If you suffer from nervous tension, anxiety or depression then you will find the uplifting qualities of Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) essential oil very beneficial. This oil, popularised in Italian medicine folklore, is made by pressing the fresh peel of a fruit that resembles a miniature orange first grown in Bergamot, a small village in northern Italy.
As its botanical name suggests, Bergamot essential oil is light with a delightful floral and citrus aroma and yellow-green colour. It has astringent and antiviral actions that give it many uses.
Conditions that this oil treats includes those mentioned above as well as stressful states, adult colic, anorexia nervosa, dermatitis, intestinal parasites, eczema, dermatitis, sores, and wounds. It relieves cramps, premenstrual tension and symptoms; symptoms of acne and cold sores and is helpful for post-natal stress. Use it to heal oily skin and skin conditions of nervous origin; diluted in water it can be rinsed in the mouth to help with bad breath and relieve the discomfort of mouth ulcers. It's also highly antiseptic and cleansing.
Warnings: Do not use for Berloque dermatitis or externally when exposed to ultraviolet light. It may increase skin photo sensitivity and be irritating to sensitive skin. Do not use before exposure to sun.
Use only as directed and seek advice from your health care professional if symptoms persist.
Proprietor, author, and tutor of The Home Herbalist Online Course.