Bergamot essential oil – what essential oils does bergamot blend well with?

by Alison Angold CIDESCO ITEC

Bergamot is a citrus fruit and, I think, the most underrated and possibly under-used citrus essential oil! Here we are going to discover what to use bergamot essential oil for and what other oils does it blend well with.

What essential oils does bergamot blend well with?

Being a lovely light citrus fragrance Bergamot blends well with most other oils. It’s best partners being:

  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Tea Tree
  • Geranium
  • Juniper
  • Lemon

Bergamot essential oil is extracted from the peel of the bergamot fruit, which looks a bit like a small, green orange. It is native to tropical Asia however it is now grown mostly in Southern Italy.

The aroma of Bergamot essential oil, is delightful! It is a light, uplifting, fresh, citrus scent, that because of its refreshing aroma, blends well with so many other essential oils.

Bergamot essential oil can be used in so many different ways and for so many different conditions.

Each essential oil has a variety of properties or therapeutic actions, which means how they have an effect on the skin, body or mind.

Therapeutic actions of Bergamot

  • Analgesic – has pain relieving properties
  • Anti-inflammatory – reduces or prevents inflammation
  • Antiseptic – prevents or removes infection
  • Antiviral – prevents virus or kills viruses
  • Cooling – cools and calms the area of application
  • Relaxing – relaxes the area of application and has a general relaxing effect on the body
  • Sedative – calms the nervous system
  • Stomachic – aids digestive issues, such as indigestion, flatulence and constipation
  • Uplifting – has a positive effect on the mind and uplifts the emotions

So you can see the multitude of benefits that bergamot essential oil has!

What to use Bergamot essential oil for

The skin

Bergamot has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and cooling properties, meaning that it will be effective for inflamed or sore skin conditions, such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. It is also useful to use on insect bites and cold sores, however the oil should not be used neat on the skin.

How to use; Blend with a carrier oil or plain cream for massage application.

The nervous system

A great oil to use for depression, anxiety or stress as, like most citrus oils, it is refreshing and uplifting on the emotions. Bergamot is also known to relief anger and frustration.

How to use; Inhale from a burner or diffuser, or blend with a carrier oil for massage application.

The digestive system

Bergamot is a really useful oil for any issues with the digestive system. It relieves flatulence and indigestion, it may reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and is also effective for regulating the appetite. This would be useful, perhaps after an illness, or if on a diet plan to get eating habits to a normal, regular level. Also, because of this, bergamot could be a good oil to use for anorexia to encourage regular eating habits.

How to use; Blend with a carrier oil, to massage onto the abdomen.

The respiratory system

A good oil to relieve symptoms of colds, flu and respiratory disorders such as bronchitis. It is also particularly useful for reducing inflammatory conditions like sore throats or tonsillitis. Bergamot can make a refreshing change from the stronger oils, beneficial for respiratory disorders, like pine or eucalyptus – although these oils compliment each other well.

How to use; Inhale from a burner or diffuser or blend with a carrier oil to massage onto the chest area.

The urinary system

Bergamot is thought to relieve the symptoms of cystitis and associated urinary tract infections. It may also relieve the symptoms of and prevent thrush.

How to use; Blend with a carrier oil for massage on the lower abdomen or add a few drops to some natural, live yogurt for relieving the symptoms of thrush.

The lymphatic system

The lymphatic system can also be known as the immune system as it is responsible for removing waste and toxins from the body, as well as fighting infection. Bergamot oil is known to strengthen the immune system, thus helping us fight off illness.

How to use; Inhale from a burner or diffuser or blend with a carrier oil for body massage.

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How to use bergamot oil

Bergamot essential oil diffuser blends

Bergamot is great in a diffuser or a burner, and can be used alone or mixed with other beneficial essential oils.

Uplifting diffuser blend

Bergamot blends well with any other citrus oil for a refreshing, uplifting effect. All citrus oils are ‘top’ notes, meaning that it is the scent you usually smell first, but the scent doesn’t last long. A pure citrus blend will smell amazing, but if you want a longer lasting scent, then pair with a middle or base note.

Bergamot, Mandarin & Lemon

A pure citrus blend, really refreshing & light

Bergamot & Rosemary & Lavender

This blend smells amazing! A good mix of fruit, herbs and floral.

Bergamot, Basil & Frankincense

Refreshing yet, earthy, the frankincense adds an unusual but fragrant twist.

