Bergamot flavoring

Spicy citrus unlike any other

Aromas: Orange Blossom, Sandalwood, Neroli, Citrus, Lime, Lemon Zest, Rind, Pith, Orange Bitters, Jasmine, camphor, pine, with a hint of creamy coconut.

FlavourArt’s Bergamot is not quite an orange, not quite a lime, not quite a lemon but somehow a blending of all three with a generous dose of woody, spicy notes with deep jasmine undertones and lighter neroli fragrance, along with the zing from the camphor and pine notes (though it does not taste taste like pine-needles.)

When you want a spicy citrus note rather than the typical citrus notes this is the flavor to go for.  It is one of the essential ingredients to Earl Grey tea and works beautifully in Chai flavors as well.  It is a delightful addition to tobaccos, as well as bakery flavors and as an accompanying flavor in fruit blends that gives them just a little something extra and different.

So if you haven’t given this flavor a try, I would recommend picking up a 10ml of it to give it a try.

Recommended percentages:
Backnote flavor – 0.08% – 0.15%

Supporting flavor – 0.20% – 0.45%

Secondary Flavor – 0.35% – 0.65%

Main Flavor – 0.5% – 1.5%

Maximum percentage before it goes weird and too perfumy 2.5% (for me as a sensitive taster.)

A luxury citrus, elegant taste, a must try.

Suggested percentage 2-3%

Recipe 1 — Simple Earl Grey Tea

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Earl Grey tea leaves

A cup of the brewed tea

Earl Grey tea is a tea blend which has been flavoured with the addition of oil of bergamot. Bergamot is a variety of orange that is often grown in Italy and France. The rind’s fragrant oil is added to Black tea to give Earl Grey its signature pungent punch. Traditionally, “Earl Grey” was made from black teas, but tea companies have since begun to offer Earl Grey in other varieties as well, such as green or oolong.

History

Tea flavoured with bergamot, which was used to imitate the more expensive types of Chinese tea, has been known in England since at least the 1820s. In 1837 there is a record of court proceedings against Brocksop & Co. who were found to have supplied tea “artificially scented, and, drugged with bergamot in this country.” A “Grey’s Tea” is known from the 1850s, but the first known published references to an “Earl Grey” tea are advertisements by Charlton & Co. of Jermyn Street in London in the 1880s.

The Earl Grey blend, or “Earl Grey’s Mixture”, is assumed to be named after Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister in the 1830s and author of the Reform Bill of 1832. He reputedly received a gift, probably a diplomatic perquisite, of tea flavoured with bergamot oil.

According to one legend, a grateful Chinese mandarin whose son was rescued from drowning by one of Lord Grey’s men first presented the blend to the Earl in 1803. The tale appears to be apocryphal, as Lord Grey never set foot in China and the use of bergamot oil to scent tea was then unknown in China. However, this tale is subsequently told (and slightly corrected) on the Twinings website, as “having been presented by an envoy on his return from China”.

Jacksons of Piccadilly claim they originated Earl Grey’s Tea, Lord Grey having given the recipe to Robert Jackson & Co. partner George Charlton in 1830. According to Jacksons, the original recipe has been in constant production and has never left their hands. Theirs has been based on Chinese black tea since the beginning.

According to the Grey family, the tea was specially blended by a Chinese mandarin-speaking individual for Lord Grey, to suit the water at Howick Hall, the family seat in Northumberland, using bergamot in particular to offset the preponderance of lime in the local water. Lady Grey used it to entertain in London as a political hostess, and it proved so popular that she was asked if it could be sold to others, which is how Twinings came to market it as a brand.

A 2010 survey found that a significant minority of people in the United Kingdom associate drinking Earl Grey tea with being “posh” or upper class.

Preparation and variations

“Earl Grey” as applied to tea is not a registered trademark, and numerous tea companies produce their own versions of Earl Grey tea, using a wide variety of tea leaves and additives.

Bergamot orange (Citrus bergamia) is a small citrus tree which blossoms during the winter and is grown commercially in Calabria, Italy. It is probably a hybrid of Citrus limetta (sweet lime) and Citrus aurantium (bitter orange).

