Bergamot: Body, Mind and Spirit

I was at the mall a few days ago and a rockin’ older lady approached me as I was wrestling the kids into the car. I say “rockin'” because she was, as she later told me, 71 years old and had her leg wrapped in cellophane, with a distinctly fresh tattoo underneath. At tattoo at 19 years old? Borderline generic. A tattoo at 71 years old? That. is. rock. and. roll.

Anyway, she saw my ‘doTERRA’ sticker on the back of my truck and stopped to ask me a question and it was this: What do you do with Bergamot? 

I’ll admit, I had to seriously stop and think for a minute. It’s not our most frequently used doTERRA essential oil since, at our house, we’re usually completely saturated in highly family-oriented oils like Lavender, Serenity, Peppermint, On Guard and Digest Zen (we have 5 kids after all!), so I took a minute to collect my thoughts . What DO you do with Bergamot?

Well, in case you don’t know what this crazy, beautiful essential oil is all about, here’s your body, mind and spirit connection to Bergamot.


Because of the extreme purity of doTERRA’s essential oils, you can safely take them internally. Yay! Try out this recipe for getting oils into your body in a way that not only benefits your cells and tissues, but also makes life feel just a little more luxurious:

Essential Oil Mojito:

  • 1 drop Bergamot
  • 3 drops Lime
  • 1 Drop Peppermint
  • Club soda
  • White sugar or agave/sweetener to taste

With both calming and uplifting abilities, Bergamot can dissipate anxious feelings while simultaneously cleansing and purifying the skin. (More on this later)


  1. Like other citrus oils, Bergamot essential oil makes the perfect addition to any glass of water. If you want to give new life to a plain drink of water, consider adding a drop of Bergamot oil along with some cut up pieces of fruit.
  2. While the aromas of many citrus oils are known to be stimulating or invigorating, Bergamot oil has unique calming capabilities that can help when tension or stress levels are high. One of the best ways to glean the calming benefits of Bergamot essential oil is to diffuse the oil. The next time you feel stress levels or tension getting high, consider diffusing Bergamot oil in the classroom, at work, or at home for a calming effect.
  3. Bergamot essential oil is a popular choice for massage therapy because of its calming effects. Not only does the oil promote a calm, serene atmosphere, but it is also purifying for the skin, which is why many massage professionals use Bergamot oil. (Dilute for massage because of the full body application)
  4. If you are ready to unwind and refresh your skin after a taxing day, Bergamot oil offers a simple solution for relaxation. At the end of a long day, you can enjoy the calming and skin-purifying benefits of Bergamot oil at the same time by applying it to your skin while showering. While in the shower, apply Bergamot oil to your skin and inhale deeply to experience the calming aroma while enjoying the purifying skin benefits of this versatile oil. Also, put a few drops into your facial soap or facial lotion for a calming and purifying skin.
  5. No matter what mood you are in, Bergamot oil can help promote uplifting, relaxing, and confident feelings—particularly when diffused. When diffusing on its own, use three to four drops of Bergamot oil in the diffuser of your choice. Diffusing this oil can help promote a sense of self confidence when you feel frazzled, or a sense of inner peace when feelings of stress abound. I don’t know your situation, but we have 5 kids, so I can tell you first-hand that diffusing essential oils saves lives!
  6. Not only will the calming aromatic benefits of Bergamot essential oil relieve feelings of stress or tension throughout the day, this oil can also help you prepare for a peaceful night of rest. Apply Bergamot oil to your feet before bedtime and enjoy a sense of calm and harmony as you drift off to dreamland—leaving the cares of your day behind.
  7. If you are a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation, you know how Captain Jean-Lpicard.jpguc Picard likes his tea- and now you can have it too! With a pure, citrus and spice flavor, Bergamot oil is the perfect companion to your daily tea break—quickly changing a regular cup of tea to Earl Grey with a few simple drops. Remember, when adding essential oils to food or drink, less is more. Start out with a small drop and work your way up from there. If the oil is particularly strong, dip a toothpick in the oil and add it to your water, tea, or dish. This keeps the oil flavor from being too overwhelming. Watch this video to learn more about using Bergamot oil for tea.


