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Essential Oil Profile : Bergamot

3503Scientific Name: Citrus bergamia

Therapeutic Actions: analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-spasmodic, stomachic, calmative, cicatrisant, deodorant, digestive, febrifuge, vermifuge and vulnerary

Part Used: The rind of both ripe and unripe fruit is used to extract the oil by expression

History: Although a native of tropical Asia, Bergamot is now extensively cultivated in the southern part of Italy where the Italians have used it in folk medicine for years, particularly for fevers. The name is derived from the city Bergamo in Lombardy, Italy, where the oil was first sold. Bergamot is one of the most widely used oils in the perfumery and toiletry industry and it is even used to flavor Earl Grey tea.

Contraindications: Bergamot essential oil is phototoxic, meaning when used topically and exposed to the sun, skin is more sensitive and potentially burn. Phototoxicity is due to the high content of bergaptene. When using bergamot essential oil topically do not expose that area to sunlight for 12-14 hours after application.

Compounds: Bergamot is composed of various chemical constituents and includes a-pinene, myrcene, limonene, a-bergaptene, b-bisabolene, linalool, linalyl acetate, nerol, neryl acetate, geraniol, geraniol acetate and a-terpineol.

Pharmacology: Bergamot oil can be used in the treatment of depression, anxiety or fear; stress and tension; infections including acne, abscesses and boils; skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and just plain itchy skin; loss of appetite and anorexia; helps combat oily skin and can reduce halitosis.

Drug Interactions: For those taking pharmaceuticals that already cause photosensitivity please use extreme caution when using bergamot topically. These drugs include (but are not limited to) Elavil, Cipro, Noroxin, Maxaquin, Floxin, Levaquin, Zagam, Tequin, Avelox, Septra, Trisoralen.

Additional Information: Bergamot might lower blood sugar levels. This could affect blood sugar control for individuals with diabetes. Please take care to monitor your blood sugar closely if taking bergamot internally.

Blends Well With: bergamot oil goes particularly well with black pepper, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, mandarin, nutmeg, orange, rosemary, sandalwood, vetiver and ylang-ylang.



********WARNING: The following information is provided to you for a more natural approach to common, everyday ailments.  This information should not replace your primary care physician and as with starting any new medication regiment, please discuss with your doctor.   It is always safest to perform a skin patch test prior to implementing new remedies to be sure you are not allergic. This information is not imparted  to determine dietary changes, provide course of treatment, prescribe as medication or diagnose any diseases/syndromes/conditions/disorders.  Please carefully research new recipes and ideas before implementing. ********

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