|Latin name||Citrus Bergamia|
|Synonyms||Citrus aurantium subsp. bergamia|
|Extraction||Expression of the peel of the fruit|
|Plant characteristics||This small fruit tree is found in abundance in Italy where the fruit peel is made into candied peel. The small greenish yellow fruit are very bitter and inedible raw.|
|Oil characteristics||A light greenish-yellow oil with a sweet citrus/fruity aroma.|
|Traditional use||Used in Italy for fever (malaria) and worms|
|Blends well with||Lavender, sandalwood, geranium and juniper essential oils|
|Cautions and comments||It is photosensitising if used undiluted on the skin prior to going into daylight unprotected, sunbed treatments or sunbathing. Normally considered a safe essential oil if used in dilution and with care in hot climates.|
|Main chemical constituents||Alcohols (< 60%), esters (< 60%), coumarins (5%).|
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.