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spotlight essential oil of the week: Bergamot

Bergamot: Spotlight Oil of the Week


Latin name: Citrus bergamia

Aroma Description: citrusy and fruity with a warm spicy floral quality

Therapeutic benefits

  • Well known for its ability to help boost the mind and ease your worries, especially during times of sadness and grief.
  • Can help tackle teenage skin problems and oily skin.
  • Helps reduce muscle tension and gives relief from tightness caused by overexertion or achy muscles.
  • Bergaptine free, which means it is safe for use in the sun.


Yes! Bergamot IS KidSafe.

bergamot essential oil

Dilution instructions:

Add 2 drops with 2 teaspoons of your favorite Plant Therapy Carrier Oil to create a massaging blend; apply topically to the muscle areas that are tight and tender.

Diffusion instructions:

Combine equal parts of Bergamot,  Patchouli, and Grapefruit Pink in your favorite diffuser for an aroma that is amazing and relaxing.

Oils to blend with:

Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense Carteri, Geranium Egyptian, Grapefruit Pink, Jasmine Absolute, Mandarin, Nutmeg, Orange Sweet, Patchouli, Black Pepper, Rosemary 1,8-Cineole, Sandalwood Australian, Vetiver and Ylang-Ylang Complete.

Check out all our other essential oil spotlight blog posts by heading to our Spotlight Page!


93 thoughts on “Bergamot: Spotlight Oil of the Week”

  • I love that Plant Therapy’s Bergamot is Bergaptine free. It is so versatile and being able to use it in products when in the sun is much appreciated. This is one my most used Eos.

    1. I’ve just ordered Petitgrain because of reading about how it has helped some people stop their panic attacks. It’s an ingredient in a blend that makes me feel happy even if I’m mad. My daughter knows I keep that blend in an inhaler. When I’m frustrated with her, she’ll get it, wave it at my nose and say, “Yes, I’ll listen to what you’re telling me, but just take a few deeeeep breaths from this.” I’ll post a review after I use it a few times. I wish you the best on your journey. Bravo at reaching for a natural way. I’ve battled depression on and off, but anxiety was always my biggest issue. I’ve made Frankincense rollers for several people that were dealing with grief and they all felt it helped them feel more at peace. I’m so glad it’s helping you too.

      1. V, would you be willing to share what blend it is you keep in your inhaler for when you get mad. I have just started my essential oils journey and am excited to find anything that helps with depression, etc. I am still awaiting my first order of Bergamot.

  • I’m in love with Bergamot and totally grateful for it. I have clinical depression and been battling it for 17 years. Anti-depressants have only gotten me but so far, so I started to look into natural ways to help with my depression. Ironically I fall upon Plant Therapy’s website and just fell in love with it. I am very new to essential oils, so I did some research on other companies, but I just kept coming back here. One, the pricing is amazing; they’re high-quality oils and there’s so much information on the website to help you learn. In addition, you guys sell everything, so it makes it easier when looking for carrier oils and accessories and such. Then to have a Facebook Group, like Wow! Anyway, back to my depression. I had been going through another episode for over a month, and I read Frankincense was good for anxiety and depression. I started diffusing it, but I didn’t notice any difference nor could smell anything. So I did more research and learned that Bergamot is good for depression. Well, let me tell you, the moment it came in the mail, I applied it topically with some Argan oil and I felt the sadness almost instantly lift off me. I was still a little anxious because I couldn’t believe that an essential oil could work like this and so fast, so I worked myself up and my mood came down a bit, but by the second day of applying and diffusing it, I have been so much better. I want to thank you so wholeheartedly for your company, your great customer service and to having quality & affordable products that really work.

  • I really like Bergamont and am loving discovering how it blends with other oils! My new favorite diffuser blend is Bergamont, Frank C., Vetiver, and Neroli!

  • I know it’s not recommended but Bergamot is my “go to for acne. I don’t use a carrier oil, I just put it right where its needed ! It works for me.

