Source: Cold-pressed from the rind of the nearly ripe fruit of Citrus aurantium var. Bergamia.
Constituents: Main constituents include the ester linalyl acetate, linalool, limonene, gamma-terpinene, bergaptene, and other furocoumarins.
Tropism: Nervous, digestive, and vascular systems.
Essential function: Stimulating and detoxifying, dispersing and raising energy, congestive conditions, and restoring, regulating, and circulating energy.
Traditional Use: Perfumery and flavoring agent. The use of bergamot in folk medicine is most notably associated with Italy, primarily for fever and intestinal parasites.
Psychological: Aromatic diffusion and whole-body massage. Stress-related emotional symptoms, SAD, anxiety, and stagnant flow of Chi, or vital force. May counteract the adverse effects of stress and decrease stress-induced behaviors.
Physiological: ANS (autonomic nervous system) regulator, nervous relaxant, and restorative. Bergamot oil lends support to the body's warmth organization through its restorative effect upon the SNS (sympathetic nervous system).
Topical: Mild rubefacient and skin toner. Bergamot helps heal damaged tissue and is ideal for dull, oily, congested, and devitalized, crepey skin, wrinkles, and cellulite. Note: The oil is photosensitizing when applied to skin 12 hours before exposure to sunlight due to bergaptene. This furocoumarin that penetrates skin-cell nuclei and can cause skin cell damage due to increased sensitivity to ultra-violet light.
TCM: Circulating, neutral to warm. Activates the Qi, reduces stagnation, and harmonizes the Middle Warmer.
Chakra Affinity: Heart, throat, third eye and crown chakras
Anthroposophical: Associated with the anthroposophical concept of a "light organism," referring to an internalized spiritual light body, which makes inner soul life possible by guiding metabolic processes and allowing it to permeate them. Thus, establishing a connection between the spirit and substances of the body.
Psychospiritual: Bergamot oil helps quiet the conscious mind allowing access to intuitive processes and higher intellect.