Bergamot is a citrus fruit whose rind is used for extracting the Bergamot Oil. The scientific name of Bergamot is Citrus Aurantium var. or Citrus Bergamia, depending on the part of the tree used. It is a tropical plant but thrives well in Europe. The chemical composition of Bergamot Oil includes Alpha Pinene, Alpha Bergaptnen, Alpha Terpineol, Limonene, Linalool, Linalyl Acetate, Nerol, Neryl Acetate, Beta Bisabolene, Geraniol, Geraniol Acetate and Myrcene.
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Safety Warnings: Bergamot Oil, if not the Bergaptene Free type, must be protected from sunlight. Bergaptene becomes poisonous if exposed to sunlight. That is why it should be stored in dark bottles in dark places. Even exposure to sunlight should be avoided after it is applied or rubbed on skin. As with many other essential oils, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using bergamot essential oil. Never ingest essential oils without a prescription. Use carrier oil when applying to skin.