    1. Samantha, we really recommend that you dilute Bergamot in a carrier oil before applying it topically. There are a lot of risks associated with “neat” usage, including both short and long term issues with sensitization. Please refer to the section of this blog ( that discusses the purpose of dilution (it’s near the top). We encourage everyone to use EOs safely and I’m sure you’ll find that after diluting Bergamot it will continue to work how you need it to, without any associated health risks. Also, while PT’s Bergamot is bergapten-free and will not cause phototoxic reactions, we can’t say the same for Bergamot coming from any other source, so please take that into consideration when using this essential oil topically 🙂

  • Kicking myself now for not stocking up on this when it was Spotlight of the Week! It’s my all time favorite, so many uses and such an amazing smell… And now I’m out, couldn’t even make my sleep blend properly
    As soon as I can make a purchase I’ll be grabbing the 30mL!

      1. Yes, Ryan Nicole, would you please share your sleep blend? I have chronic pain due to complex regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia and arthritis, all of which make sleep difficult. I have used melatonnin in the past and it’s helped some, and since our bodies heal while we’re sleeping, I need extra help. Thank you, Ryan Nicole!

  • I am just getting into EO. I’ve placed 5 orders this month. So far Bergamot is my favorite. I love the citrus smell. I use it in my favorite diffuser blend- one drop each Bergamot, Clary Sage, and Geranium Bourbon.

  • Bergamot is HANDS DOWN my favorite oil! Love all the ways it helps our family and blends well with so many oils.

  • Love love love Bergamot! I am just venturing out into more oils and I am so glad I bought bergamot! It is one of my favs!

  • I LOVE Bergamot, I truly believe PT is watching my wish list and keeps putting the oils I want as the spotlight oil. I love this oil with sweet orange it fills my house and I feel so at ease.

  • Bergamot is so versatile in many ways and the smell is of gentle citrus to me. I wish I had bought a larger bottle the first time!

  • Just ordered this to add to my new growing collection. Will probably try it with some lavender by my bedside for night time diffusing. I love the spotlight on different oils.

    1. Jennifer, while Bergamot does have a noticeable lemony scent, it also has a light floral note that makes it completely unique 🙂

  • Bergamot is by far my favorite “multi use” oil. I love all the citrus oils but Bergamot is able to energize me and calm me at the same time. A more subtle scent than the other citrus oils. Blends wonderfully with Vetiver (which I don’t love) and Lavender for restful sleep. I love it also with sweeter smells, like Vanilla and even with a drop of Rose for relaxation!

  • I love my Bergamot! It smells awesome! Thanks for the tips! Can’t wait to try the massage blend recipe! Thanks for another great product!

  • Thanks for all the tips on how to use Bergamot! I only tend to diffuse it. Can’t wait to switch up the oils used in my diy kitchen spray!

  • I love this oil! It is so uplifting, and love that I can diffuse it safely around my daughter. I’ve mixed it with so many things, but I think my new favorite is with grapefruit and spearmint. 🙂

  • This EO was a recent discovery for me. Totally Uplifting! I loved it so much, I often apply it to my lava jewelries. Because it’s the Spotlight Oil of the Week discount, I bought the 30 ml. It will be put to good use!

  • Bergamot is one of several oils I consider my foundational, go-to oils. It’s like that easy going friend that everyone finds easy to talk with! I diffuse it in my car with tangerine and grapefruit. At home I diffuse it with Vetiver and lavender. I haven’t tried using it topically, but feel more comfortable now that I know it’s Bergaptine free. Wahoo!

  • I really appreciate these blog ideas. I have several oils that I can’t remember what my original intention was with them. Now I have some ideas!

  • I love bergamot! It’s definitely at must have in my oil collection. So ecstatic to see as an oil of the week!

  • Love bergamot! It’s so fresh and uplifting. I didn’t know it was good for muscle tension. That’s great to know!!

  • I love Bergamot! It’s one of my favourite citrus oils 🙂 I mix this with Orange Essence and Grapefruit in the mornings!

  • I LOVE Bergamot! I didn’t know how much I’d enjoy it until I diffused it – even better for me than topical! 🙂

  • Absolutely love bergamot! I use it on my skin to clear acne, and I diffuse it with rosemary! Definitely recommend this oil to anyone who doesn’t have it!

