What is bergamot?The name ‘bergamot’ covers a couple of different plants. We’re probably most familiar with the bergamot citrus fruit (citrus bergamia to give it the official name), which is often used in flavouring and perfumes. We can also use bergamot herbs, which have a similar floral fragrance4. Bergamot is characterised by its aromatic scent, which is often described as floral, zesty, and tart. We don’t tend to eat bergamot oranges because they’re very sour. However, they’re often used as flavourings in marmalades, baking, cocktails and, of course, tea (the most famous being Early Grey)5. Bergamot essential oils are also extracted from the peel, which is then used for a range of different commercial and at-home purposes. These include perfumes and colognes, soap making, aromatherapy, and more6.
Bergamot benefits and usesAs well as flavouring a delicious tea, the bergamot fruit has a range of reported benefits and uses. . While bergamot is generally thought to be safe for use7, it’s best to speak to your doctor if you have any health concerns.
Some bergamot benefits might include:
- Reduced fatigue8
- Lower cholesterol9
- Skin health10
When to avoid bergamotBergamot is generally thought to be safe for most people, but it can depend on the way you take it12 13. Bergamot oil can be taken orally, inhaled, or applied directly to the skin. You might experience different side effects depending on how you choose to use it.
Some bergamot side effects might include:
- Skin reactions14
- Sensitivity to light (photosensitivity)15
Last Updated: 30th December 2020