  • There are different varieties of a tea known as Lady Grey; the two most common kinds (Cornflower Lady Grey and Citrus Lady Grey), which combine Earl Grey tea with Cornflower and Seville oranges, respectively. “Lady Grey” is a trademark of Twinings.
  • A beverage called “London Fog” is a combination of Earl Grey, steamed milk and vanilla syrup.
  • There are variations available including such ingredients as jasmine, as well as various flowers. A blend with added rose petals is known as French Earl Grey.
  • A variety called Russian Earl Grey often contains ingredients such as citrus peels and lemon grass in addition to the usual black tea and bergamot.
  • Also, several companies make a tea called Earl Grey Green or “Earl Green” tea, combining green tea leaves rather than the traditional black tea leaves with bergamot flavouring. A similar variation called Earl Grey White or “Earl White” tea combines white tea leaves with bergamot flavouring.
  • Rooibos Earl Grey is a variation using this South African herbal tea as a substitute for the conventional form made with black tea.

Twinings reformulation

Twinings reformulated their Earl Grey tea in April 2011, claiming to have added “an extra hint of bergamot and citrus”. The overwhelmingly negative comments on the Web site were picked up by the press, who drew attention to the establishment of a related protest group on Facebook.

Use as a flavouring

Earl Grey tea is used as a flavouring for many types of cakes and confectionery, such as chocolates, as well as savoury sauces. For sauces, the flavour is normally created by adding tea bags to the basic stock, boiling for a few minutes and then discarding the bags. For sweet recipes, loose tea is often added to melted butter or hot cream and strained after the flavour is infused.

Alcoholic preparations

There is a considerable history of Earl Grey tea being used as a drink mixer, in particular for gin, within the British Isles, somewhat similar in principle to the Irish coffee, though this is seldom practised today. During the later 19th century, poorer working class households began to combine the drinks as a minimum proof alcohol volume began to be meaningfully applied, following an 1855 revision to the Weights and Measures Act, to the relatively inexpensive spirit, making it unpalatable when taken neat. Being somewhat similarly flavoured, the two made for an affordable and pleasant pairing, in addition to which the necessary boiling during preparation plus its proof alcohol level helped disarm water-borne contaminants, then a significant public health risk. The drink became associated briefly with middle-class – particularly, female – alcoholism during the interwar years of the 20th century; it was during this time that the preparation was first referred to as a “Moseley Tea Service”, after the wealthy area of Birmingham. Although the drink was never to achieve the ubiquity of the Irish coffee, it continues like many retro cocktails to be offered as a niche item in some contemporary bars and restaurants.

Toxicology

In several studies, application of high concentrations of some brands of bergamot oil directly to the skin was shown to increase redness after exposure to ultraviolet light; however, this should not apply to ordinary oral consumption of Earl Grey tea. Bergamot is a source of bergamottin which, along with the chemically related compound 6′,7′-dihydroxybergamottin, is known to be responsible for grapefruit–drug interactions in which the consumption of the juice affects the metabolism of a variety of pharmaceutical drugs.

In one case study, a patient who consumed four litres of Earl Grey tea per day reported muscle cramps, which were attributed to the function of the bergapten in bergamot oil as a potassium channel blocker. The symptoms subsided upon reducing his consumption of Earl Grey tea to one litre per day.

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External links

  • Tending Toward Tea – an Earl Grey tea review site
  • California Tea House – why it’s called Earl Grey?

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The health benefits of Bergamot essential oil can be attributed to its properties as a deodorant, vulnerary, vermifuge, antibiotic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, sedative, analgesic, antidepressant, disinfectant, febrifuge, cicatrizant, and a digestive substance.

What is Bergamot Essential Oil?

Bergamot is a citrus fruit whose rind is used for extracting the bergamot essential oil. The scientific name of bergamot is Citrus aurantium var. or Citrus bergamia. It is a tropical plant but thrives in Europe as well. Its powerful aroma makes it a popular component in many perfumes, and it is often used as the “top note”. It is derived from cold compression, opposed to the steam distillation of many other essential oils. One of the most common applications that you may not be aware of is its use in black tea preparation. The inclusion of bergamot essential oil in regular black tea is then given a different name – Earl Gray!

The chemical composition of this oil includes alpha-pinene, alpha bergapten, alpha-terpineol, limonene, linalool, linalyl acetate, nerol, neryl acetate, beta bisabolene, geraniol, geraniol acetate, and myrcene.

Health Benefits of Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot oil has a very sweet smell and a number of medicinal and industrial uses due to its properties. Explore its health benefits below.

