Bergamot

Latin:  Citrus bergamia

Family:   Rutaceae

Parts Used:  Leaves, flowers

Taste/Energetics:  Sour, cooling

Properties:  Antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti fungal, vulnerary, analgesic, anxiolytic, antidepressant, diaphoretic, immunostimulating, antispasmodic, carminative

Actions:  This citrus fruit is well known for its use in Earl Grey teas and its wide application in aromatherapy.  As you can see from its properties, it can be widely used for many things.  In terms of physical health it is used to improve digestion, to reduce headaches, to induce a sweat at the start of a cold and can be used to promote wound healing.

In terms of mental health, bergamot is known for having a relaxing effect, reducing anxiety, nervous tension and the symptoms of insomnia.  Bergamot also has an analgesic and antispasmodic quality that is useful for headaches, muscle tension, cramping and restless legs. Bergamot is used primarily as an essential oil in aromatherapy applications.

Dose: Used in essential oil/hydrosol in sprays, bath salts and massage oils.  5 drops essential oil in 10 ml of carrier oil.

Contraindications:  Standard essential oil cautions