Aromatherapy: Bergamot for Beauty and Home

Go For It Body Lotion

Bergamot can help you feel positive, confident and energetic, and in this respect it is a real beauty essential. Renowned for its uplifting qualities, use this bergamot body lotion when you feel you need an extra boost.

50ml base or unperfumed body lotion
7 drops pure bergamot essential oil
8 drops pure jasmine essential oil
4 drops pure orange essential oil

Add the essential oils to the body lotion, shake well until thoroughly mixed and then shake before each application.

Carrier cream

Confident and Sexy Massage Oil

Boost your confidence and increase your sexuality with this blend for a full body massage.

5 drops pure bergamot essential oil
4 drops pure palmarosa essential oil
4 drops pure ylang ylang essential oil
2 drops pure frankincense essential oil
30ml grapeseed or sweet almond carrier oil

Add the essential oils to the carrier oil and blend or shake well before use.

Bergamot Body Spritzer

For a confidence boosting reviver, at any time of the day - or night - try this spritzer.

4 drops pure bergamot essential oil
5ml vodka
50ml spring water

Add the essential oils to the vodka and mix well. In a spray bottle or atomiser, add the vodka mixture to the spring water and shake well. Spray all over the body keeping the eyes shut. Shake well each time before use.

Relaxation Oil

Blend and use a massage oil or skin softening body oil

15ml carrier oil
5 drops pure bergamot essential oil
5 drops pure mandarin essential oil
2 drops pure patchouli essential oil

Refreshing Bath Gel

50ml unperfumed bath gel
10 drops pure bergamot essential oil
4 drops pure peppermint essential oil
6 drops pure juniper essential oil

Mix well and add a capful to running water when the bath is nearly full.

Hair Conditioners

Use either of these blends before shampooing or going to bed. Mix well and use just enough oil to cover the fingertips, massaging into the scalp.

aromatherapy shampoo

Stimulating blend for dark hair
10ml jojoba oil
2 drops pure bergamot essential oil
2 drops pure rosemary essential oil
1 drop pure cedarwood essential oil
Stimulating blend for fair hair
jojoba oil
2 drops pure bergamot essential oil
2 drops pure rosemary essential oil
1 drop pure grapefruit essential oil

Face Tonic

This refreshing face tonic is especially good for oily skins

5ml cider vinegar
2 drops pure bergamot essential oil
50ml spring water
Plastic funnel

Pour the cider vinegar into a dark glass bottle. Add the essential oil, and pour in the spring water through the funnel. Shake well each time before use. Apply with cotton wool after cleansing the skin.

Bergamot Soap

These handmade, Elizabethan-style soap balls are well worth making. They are moisturising and have a slightly exfoliating effect on the skin. The essential oils give the soap a delightful smell but provide no colouring so your finished balls will be the same colour as the soap you start with.

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You will need:

  • 250g unperfumed vegetable oil soap
  • 25g medium ground oatmeal
  • 2 tsp liquid coconut oil
  • 1 drop pure lemongrass essential oil
  • 2 drops pure bergamot essential oil
  • 2 drops pure lemon essential oil
  1. Grate the soap into a heat-resistant mixing bowl and stir in a little water (in the ratio of one part water to two parts soap). Put over a gentle heat in a double saucepan, stirring all the time, until the mixture becomes a thick paste.
  2. Remove the bowl from the heat and add the oatmeal and coconut oil, mixing thoroughly. Allow the mixture to cool slightly before adding the essential oils.
  3. Divide the mixture into equal-sized portions and roll each into a neat ball. Leave the balls to harden overnight on a wire rack. Wrap in tissue paper or store in a screw-top jar in a cool place.

Bergamot Surface Cleaner

Because bergamot has powerful antiseptic qualities it makes a great surface cleaner. Its clean, citrus aroma makes it especially good for use in the kitchen and bathroom. However, as will all essential oils, avoid contact with wooden surfaces and do a small patch test on a non-visible area if you are in any doubt about how water-resistant your surface is.

1 litre tap water
5 drops pure bergamot essential oil

Mix the solution and use in a plant spray bottle, spraying it on and then wiping it off surfaces.