Improves Blood Circulation

The components of bergamot oil, like alpha-pinene, and limonene, are antidepressant and stimulating in nature. They create a feeling of freshness, joy, and energy in cases of sadness and depression by improving the circulation of the blood. They also stimulate hormonal secretions, thereby helping to maintain proper metabolic rates. This stimulating effect also increases the secretion of digestive juices, bile, and insulin. This aids in digestion, proper absorption of nutrients, assimilation, and decomposition of sugar and the resultant lowering of blood sugar. The hormonal impact of this essential oil is part of the reason that it is so powerful on these neurological and mental conditions.

Prevents Infections

Certain components of the essential oil of bergamot are antibiotic and disinfectant in nature. They inhibit the growth of germs, virus, and fungi. They also effectively prohibit infections, including those of the skin. If regularly used with bathing water or in soaps (it is already used extensively in skin care soaps), the skin and hair remain protected from infections and become shiny. It also cures infections in the colon, intestines, urinary tract, and kidneys.

Reduces Pain

Bergamot essential oil reduces the feeling of pain in the body. It stimulates secretion of certain hormones which lessen the sensitivity of nerves to pain. Therefore, it is very helpful in case of headaches, sprains, muscle aches or any other symptoms/ailments which require a heavy dosage of analgesic pills. This means that you can avoid the dangerous side effects of many over the counter pain medicines, which often have adverse side effects and can damage your liver and kidneys, as well as cause blood thinning and insomnia.

Relaxant & Sedative

The flavonoids present in bergamot oil are very good relaxants as well. They soothe the nerves and reduce nervous tension, anxiety, and stress, all of which can help cure ailments associated with stress such as high blood pressure, insomnia, and depression. They can also stimulate the activity of certain hormones in the body, which induce feelings of relaxation and sedation, like dopamine and serotonin.

Aids in Digestion

As discussed above, bergamot essential oil activates and increases secretions of the digestive acids, enzymes, and bile facilitating digestion. It also synchronizes and regulates the peristaltic motion of the intestines and in this way, it quickens the digestive process and reduces strain to the intestinal tract. In this way, this essential oil can reduce constipation, make bowel movements regular, and prevent gastrointestinal complications like colorectal cancer.

Skin Care

This property of bergamot oil is the reason behind its extensive use in cosmetics and skin care products such as beauty soaps, creams, and lotions. Cicatrisant in bergamot helps heal scars and other marks on the skin. It also makes the distribution of pigments and melanin uniform, resulting in the fading away of marks and an even, attractive skin tone. This essential oil is commonly used to eliminate the unsightly effects of acne, which can leave noticeable scars on the affected areas for many years.

Eliminates Bad Odor

This property of bergamot oil is popular among the younger generation who is always trying new deodorants, searching for something refreshing and natural. This essential oil is an excellent deodorant. The refreshing aroma and disinfectant properties of bergamot oil inhibit the growth of germs causing body-odor. This makes it an effective and attractive delivery system as a deodorant. Citrus smells are very powerful and can overcome or eliminate many other odors, which is why this oil is also used in room fresheners and sprays.

Reduces Fever

A febrifuge is a substance that reduces fever and lowers body temperature. Bergamot is a good febrifuge for a number of reasons. First of all, as an antibiotic, it fights infections that arise from viruses, bacteria, and protozoa that cause fever, including influenza (virus), malaria (protozoa), and typhoid (typhus bacteria). Secondly, it stimulates the metabolic system and gland secretions, thereby providing a feeling of warmth and resulting in additional secretion (perspiration or sweat) from the eccrine glands (sweat glands) and sebaceous (sebum) glands, thus reducing body temperature. This can also reduce the toxicity of the body through perspiration, and clean out the glands and pores of any foreign toxins that can result in a variety of skin conditions.

Kills Germs

It kills worms, and it is a subtle and fragrant choice for children who have contracted worms. It can also be applied to unhealthy, infected teeth or used as a mouthwash to kill oral germs and protect teeth from the development of cavities. Intestinal worms can result in malnourishment and other serious deficiencies including various forms of anemia. Therefore, eliminating these worms, particularly in growing children, is a very important application of bergamot essential oil.

Relieves Spasms

It relaxes nerves and muscles, thereby giving quick relief for cramps, convulsions, and painful muscle contractions. This can also be important for people with chronic coughing, respiratory conditions or asthma, which is similar to a spasmodic reaction.

