Lesson 5: Essential Oil – Bergamot

(Citrus bergamia)

Leiann’s Video

Brenda’s Video

You Tube Video

Reading Assignment

Foundational Aromatherapy, pages 65-66


annonBergamot oil carries a light citrus scent. Many times this oil is used as a stand-alone
oil, or as an ingredient in various teas, for a wide range of digestive issues, urinary tract
related infections, cuts and scars, spasms, and for stimulation of various internal
organs. Many people consider this oil as one of their favorite oils to use for emotional
support in issues such as; anxiety, depression, PMS and various female/male mental
related needs.

Safety Notes

➢ Phototoxic—avoid direct exposure to the sun or tanning booths for 12 hours after use on skin

Tried and True Uses

✓ When misted or diffused it is effective in neutralizing the smell of smoke and other odors.

✓ Placing 1 drop diluted with 2-3 drops of carrier oil on the front of the neck helps ease thyroid symptoms.

✓ Inhale aroma from a drop in the palm of the hand to assist in emotional balance and support     a feeling of being grounded.

✓ When used in a tea especially green tea, it is a highly effective anti-inflammatory.

✓ Adds delicious flavor to foods such as fruit salad and lemonade. (use 1 drop)

✓ Put 1 drop in a small glass of water for a gargle and mouthwash.

How Do I Use It?

SOAK IN THE TUB – Mix 3-5 drops in 3/4 cup of unscented Dead Sea Salts, milk, powdered milk, or coconut milk. Swish in bath and soak for 20 minutes.

IT’S IN THE AIR – diffuse 10-12 drops for 15 minutes every two hours during the day.

BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT – Inhale 3-4 times a day from bottle lid. Or put 1-2 drops on tissue or cotton ball. Inhale directly or put in pillow case. Or 1-2 drops in palm of hands, rub together, cup hands over mouth and nose without touching face  and inhale.Or 1-2 drops in palm of hands, rub together, cup hands over mouth and nose without touching face, and inhale.

SPRITZ AND SPRAY -Mix 10 drops in 1 ounce of filtered or distilled water.  Shake well before each use, misting lightly, close eyes when misting face.

TEA TIME – 1 drop in a 1⁄2 tsp of sweetener, stir in to cup of warm water.

RUB IT IN -Add 2-3 drops to a carrier oil or lotion, massage gently on area needing support or relief.

PUT IT ON -1-2 drops on bottom of feet. For thyroid use 1 drop in lotion and gently apply to front of neck.


  • Jasmine
  • Frankincense
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Cypress & Bay Laurel
  • Analgesic – relieves pain
  • Antidepressant – alleviates depression
  • Antidiarrheal – counteracts diarrhea
  • Anti-inflammatory – relieves inflammation
  • Antipyretic – dispels heat, fire, and fever
  • Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs and infections
  • Antiviral – inhibits or destroys viruses
  • Antitussive – relieves coughing
  • Carminative – relieves intestinal gas pain
  • Deodorant – prevents body odor
  • Diuretic – increases urine production, rids excess fluid
  • Sedative – (to the central nervous system) tranquilizes activity of body part.
  • Toner – nourishing, supportive, strengthening
  • Vermicide – destroys worms
  • Vulnerary – heals wounds
Key Emotions:

Rectifying, Integrity, Supportive, Protective, and Restorative

Key Body Systems:

Nervous, Respiratory, Endocrine, Lymphatic, and Circulatory

Technical Data: 

bergamot 2BOTANICAL NAME: Citrus bergamia

WHERE GROWN: Africa, Brazil, Southern Italy

AROMA: citrus, floral, sweet


EXTRACTION METHOD: cold pressing


Main Chemical Families: 

MONOTERPENES-decongestive to the muscular and respiratory systems,
warming, antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, air purifier

MONOTERPHRNOLS-prevents infections, immune stimulant, emotional balancer, healing to the skin,nervous system sedative, emotionally uplifting, stress relieving, anti-infectious, antispasmodic (especially for digestive cramping), healing to the skin

ESTERS-nervous system sedative, emotionally uplifting, stress
relieving, anti-infectious, antispasmodic (especially for
digestive cramping), healing to the skin

Botanical Family: 

RUTACEAE- good for digestion and beneficial to skin

User Experience

My mom had SEVERE psoriasis her entire life, and the itching had driven her crazy for years. We mixed Lavender, Ravensara,  Bergamot and Tea Tree oils in a mister for her. Today when she started to feel itchy,  she grabbed it and sprayed and felt relief within seconds—seconds I tell you!!!

Joanne H.


*DISCLAIMER: This information is provided for educational purposes only, not to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition, or prescribe in any way. The data presented here may not be complete or fully accurate. As with all essential oils, do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner.

*SAFETY WARNING: If applying an essential oil to skin, always perform a small patch test by properly diluting the oil in an appropriate carrier oil and applying to an insensitive part of the body, such as inside of elbow. Use vegetable or milk to remove any essential oils causing irritation. Always keep essential oils and blends away from children. To slow oxidation and protect shelf life, store in a cool, dark place with lids tightly secured. Never put oils in the ear canal or eyes.

Additional Reading

Wikipedia Page on Bergamot orange.

How to pronounce