BERGAMOT Citrus bergamia
Uses: Bergamot is a unique oil because it has both citrus and floral tones; citrus oils are uplifting and cleansing to the skin, floral oils are generally sedative and soothing to the skin. Its astringent nature makes it a good choice for topical application over the belly to help tone the uterus in preparation for labor. This is my favorite way to prepare for labor. It can be used in addition to or as an alternative to raspberry leaf tea, which is also astringent and used for this purpose (use topically, not internally for this action). Make sure to avoid sun exposure to the area of the skin where bergamot is applied for up to 24 hours. Bergamot is the most photosensitizing of essential oils and women who are pregnant are more susceptible to harm from sun exposure (an increase in the melanocytic hormone is why pregnant women are more susceptible to sun damage).
The inhalation of bergamot reduces nervousness, improves self-confidence, and lifts a depressed mood. This oils is also helpful for respiratory and digestive health, and skin conditions such as dryness, wounds, and infantile acne.
Precautions: Bergamot is the most photosensitizing of essential oils and, as a citrus oil, may cause sensitivity to skin if oxidized. Pregnant women are especially sensitive to the sun, so avoid using on skin that will be exposed to the sun or wait 12 hours before exposure after applying topically. It is mildly anti-clotting as well, so avoid with excessive bleeding. Avoid internal use, especially in young children.