Speeds-up Healing

The same disinfectant and antibiotic properties of bergamot oil make it a good antiseptic agent too. It not only promotes fast healing of wounds, cracks in the skin and heels, ulcers, eczema, and itching but also protects wounds from becoming septic and developing deadly tetanus. It also treats and heals the effects of other infections and inhibits the formation of new ones.

Other Benefits

Bergamot essential oil is a tonic, which means that it tones up the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, excretory, and nervous system, as well as skin and muscles. It is also anti-congestive and is used in vaporizers to relieve congestion and respiratory problems, particularly during coughs and colds. It works as an expectorant to loosen up phlegm and mucus in the respiratory tracts and helps the body to eliminate it through natural avenues like sneezing and coughs, thereby eliminating some of the germs and toxins that caused the condition in the first place.

Although research has been limited on some of these issues, the respiratory and digestive effects of bergamot essential oil may be even more extensive than originally thought. Ongoing studies show that application of this essential oil may be able to eliminate the formation of gallstones and protect against colic, halitosis, bronchitis, and diphtheria.

Word of Caution: Bergamot oil must be protected from sunlight, because of bergapten, one of its components becomes poisonous if exposed to sunlight. That is why the oil should always be stored in dark bottles and dark places. Exposure to sunlight should even be avoided after it is applied to the skin, at least until it gets absorbed into your skin.

Blending: Bergamot oil blends with Clary Sage, Frankincense, Mandarin, Jasmine, Black Pepper, Cypress, Geranium, Nutmeg, Sandalwood, Orange, Rosemary, Vetiver and Ylang-Ylang Oil. It is particularly complementary with other citrus oils.

Bergamot Essential Oil FAQs

What is Bergamot?

Bergamot is the name of a tree, which has the scientific name Citrus bergamia. Interestingly enough, this tree is the result of a cross between a lemon tree and an orange tree. Most people seek out bergamot for the fruit or the essential oil, both of which are packed with beneficial nutrients. You can also find bergamot oranges in grocery stores around the world.

What does Bergamot smell like?

Bergamot has a very interesting scent, which is citrus in its base notes. There is also a strange spiciness to it, which has made it quite popular for perfume producers. It has been found to blend very well with a number of other perfume base notes, so you will often see it mixed with sandalwood, jasmine, and rosemary. The fruit and the oil both have very strong scents and are highly recognizable.

What is Bergamot Essential Oil?

Bergamot oil is the essential oil of the bergamot tree. Bergamot oil can be accessed through cold-pressing and is highly sought after around the world, due to its numerous health benefits. Bergamot oil can help to speed up the healing process with wounds and is also connected to boosting the immune system and protecting it from infections.

How to use Bergamot Essential Oil?

You can use bergamot essential oil in a number of useful and creative ways, including as a topical spread on the skin while showering, as the scent is magnified. It can also help to soothe inflammation and promote healthy skin. Some people choose to use bergamot oil as an air freshener or in a diffuser to fill the room with a pleasant odor. Others add a drop or two of their tea and even apply it directly to their stomach to promote healthy digestion.

What is Bergamot Essential Oil used for?

Bergamot oil is used as an air freshener or an aromatherapy tool, but it is also commonly used in the body or on the skin, due to its therapeutic applications. If you have rough or irritated skin, bergamot essential oil can help to clear up the inflammation. It can settle the stomach if added to tea or meals and can help release tension when used as a massage oil. Some people also mix a few drops of this oil in their skincare and shower products.

What is Bergamot Good for?

Bergamot is particularly good for relieving stress and anxiety, both due to its aroma and the qualities that the oil has. It can be used in massage and rubbed into the temples to relieve headaches; some people choose to put a few drops in their tea to enjoy the relaxing effects. Bergamot oil is also good for lowering depression and bringing an uplifting aura to the air, which is why it is so popular in diffusers.

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The health benefits of Bergamot essential oil can be attributed to its properties as a deodorant, vulnerary, vermifuge, antibiotic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, sedative, analgesic, antidepressant, disinfectant, febrifuge, cicatrizant, and a digestive substance.

What is Bergamot Essential Oil?

Bergamot is a citrus fruit whose rind is used for extracting the bergamot essential oil. The scientific name of bergamot is Citrus aurantium var. or Citrus bergamia. It is a tropical plant but thrives in Europe as well. Its powerful aroma makes it a popular component in many perfumes, and it is often used as the “top note”. It is derived from cold compression, opposed to the steam distillation of many other essential oils. One of the most common applications that you may not be aware of is its use in black tea preparation. The inclusion of bergamot essential oil in regular black tea is then given a different name – Earl Gray!

