The essence of bergamot is captured by pressing part of the peel of the fruit. Citric acid is sometimes made from the pulp. Having a wonderful citrus, yet warm and floral scent, it is widely used in the perfume industry.

Bergamot is used as an anti-depressant; it is refreshing and helps people realize the joy in life, to deal with burnout, grief, and loneliness.

It is antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, and relaxing; it is a deodorant, a healing agent, and beneficial for eczema and psoriasis.

Bergamot oil can cause photosensitization and should never be used “neat,” that is, full strength, or applied before sun exposure. A mixture of almond oil with 1% bergamot can be used. It should not be used by individuals with sensitive skin.

Used in low doses with kukui nut oil, it can be applied directly on acne. You can put it in your favorite mist and make a spritzer with which to spray your pimples. I make a wonderful acne mist with bergamot, rose geranium, lavender, and tea tree oil. I spray it on my face many times during the day, and it really helps keep my skin clear. While I enjoy the scent of bergamot alone, many people prefer it blended.

Bergamot oil was one of the essential ingredients in Queen of Hungary water, which was said to keep the skin youthful. It may also be beneficial for varicose veins. Also, it is often used to defer appetite and to flavor tobacco and Earl Grey tea.

Chemical constituents: linalyl acetate, limonene, and linalol.