Learn More About The Bergamot Plant
Explores the uses and benefits of this fragrant plant and its essential oil
THE HISTORY AND TRADITIONAL USES OF THE BERGAMOT PLANT
The bergamot is a small, citrusy-floral fruit that comes to us from a tree in the Rutaceae family, which hosts more than 2000 species of mostly woody shrubs and trees. Best known for their fragrant, showy flowers, the bergamot plant is an important part of this plant family both economically and fragrantly.
The bergamot plant boasts the small, yellowish-green pear-shaped fruits of the same name from which the versatile essential oil we know and love today is distilled. The peel of the fruit contains thousands of tiny sacs that hold the precious essential oil, prized for its aromatic properties and used popularly in the perfume and aromatherapy industries.
Citrus, which is a genus of plants belonging to the Rutaceae family, showcases some of the other sweet and zesty essential oils we rely on as mood boosting yet calming, uplifting yet balancing like lemon, the lime and the grapefruit. Many of these plants are economically important as they are used as food crops and flavorings, popular in juices, candies, baked goods and ice cream. Though bergamot is one of the most widely used essential oils in the perfume industry, another one of its most famous uses is as the signature flavor and scent found in Earl Grey tea.
As an essential oil, bergamot is well known for its soothing, calmative properties and its versatility in different formulas to positively impact stress, to help support a sunny disposition and to encourage the body and mind to feel at ease. Let’s explore some of our popular product formulations including the bergamot plant below.
THE SINGLE NOTE ESSENTIAL OIL OF THE BERGAMOT PLANT
Offered as a singular, stand-alone essential oil, bergamot is sweet, citrusy, slightly floral and known for the ways its delightful aroma helps to enliven the senses. The fresh and light top notes, cold-pressed from the rind of the fruit, produce an oil that while beneficial to the body and mind is also considered phototoxic, which means you’ll want to exercise caution when spending time in the sun for a few days after topical application to the skin. Our favorite ways to use bergamot? Try adding 8-10 drops to your favorite diffuser and breathe in the harmonizing and stabilizing benefits of this sweet citrus.
THE BERGAMOT PLANT AND ITS USES IN CHEERFUL, UPLIFTING FORMULAS
Known for the way it can help to uplift the mind and the mood, the bergamot plant is commonly used in product formulas designed to bring brightness and cheerfulness to whomever uses them. Bergamot is a staple ingredient in one of the most popular product categories we offer at Saje, Liquid Sunshine:
Liquid Sunshine diffuser blend: it’s bright, it’s fresh, it’s basically sunshine in a bottle. We’ve blended zesty grapefruit, sweet bergamot and tart lime to help your home smell like freshly squeezed juice on a warm summer morning.
Liquid Sunshine foaming hand soap: This sunny symphony of citrus makes quick work of cleansing the skin while elevating your mood and leaving your hands feeling moisturized. Formulated without drying alcohol or irritating artificial fragrances, this is a product that will make you look forward to washing your hands throughout the day.
THE BERGAMOT PLANT AND ITS USES IN PEACEFUL, CALMING FORMULAS
Continuing to showcase the versatility of the bergamot plant, you’ll find that it’s commonly included in products to help encourage ease, stillness and centering, too. A mainstay in our well-loved Unwind line of products, you can count on bergamot to help you feel de-stressed in a hurry.
Unwind diffuser blend: relax and let your worries melt away with this gentle, comforting diffuser blend formulated to feel just like a hug. Floral, soothing lavender meets citrusy, grounding bergamot alongside spicy, warming cinnamon to brighten the mood and encourage balance.
Unwind roll-on: enter a state of calm and balance with a formula blended to help you let go of the worries of the day. Find ease in the mind and body with nurturing, supportive essential oils like orange, bergamot and lavender to help you feel soothed and restored.
THE BERGAMOT PLANT AND ITS USES IN GROUNDING, BALANCING PRODUCTS
The bergamot plant is a staple ingredient in many formulations blended to help support you in feeling stabilized and in harmony with your body and mind. Included as part of our earthy, grounding and centering Yoga line of products, turn to bergamot when you want to feel deeply at ease.
Yoga diffuser blend: ground and center in the moment with this restorative blend of earthy patchouli alongside sweet neroli and sunny, citrusy orange. Try diffusing this blend as part of your healthy habits like meditation or journaling.
Yoga body butter: hydrate, soften and renew your skin with the powerfully moisturizing effects of shea, cocoa and mango seed butters while helping to refresh and uplift the mind with sweet, woody, earthy notes of ho wood, bergamot, cardamom and cedarwood. Smooth this replenishing butter onto the skin after a bath or shower to feel deeply nourished.
LIFESTYLE TIPS FOR HOW TO INCORPORATE THE BERGAMOT PLANT INTO YOUR DAILY ROUTINE
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about the bergamot plant and the ways in which it can help support your wellness. Here are a few more ways you can continue to benefit from the versatility of this sweet, floral-like citrus:
- Mix 1-3 drops of bergamot essential oil into your favorite carrier oil like coconut or jojoba or into a lotion of your choice to massage and hydrate the body.
- Add 1-3 drops of bergamot essential oil to your shampoo or body wash for a fresh, uplifting scent experience.
- Relieve stress and soothe frayed nerves by dropping 1-3 drops of bergamot essential oil onto a tissue or handkerchief and inhaling deeply as needed.
Bergamot promotes a cheerful and friendly attitude.
—K.G Stiles, “The Healing Power Of Bergamot"