  • Love bergamot! It was the oil that made me really fall in love and eager to learn more about essential oils. Excited to see it on the spotlight week

  • It would be so helpful if you included the shelf life in the blog post or on the oil page. I get there and have to leave to go search for it elsewhere. I want to know this before buying.

        1. Hi PT! Shelf life would count from the time one opens the bottle or even without having it opened? just to clarify. thanks

  • I love that Bergamont has alot of the benefits of citrus oils but is not sun sensitive! It’s actually one of the oils my kids really like! Thanks for this post!

  • Bergamot is one of my very favorites. I love diffusing it in equal parts with lemongrass and grapefruit pink. It smells just like a fruity cereal I ate as a kid. Very energizing!k

  • I can’t wait to try bergamot with patchouli and grapefruit. I never would have thought of this! And thank you for the tips for oily skin. It will come in handy for my teenage son!

  • I bought Bergamot a few months ago but wasn’t sure how to use it or what to use it for. Now I do! And the diffuser recipe sounds amazing, I can”t wait to try it!

  • I love adding bergamot to my aloe vera gel n use it as a hand sanitizer. It’s a very uplifting aroma. It’s a huge plus that PT bergamot is not photo toxic. I love citrus! =)

  • Bergamot was my first essential oil purchase EVER. A few drops mixed with vetiver and ho wood will give you the BEST sleep ever. Every household needs this!

    1. Rachel, Bergamot was my very first oil, too! It definitely has a special place in my heart, so I love reading about how much everyone else enjoys it, too 🙂

  • After reading about the many benefits of Bergamot, I ordered it! The special pricing and free shipping was an added bonus!

  • Bergamot is one of my FAVORITES! Top 10, without question. I love the fresh, citrus scent, but also the calming, comforting feeling it offers. It is definitely one I have purchased multiple times, and keep stocked!

  • I enjoy Bergamot in blends and by itself! In an inhaler, it almost instantly alleviates mild queasy/nauseas feelings and belly spasms. I did not know it works great it in massage oils to address pains, tightness & cramps. I’ll have to try that soon.

  • I love Bergamot eo. It was one of my very first essential oils to purchase from Plant Therapy. I love Bergamot in the diffuser. It smells wonderful. I’m going to try it in lotion soon

  • This has been on my wish list for a long time! It seems like it has a lot of uses, all of which I am dealing with right now. I hope to be able to get it soon!

  • It says it helps with teenage acne, what do you mix it with and how is it used (rolled on/put in face wash?) to help with the acne? And would you use it only once the acne appears or as a preventative?

    1. Rachel, try using one teaspoon of a carrier oil with one single drop of Bergamot. As far as carrier oils go, I would recommend either Jojoba or Grapeseed, but everyone reacts to carriers differently and you may find a different one that works well on your skin. Doing it this way, you could use it as a spot treatment after acne appears or use it as a type of serum for your entire face. Another way to use this for acne is to add Bergamot to whatever skin wash product you use (just remember to keep it at a 1% dilution!) and wash your face as usual. Everyone is different, so try it a couple different ways to learn what works best for you 🙂

  • I’ve had bergamot for a while now, but have never really known how or what to use it for. I look forward to getting some use out of it now !

  • On days i am fed up with the cold winter weather, I’ve been diffusing bergamot with geranium and it gives just the right amount of citrus to geranium and gives me glimpses of spring! Makes me happy!

  • I have Bergamot and I love it! These are some really great ways to incorporate bergamot into your essential oil rotation. I can’t wait to try the lotion!

  • I am new to EO’s but have use Bergamot in a couple inhalers and have been quite please with the result. I like it and can’t wait to figure out other ways this oil can benefit me and my family.

  • I love bergamot, it was one of my first oils I ever bought and still one of my favorites! I tried to get the 30 ml , but is not available.Hopefully will be back while we have still the 15 % off.

  • Bergamot, Veviter & Patchouli Are Hands Down My 3 Favorite Oils!! If I Didnt Have A Full One Still I’d Definitely Restock Great Oil & Smells AMAZING!

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