Years ago in Canada, despite grumblings about the Queen and our need to loosen the Windsor Castle grip, we didn’t consider ourselves much of country without a good cup of tea. The irony might have been lost a little as our nation downed pots of Red Rose tea like the great tea drinking nation, Great Britain. I reckon some habits are a little harder to break, Windsor grip or not. I’ve always been both a coffee and tea drinker and once I was old enough to have a job, I began to develop a taste for the finer things in life or whatever my McDonald’s paycheck would allow. It included ditching the Red Rose for the exotic (to me) Earl Grey tea. Bergamot essential oil is what provides the fruity rich note to the tea. Over time, as I experienced my share of adulterated Bergamot in an effort to stock quality oil, I discovered how often the oil was adulterated as Arctander had warned. It is less so now as there are so many other oils that command more money and would be a more profitable to cut or extend. Sadly, I have enjoyed a cup of the real Earl Grey tea maybe only a couple of times in my tea drinking years. Although I’m more into aged Pu-erh for my tea drinking these days, I still pine for a good cup of the ole’ Earl every here and there.
Bergamot essential oil is a sweet, rich fruity oil and in perfumery has a fixative effect which is highly unusual as a top note citrus oil. It has an oily herbal tryout that hints at tobacco notes. There was a time when Bergamot was exclusively produced in Calabria, Italy but it is now also available from the Ivory Coast that I have yet to sample. ‘The Perfume Handbook” by Nigel Groom mentions production in other countries, Spain being one as well as the oil’s heavy use in perfumery. The fixative property Bergamot possesses would certainly be a value contribution in a blend. Bergamot has unique aromatherapy attributes as well. It can be a gentle uplifting sedative that is quite helpful for anxiety, depression and frayed nerves. It may be helpful in respiratory infections as well as cold sores, shingles and chicken pox. Wanda Sellers writes that Bergamot oil is effective for skin sores when blended with Eucalyptus (although she doesn’t specify the species of Eucalyptus) and was once used to heal sexually transmitted diseases. (Place joke here).
We store cold pressed Bergamot essential oil and all of our citrus oils in dedicated refrigeration until it is shipped to preserve the quality of the oil.
Suggested uses: Blend in a carrier oil to use on skin to help treat acne. A must in many natural perfumery compositions. Blends with Ylang ylang, Patchouli, Neroli, Geranium, Juniper, Eucalyptus, lavender, Jasmine and Cypress.