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bergamot (bûr´ge-mòt´) noun
1. a. A small tree (Citrus aurantium subsp. bergamia) commercially grown chiefly in southern Italy for its sour citrus fruits, the rinds of which yield an aromatic oil. Also called bergamot orange. b. The oil itself, used extensively in perfumery. Also called bergamot oil.
2. BALM.
[French bergamote, from Italian bergamotta, from Turkish dialectal beg-armudu, bey's internal linkpear : beg, bey. See BEY + armud, pear + -u, possessive suff..]

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
The small internal linkgreen fruit produced by this Mediterranean citrus tree aren't edible or pretty, but the smell they emit is wonderful!  Unfortunately, you must live in a warm climate like California to grow them. First mentioned in the 17th century En la Parfumerie Francoise, the fruit was named after Bergamo, Italy, where the oil originated. It is still grown in Italy, mostly in Calabria. Bergamot scents many colognes and flavors Earl Grey internal linktea and some candies. Don't confuse this citrus with the common herb-garden internal linkbee balm (Monarda didyma), also called bergamot.

Family: Rutaceae

Extraction: Cold-pressed from almost-ripe fruit rind. Fresh, clean scent.

Medicinal Action: An anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, bergamot enhances immunity; treats genital, urinary, mouth and throat infections, flu, herpes, shingles and chicken pox; and aids digestion. It is a traditional Italian folk medicine for fever and intestinal worms.

Cosmetic/Skin Use: Bergapten-free bergamot is suitable on most skin conditions and eczema, and is a deodorizer.

Emotional Attribute: Sniff bergamot to reduce depression, anxiety, insomnia or compulsive behavior cycles (including eating disorders). It balances emotions, instilling composure.
Considerations: Because it contains bergapten, bergamot is photosensitizing (i.e., may cause a reaction when skin is exposed to the internal linksun). A bergapten-free essential oil is available.

Associated Oils:
Lemon, Orange and Orange Blossom.

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