Bergamot Benefits

Latin Name

Citrus bergamia


Native to tropical Asia, also southern Italy and the Ivory coast, Africa

Parts Used

Fruit peel

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Bergamot has a wonderfully uplifting aroma, and it is used traditionally in Aromatherapy for depression, low self esteem, melancholy and anxiety. It is refreshing and invigorating. It is indicated as good for banishing stress and promoting confidence.

Bergamot essential oil can be used in the bath for uplifting the spirits and easing the mind of emotional anxiety or apathy, or it can be vapourised in an oil burner to create an uplifting and calming atmosphere. It can be added to a massage oil or cream and used as a emotionally nurturing body oil. It can clear and cleanse oily or problem skin including acne when applied to the skin in a face cream.

Top note

To soothe the pain of emotional loss or grief:
Bergamot, Sandalwood and Rose Otto

To clear oily skin:
Bergamot, Mandarin and Geranium

To uplift deression:
Bergamot, Neroli, Lavender, Geranium

To relieve anxiety and stress:
Bergamot, Ylang ylang, Sandalwood, Mandarin.

Refreshing & Fruity.

Typical Use

Bergamot essential oil can be used in the bath, or vapourised in an oil burner. It can be added to a massage oil or cream. Use 6-8 drops per bath and 10 -18 drops per 30ml of carrier oil.

Folklore and History

Bergamot is named after Bergamo in Italy where it is was first popularised and sold in the 16th century.


Esters as linalyl, monoterpenes aas limonene, a-terpinene, b-pinene, y-terpinene, alcohols as geraniol, linalool, lactones and fourocoumarins.


Bergamot is a photosensitive oil and should not be exposed on the skin to sunlight directly.