What is Bergamot?

What is Bergamot?

Jan 03, 2023Anthony Tori

Bergamot is a type of citrus fruit that is native to the Mediterranean region. It is small and round, with a yellowish-green skin, and it has a distinctive, sweet-tart aroma. The name "bergamot" is derived from the Italian city of Bergamo, where the fruit has been grown for centuries.

Bergamot has a long history of use in perfumery and aromatherapy. Its unique scent is derived from the essential oil that is extracted from the peel of the fruit. The oil is prized for its uplifting, refreshing aroma, which is both sweet and citrusy, with floral and spicy undertones. It is often used as a top note in perfumes and colognes, giving them a light, fresh opening. You can find bergamot in many of our fragrances, including Drakensberg, Iceland, Theo and citrus heavy Uzzano

Health benefits of bergamot

In addition to its use in perfumery, bergamot has also been used for medicinal purposes. It is believed to have antibacterial and antifungal properties, and it is often used to treat skin conditions such as acne and eczema. The essential oil is also used in aromatherapy to help reduce stress and improve mood. We personally use bergamot first thing in the morning while we do our breathing exercises. 

Tea time with bergamot

Bergamot in Earl Grey tea

Bergamot is also a popular flavor in tea, particularly Earl Grey tea, which is a blend of black tea and bergamot oil. The tea gets its name from Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl Grey, who was a British Prime Minister in the early 19th century. Legend has it that the tea was created especially for him by a Chinese mandarin as a gift. Today, Earl Grey tea is enjoyed all over the world for its unique, citrusy flavor.

In conclusion, bergamot is a versatile fruit that has a long history of use in perfumery, medicine, and cooking. Its distinctive scent and flavor have made it a beloved ingredient for centuries, and it is sure to continue to be enjoyed for many more years to come.

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