The chemical composition of this oil includes alpha-pinene, alpha bergapten, alpha-terpineol, limonene, linalool, linalyl acetate, nerol, neryl acetate, beta bisabolene, geraniol, geraniol acetate, and myrcene.

Health Benefits of Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot oil has a very sweet smell and a number of medicinal and industrial uses due to its properties. Explore its health benefits below.

Improves Blood Circulation

The components of bergamot oil, like alpha-pinene, and limonene, are antidepressant and stimulating in nature. They create a feeling of freshness, joy, and energy in cases of sadness and depression by improving the circulation of the blood. They also stimulate hormonal secretions, thereby helping to maintain proper metabolic rates. This stimulating effect also increases the secretion of digestive juices, bile, and insulin. This aids in digestion, proper absorption of nutrients, assimilation, and decomposition of sugar and the resultant lowering of blood sugar. The hormonal impact of this essential oil is part of the reason that it is so powerful on these neurological and mental conditions.

Prevents Infections

Certain components of the essential oil of bergamot are antibiotic and disinfectant in nature. They inhibit the growth of germs, virus, and fungi. They also effectively prohibit infections, including those of the skin. If regularly used with bathing water or in soaps (it is already used extensively in skin care soaps), the skin and hair remain protected from infections and become shiny. It also cures infections in the colon, intestines, urinary tract, and kidneys.

Reduces Pain

Bergamot essential oil reduces the feeling of pain in the body. It stimulates secretion of certain hormones which lessen the sensitivity of nerves to pain. Therefore, it is very helpful in case of headaches, sprains, muscle aches or any other symptoms/ailments which require a heavy dosage of analgesic pills. This means that you can avoid the dangerous side effects of many over the counter pain medicines, which often have adverse side effects and can damage your liver and kidneys, as well as cause blood thinning and insomnia.

Relaxant & Sedative

The flavonoids present in bergamot oil are very good relaxants as well. They soothe the nerves and reduce nervous tension, anxiety, and stress, all of which can help cure ailments associated with stress such as high blood pressure, insomnia, and depression. They can also stimulate the activity of certain hormones in the body, which induce feelings of relaxation and sedation, like dopamine and serotonin.

Aids in Digestion

As discussed above, bergamot essential oil activates and increases secretions of the digestive acids, enzymes, and bile facilitating digestion. It also synchronizes and regulates the peristaltic motion of the intestines and in this way, it quickens the digestive process and reduces strain to the intestinal tract. In this way, this essential oil can reduce constipation, make bowel movements regular, and prevent gastrointestinal complications like colorectal cancer.

Skin Care

This property of bergamot oil is the reason behind its extensive use in cosmetics and skin care products such as beauty soaps, creams, and lotions. Cicatrisant in bergamot helps heal scars and other marks on the skin. It also makes the distribution of pigments and melanin uniform, resulting in the fading away of marks and an even, attractive skin tone. This essential oil is commonly used to eliminate the unsightly effects of acne, which can leave noticeable scars on the affected areas for many years.

Eliminates Bad Odor

This property of bergamot oil is popular among the younger generation who is always trying new deodorants, searching for something refreshing and natural. This essential oil is an excellent deodorant. The refreshing aroma and disinfectant properties of bergamot oil inhibit the growth of germs causing body-odor. This makes it an effective and attractive delivery system as a deodorant. Citrus smells are very powerful and can overcome or eliminate many other odors, which is why this oil is also used in room fresheners and sprays.

Reduces Fever

A febrifuge is a substance that reduces fever and lowers body temperature. Bergamot is a good febrifuge for a number of reasons. First of all, as an antibiotic, it fights infections that arise from viruses, bacteria, and protozoa that cause fever, including influenza (virus), malaria (protozoa), and typhoid (typhus bacteria). Secondly, it stimulates the metabolic system and gland secretions, thereby providing a feeling of warmth and resulting in additional secretion (perspiration or sweat) from the eccrine glands (sweat glands) and sebaceous (sebum) glands, thus reducing body temperature. This can also reduce the toxicity of the body through perspiration, and clean out the glands and pores of any foreign toxins that can result in a variety of skin conditions.

