Bergamot: More than a tea

Bergamot: More than a tea

This is the oil is commonly known as the fragrance in Earl Grey tea, but it is a wonderful oil in its own right.

What I did not know for a long time is that this oil is related to the orange. It is! When you see the picture of the tree, it all makes sense. It looks like a small, green orange, doesn''t it? (Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the correct picture.)

It is best grown in Calabria, Italy, where the soil is perfect for this fruit. It is also grown in Argentina, Brazil, and Georgia, but the resulting oil is not nearly as good quality.

I would be really careful with this oil in the sun. It can be very phototoxic to the point where, if I understand this right, psoralen, extracted from bergamot, has been shown to be phytocancerous. Now, whether or not that translates directly to the essential oil, I don''t know, but it does make me feel like there is not harm in caution with this one.

Top uses are:

1. Great for confidence building. This is its main use in my house

2. For oily skin, to sooth and balance

3. As a deodorant. This is a great oil to use in a vaporizer, around the house. The scent in no way makes me think of tea, by the way.

Because this is one of the 4 main “orange” oils, I have included it on this page which goes through each of the 4 “orange” oils and explains their differences. You may want to check it out, if you are confused between them. By the way, the oils are neroli, mandarin, bergamot and orange. Return from Bergamot to Home


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