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Bergamot Zest, Bergapten-Free (Citrus bergamia) Essential Oil

Bergamot Zest, Bergapten-Free (Citrus bergamia) Essential Oil


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Bergamot Zest, Bergapten-Free (Citrus bergamia) Essential Oil

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Plant description

Latin Name: Citrus bergamia sans bergaptène
English Name: Bergamot (z.) Bergaptene Free
French Name: Bergamotier (z.), zestes de bergamote sans bergaptène
Family: Rutaceae
Origin: Italy

History and Origin

Bergamot is the fruit of the bergamot tree, a hybrid of bitter orange and lime (also called green lemon); mainly cultivated in Calabria (an Italian region). The fruit resembles to a small orange with a greenish pulp and a soft and thick bark, yellow when it reaches maturity. Its flesh is too acid and too bitter to be eaten. But the zest is used to produce the natural extract. It is said that the white flowers from this tree are the symbol of the Virgin Mary, and that its fruits represent her chastity.

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Aromatherapy Data Sheet

Distilled Part: Fruit bark
Extraction: Cold Pressed
Main Components: monoterpenes (mainly limonene), terpenic esters (linalyl acetate), coumarines and furocoumarines.
Oil Characteristics: Clear liquid of a pale yellow to yellow-green color with a rich and fragrant, sweet and fruity, slightly flowery smell.
Properties: Anti-infectious, antibacterial (strep., staph., men.), antiseptic++, tonic, stimulant (at low dosage), stomachic, tranquilizer and sedative+++, antispasmodic++, digestive, intestinal antiparasitic.
Indications: Anorexia, aerocoly++, meteorism, spasmodic colitis+, malaria+, itch, acne, eczema, wound, dermatosis, haemorrhoids, agitation and insomnia+++.

Energetic and Emotional Effect

Applied on the heart chakra, it helps healing blockages caused by mourning and sorrow; it eases forgiveness and unconditional love. Also, applied on the seven or ten chakras in meditation, it helps reaching the Light, and stimulates the openness of the crown chakra. The oil seems to combat the frights withheld by the physical body.

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Bergamot is used in cooking to prepare desserts and various dishes.


Bergamot oil can be diffused in a nebulizer to purify the air.


It is used in the preparation of soaps and cosmetics.


Safety Data and Contraindications

This bergamot oil is not photosensitizing. It has undergone a treatment to eliminate bergaptene, responsible for the usual undesirable effect of bergamot.

Documentation and References

  • FRANCHOMME, Pierre, Docteur PÉNOËL, Daniel, L’aromathérapie exactement, Éditions Roger Jollois.
  • EIDSON, Deborah, La guérison vibratoire, Guy Trédaniel éditeur.