Immune boosting diffuser blend

Bergamot, Rosemary & Tea Tree

A delicious smelling blend, with an antiseptic note.

Bergamot, Chamomile & Clary Sage

Lightly fragranced Chamomile makes a great addition here, to the stronger fragrances.

Respiratory diffuser blend

Bergamot, Ginger & Lemongrass

A refreshing, zingy fragrance!

Bergamot, Eucalyptus & Tea-tree

An ideal blend for those in the midst of any respiratory issues, to breath in and clear the respiratory tract and lungs.

Relaxing & sedating diffuser blend

Bergamot, Benzoin & Lavender

A relaxing soothing blend with a subtle aroma.

Bergamot, Petitigrain & Ylang Ylang

Bergamot Massage oil

A massage oil is a great way to use Bergamot. Blend bergamot with a carrier oil and another essential oil to create a tailor made treatment for whatever ails you!

Inflamed/irritated skin blend

Argan oil has its own anti-inflammatory properties so a great base to your blend.

  • 10 ml Argan oil
  • 2 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Chamomile
  • 2 drops Geranium
  • 10 ml Argan oil
  • 3 drops Bergamot
  • 3 drops Melissa

For more uses of essential oils on the skin READ HERE

Digestive blend

Sweet Almond makes a good base for most essential oil blends, as it is packed with vitamins, whilst being soothing and nourishing.

  • 10 ml Sweet Almond Oil
  • 2 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Fennel
  • 2 drops Chamomile

A stronger blend as fennel helps to detox and cleanse the intestines, colon and liver.

  • 10 ml Sweet Almond Oil
  • 4 drops Bergamot
  • 3 drops Ginger

Urinary system blend

Any carrier oils can be used for these blends however Jojoba is a good base as recognised well by the skin, as it has a similar structure to the skins natural oil, so absorbed well.

  • 10 ml Jojoba Oil
  • 3 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Juniper

This is a powerhouse blend to help with urinary tract infections including cystitis.

  • 10 ml Jojoba oil
  • 3 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Pine

Another good combination for treating infections.

Immune boosting massage blend

Both Rosehip and Sweet Almond oils are packed with vitamins and anti-oxidants, so make add to the ‘immune boosting’ properties of the essential oils.

  • 10 ml of Rosehip or Sweet Almond oil
  • 2 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Grapefruit
  • 2 drops Rosewood

An uplifting blend that helps protect against colds and flu

  • 10 ml Rosehip or Sweet Almond oil
  • 2 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Thyme

A lovely fruity, herby blend that helps improve the immune system to our defence against illness.

For specific ESSENTIAL OILS TO PREVENT COLDS & FLU read here.

What you need to blend bergamot essential oil

A diffuser is a wonderful way to use essential oils and allow the aromas to fill your room to inhale! A burner can also be used.

Remember to always blend your essential oils into a carrier oil and ideally store in an amber or tinted bottle. This ensures that no light or heat can affect the delicate chemical composition of the essential oils.

For full information on blending READ HERE

Side effects of Bergamot essential oil

Bergamot is generally safe and non toxic to us, however, as most citrus oils, it is phototoxic, which means that skin can burn if exposed to sunlight after application. If applying Bergamot to the skin then avoid sun exposure directly after.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are the pure oils extracted from the leaves & flowers of plants, herbs, fruit or even the bark, resin and roots of trees. The molecules in essential oils, are so fine that they can penetrate the skin, when applied topically.

They can be absorbed to the deeper layers of the skin, and have an effect on the skin cells of the lower layers. Most creams and skincare products only reach the top few layers of the skin, which is literally paper thin, so while they are effective at hydrating the cells here, it is not having an enormous effect on the skin cells below.

In addition, the essential oils, can enter the bloodstream and travel around the body to have a positive effect where it is needed.

If ever in any doubt of the use of essential oils, please consult a doctor or your local aromatherapist for a consultation.

About the Author
Alison Angold is a fully qualified (certified) beauty therapist, massage therapist and aromatherapist from the UK. She has over 25 years experience in this industry and has worked in a variety of beauty salons, spa’s as well as running her own successful beauty and massage business. Her career has allowed her to treat many, many clients, with skincare concerns, medical conditions, and a whole variety of other ailments and issues, that has enabled her to work closely with essential oils, prescribing specific blends for these clients to help with these conditions. Her qualifications in the use of essential oils and aromatherapy, allow her to share this knowledge with others, in a safe, reliable way.

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