Updated: May 20, 2019
Bergamot essential oil comes from the bergamot fruit, grown primarily in Reggio di Calabria, Italy. Bergamot is unique to Reggio di Calabria because it thrives in the fresh sea-air and acidic soil found in this area. This climate allows growers to harvest high quality fruit that will produce pure essential oil. Different from other citrus fruits, bergamot is actually a bitter-tasting fruit that yields a sweet essential oil.
doTERRA sources Bergamot oil from Reggio di Calabria, Italy, where Italian families have run bergamot orchards for decades. Unfortunately, economic downturn has caused many families to abandon their orchards, leaving family tradition behind. Through the doTERRA Co-Impact Sourcing® Initiative in Italy, families once again receive fair wages and guaranteed work as they produce high quality bergamot fruit in the orchards of Reggio di Calabria.
Bergamot is produced through cold pressing, where the Bergamot rind is mechanically squeezed—producing pure essential oil.
In Greece, the unripe fruits are used as sweetmeats, eaten by the spoonful as a dessert or with coffee. Historically Bergamot was used in the first eau de cologne. Currently it's used to flavor Earl Grey tea! It's easy to make your own Earl Grey tea by adding a couple drops of Bergamot to hot water.
I was introduced to Bergamot early on in my essential oil journey as it's a versatile oil that supports healthy self-esteem and relieves anxious feelings. Bergamot is unique among citrus oils due to its ability to be both uplifting and calming, making it ideal to help with anxious and sad feelings.
It supports addictions, too, which is why I wanted to first explore using it as I stopped drinking and smoking marijuana. This has become one of my staple oils because I use it everyday, and it blends so well with many other oils. The oil of self-acceptance, emotionally it helps you feel worthy by overcoming feelings of inadequacy.
It is also purifying and cleansing for the skin while having a calming effect. Like with any citrus oil, avoid direct sunlight or UV rays to applied area for 12 hours, it's photosensitive!
Learn more here: Cō-Impact Sourcing® Bergamot.
Bergamot's main chemical constituents are Limonene, linalyl acetate, and linalool. Limonene, which is found in citrus essential oils, is commonly known for its uplifting aromatic characteristics. Bergamot’s chemical makeup is why it is frequently used in massage therapy, as it holds calming benefits. I always bring it with me to my massages and ask my masseuse to use it! Linalool has calming properties, and is found in Lavender and Basil. This is how Bergamot is calming and uplifting at the same time! Learn more about the chemical constituents in doTERRA's chemistry wheel.
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How it smells
Citrus, spice, with a light floral note
Bergamot helps with joint issues, muscle cramps, fungal issues. Dilute a few drops with Fractionated Coconut oil and apply to affected areas.
For a coughs, infections, bronchitis, apply to chest regularly.
For acne, oily skin, eczema, and psoriasis, apply to the affected area
For appetite loss, take internally in a veggie cap.
Bergamot is an excellent stress support.
Diffuse in the classroom, at work, or at home when stress levels or tension is high. Apply to back of neck, bottoms of feet and diffuse.
As an aid in healing insomnia, diffuse this before sleep.
Bergamot is so powerful in its ability to relieve feelings of despair and low self-esteem. Similar to its cleansing effects on skin, it clears out stagnant feelings and limiting belief systems of being unworthy.
Especially when we hide behind fake cheerfulness without revealing our true thoughts and feelings for fear of being unlovable.
Use this when you need to feel more hope and more worthy, by applying around belly button and over heart or diffusing
This is my favorite way to use Bergamot. Similar to the emotional affects, this oil will help you see there are many reasons to feel confident, optimistic and lovable.
It truly helps one let go of self-judgment and love one self unconditionally As a support for addiction this oil is very powerful, since the root of addiction is usually feelings of unworthiness. Use this on back of neck, bottoms of feet or diffuse.
Change regular tea to Earl Grey with the addition of Bergamot.
Ways to use
This is a solar plexus chakra healer, so applying 1-2 drops there, or on heart or forehead. More recipes here!
Blends well with
As a citrus essential oil, Bergamot blends well with a variety of other oils. It blends really well with Patchouli (my favorite combo!), Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Arborvitae, Lime, Copaiba, and Cassia.
How to order
If you’re already a doTERRA customer you can add it to your Loyalty Rewards Order. Not a wholesale member yet? Order Bergamot here. Be sure to enroll with an enrollment kit if you want to waive the annual $35 fee! Then add on single oils you'd like.
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* Methods of use: I'm only referring to use with doTERRA essential oils. Please use at your own risk with other brands.