Kills Germs

It kills worms, and it is a subtle and fragrant choice for children who have contracted worms. It can also be applied to unhealthy, infected teeth or used as a mouthwash to kill oral germs and protect teeth from the development of cavities. Intestinal worms can result in malnourishment and other serious deficiencies including various forms of anemia. Therefore, eliminating these worms, particularly in growing children, is a very important application of bergamot essential oil.

Relieves Spasms

It relaxes nerves and muscles, thereby giving quick relief for cramps, convulsions, and painful muscle contractions. This can also be important for people with chronic coughing, respiratory conditions or asthma, which is similar to a spasmodic reaction.

Speeds-up Healing

The same disinfectant and antibiotic properties of bergamot oil make it a good antiseptic agent too. It not only promotes fast healing of wounds, cracks in the skin and heels, ulcers, eczema, and itching but also protects wounds from becoming septic and developing deadly tetanus. It also treats and heals the effects of other infections and inhibits the formation of new ones.

Other Benefits

Bergamot essential oil is a tonic, which means that it tones up the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, excretory, and nervous system, as well as skin and muscles. It is also anti-congestive and is used in vaporizers to relieve congestion and respiratory problems, particularly during coughs and colds. It works as an expectorant to loosen up phlegm and mucus in the respiratory tracts and helps the body to eliminate it through natural avenues like sneezing and coughs, thereby eliminating some of the germs and toxins that caused the condition in the first place.

Although research has been limited on some of these issues, the respiratory and digestive effects of bergamot essential oil may be even more extensive than originally thought. Ongoing studies show that application of this essential oil may be able to eliminate the formation of gallstones and protect against colic, halitosis, bronchitis, and diphtheria.

Word of Caution: Bergamot oil must be protected from sunlight, because of bergapten, one of its components becomes poisonous if exposed to sunlight. That is why the oil should always be stored in dark bottles and dark places. Exposure to sunlight should even be avoided after it is applied to the skin, at least until it gets absorbed into your skin.

Blending: Bergamot oil blends with Clary Sage, Frankincense, Mandarin, Jasmine, Black Pepper, Cypress, Geranium, Nutmeg, Sandalwood, Orange, Rosemary, Vetiver and Ylang-Ylang Oil. It is particularly complementary with other citrus oils.

Bergamot Essential Oil FAQs

What is Bergamot?

Bergamot is the name of a tree, which has the scientific name Citrus bergamia. Interestingly enough, this tree is the result of a cross between a lemon tree and an orange tree. Most people seek out bergamot for the fruit or the essential oil, both of which are packed with beneficial nutrients. You can also find bergamot oranges in grocery stores around the world.

What does Bergamot smell like?

Bergamot has a very interesting scent, which is citrus in its base notes. There is also a strange spiciness to it, which has made it quite popular for perfume producers. It has been found to blend very well with a number of other perfume base notes, so you will often see it mixed with sandalwood, jasmine, and rosemary. The fruit and the oil both have very strong scents and are highly recognizable.

What is Bergamot Essential Oil?

Bergamot oil is the essential oil of the bergamot tree. Bergamot oil can be accessed through cold-pressing and is highly sought after around the world, due to its numerous health benefits. Bergamot oil can help to speed up the healing process with wounds and is also connected to boosting the immune system and protecting it from infections.

How to use Bergamot Essential Oil?

You can use bergamot essential oil in a number of useful and creative ways, including as a topical spread on the skin while showering, as the scent is magnified. It can also help to soothe inflammation and promote healthy skin. Some people choose to use bergamot oil as an air freshener or in a diffuser to fill the room with a pleasant odor. Others add a drop or two of their tea and even apply it directly to their stomach to promote healthy digestion.

What is Bergamot Essential Oil used for?

Bergamot oil is used as an air freshener or an aromatherapy tool, but it is also commonly used in the body or on the skin, due to its therapeutic applications. If you have rough or irritated skin, bergamot essential oil can help to clear up the inflammation. It can settle the stomach if added to tea or meals and can help release tension when used as a massage oil. Some people also mix a few drops of this oil in their skincare and shower products.

What is Bergamot Good for?

Bergamot is particularly good for relieving stress and anxiety, both due to its aroma and the qualities that the oil has. It can be used in massage and rubbed into the temples to relieve headaches; some people choose to put a few drops in their tea to enjoy the relaxing effects. Bergamot oil is also good for lowering depression and bringing an uplifting aura to the air, which is why it is so popular in diffusers.

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