and Ylang Ylang are perfect compliments to Bergamot.
Diffusing Bergamot, or applying directly to hands and inhaling, may help to relieve anxiety, depression, stress, tension, and irritability due to PMS in addition to being uplifting and refreshing. Avoid using on children under the age of six. In cases of colic, diluting 1-2 drops of Bergamot in 2 tbsp fractionated coconut oil and massaging a small amount gently onto stomach and back can relieve symptoms. If taken orally, dilute one drop of oil in 1 tsp of honey or 120 mL of water.
Bergamot can be used topically to treat Arthritis by applying directly to affected area with a warm compress. Adding 5-10 drops of oil to fractionated coconut oil can be used as massage oil. Adding it to shower gel and applying to skin will energize and adding it to bath salts before dissolving in a warm bath for 10-20 minutes will relieve stress. stay out of direct sunlight or ultraviolet light for up to 72 hours after applied topically to the forehead, temples, reflex points, and/or directly on area of concern. Note: using Bergamot too frequently can result in extreme contact sensitization.
Diffusing, inhaling directly or applying to hands, then inhaling, will assuage anxiety or irritability with PMS, as well as create an energy boost physically. Colic can be treated massaging a small amount diluting 1-2 drops of Bergamot in 2 Tbsp of fractionated coconut oil. To use in massage, add 5-10 drops to fractionated coconut oil. Add to shower gel and apply or bath salts and soak for 10-20 minutes.
In addition to the above, the French have used this to reduce agitation, indigestion, infection, inflammation, stress, insomnia, intestinal parasites, and increase appetite.