Bergamot (also known as Citrus Bergamia, in fancy people talk) is, as its name hints to, a citrus oil. (Oh, and it’s pronounced: Berg-ah-mot)

Indigenous to the coast of Italy, Bergamot thrives in the fresh sea-air and acidic soil found in this area and it is one of the most unique citrus oils you can find. It is used for many purposes, making it a versatile and, ergo, cost effective essential to keep on-hand —to rejuvenate or soothe the skin, purify the air, uplift, reduce feelings of stress, and more. There are many unique attributes of Bergamot that set it apart from other citrus oils, like the fact that it is actually a bitter fruit (unlike more citrus fruits) that produces sweet oil (more on this later), and its ability to create an uplifting and calming environment, just to name a few. Similar to Lemon essential oil, Bergamot is produced through cold pressing, where the Bergamot rind is mechanically squeezed—producing pure essential oil. As an oil in the citrus family, Bergamot oil includes the chemical component Limonene, which is commonly known for its uplifting aromatic characteristics.


Note:  Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas (of course!). Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product. Citrus oils, like grapefruit, lemon, orange and the like, can cause a type of skin sensitivity that can make you more susceptible to UV rays, so plan accordingly when you know you’ll be out in the sun that day and instead apply in the evenings on days you’ll be outside a lot.

Bergamot blends well with a variety of other oils. If you are looking for good oils to blend with Bergamot, try doTERRA Lavender, Patchouli, Lime, or Arborvitae.

So, what DO you do with Bergamot? Whatever needs to be DONE.



So, as you read above, Bergamot essential oil comes from a fruit that is very different from the other citrus fruit in its family. It’s not a sweet fruit that produces sweet juices and oils. It’s not a sour fruit, like a lemon, that produces tart juice. Bergamot is a bitter fruit that produces a sweet oil.

How many times do we succumb to the temptation to become bitter over something? Bitterness may or may not be a justified response to your circumstance, but it is never one that, at least in my experience, produces any sweetness (at least not out of me!) in any way, shape or form. In fact, it’s really counter-intuitive to think that bitterness can produce something sweet, and yet, Bergamot does that.

James chapter 3 is one of those passages of Scripture that kicks you in the neck and pulls your hair. It’s all about taming the tongue- or, at least, the monumental failure we all experience in our attempts to do so. James writes:

“For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in his words, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.

See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.”

bergamot-plantThen, James goes on to write this: “Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?  Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh…”

So, fresh, life-giving words and mean, bitter ones cannot come from the same place- meaning this: If your words are bitter, its an indicator that your heart is as well. (Ouch!) Even if it doesn’t feel like it. We know from Luke 6:45 that Jesus noted, “From the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.”

In every trial, we all have opportunity to become bitter or to become  better. Bergamot is a fruit that has bitter origins, but, by being squeezed and pressed on all sides, to the point of being crushed, this amazing, beautiful fruit becomes sweet. What flows out of it is something to be desired and admired. What an inspiration- and a conviction to take pause and consider our responses to the crushings of life, how we speak about what has caused us pain and who has done the crushing. It is possible to become better if that’s something you desire in your life, get your hands on Bergamot, the oil of your inspiration.


Pray FIRST. Then OILS.





If you’re interested in learning more about doTERRA’s essential oils, living a wellness lifestyle or how to get started with oils in your home, I’d love to connect with you!

I teach classes remotely (Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facebook etc.) or in person, and I love to even connect one-on-one if you’d like to have a conversation about essential oils.

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Alicia Purdy is a writer and worship leader ministering in upstate N.Y. Her passion is to support and grow the Kingdom of God through the gifts He has given her. She has been given inspiration and passion on the subject of worship and wrote "The Way of the Worshipper" to share the message God gave her. continues this vision with FREE devotions centered around the subject of worship.