Bergamot FCF Essential Oil
Bergamot FCF Essential Oil is produced by expression of the peels of the fruit. We find the aroma of our Bergamot FCF Essential Oil to be fresh, light, citrusy and uplifting. The “FCF” stands for “furocoumarin free” and indicates that the phototoxic constituents, known as furocoumarins, have been removed. This is the only common instance in which an “altered” essential oil is used in aromatherapy. While it’s possible to purchase “whole” Bergamot oil which does contain furocoumarins, FCF Bergamot is a far safer alternative because it does not pose the high risk for causing severe sunburn and other manifestations of phototoxicity that is posed by “whole” Bergamot essential oil.
Our Bergamot FCF Essential Oil blends well with many floral, herbal and citrus essential oils and with Juniper Essential Oil. Aromatherapists have generally described the aroma of Bergamot essential oil as having refreshing, relaxing and uplifting effects on the psyche.
All our Artisan Aromatics essential oils, aromatherapy blends and oil products are 100% pure and therapeutic quality. Using our 20+ years of experience, we’ve gathered the finest quality oils from around the world. To ensure that our oils are as fresh and potent as possible, our oils are bottled by hand here in the USA only after each order is received.
How to Use Bergamot FCF Essential Oil with Adults
The use of essential oils with children under16 years of age is a specialized practice not covered on this website. Safety guidelines for children are based on age and are different than those for adults so please consult a reputable aromatherapy reference book or, better yet, a properly trained professional aromatherapist, before using essential oils with children (see www.naha.org for appropriate training standards for aromatherapists and for help in locating a professional aromatherapist).
The Bergamot Orange tree is often said to have been introduced into Spain and Italy from the Canary Islands by Christopher Columbus and it is possibly named after the Italian city of Bergamot where it was cultivated. It’s native range is tropical Asia. The evergreen Bergamot Orange tree (Citrus aurantium subsps. bergamia) is a small tree that reaches about 15 feet in height and produces a small, wrinkled green fruit that ripens to yellow. It is a hybrid of the Seville orange and Citrus limetta, the so-called “pear lemon”.
Herbal preparations of bergamot orange were important in Italian folk medicine and the essential oil is famous for its use in the perfume industry. In ancient Chinese medicine, the herbal energetics of Bergamot were said to be Cool and Dry and its main elemental correspondence is with Wood.
Another Artisan Aromatics essential oil that shares the same “Bergamot” name is Bergamot Mint (a completely different species with completely different properties and with a strong mint aroma).
What is the meaning of FCF (Furocoumarin Free)?
Check out this article on Wiki: Furocoumarin
Follow general safety guidelines for all essential oils; these guidelines can be accessed via the link below. Bergamot FCF essential oil has a relatively short shelf-life ( 6 months with refrigeration and 3 months with standard careful storage with lids tightly secured and bottles kept away from heat and light). Old or spoiled Bergamot FCF essential oil should be discarded as it may cause skin irritation. Bergamot FCF essential oil can be used alone or in blends for use on the skin or for inhalation. Our recommended maximum concentration for use on the skin is 2.5%; dilute in your choice of vegetable oil or jojoba to achieve that concentration or lower (23 drops of Bergamot FCF Essential Oil added to 1 ounce of vegetable oil or jojoba gives a 2.5% concentration of the essential oil). Some vegetable oils commonly used in aromatherapy to dilute essential oils before applying to the skin include grapeseed oil, almond oil and jojoba “oil” ( jojoba is technically not an oil but a fluid natural vegetable wax that is often used like an oil). You can also use olive oil if that’s what you have on hand but because olive oil has it’s own noticeable aroma we think other choices are better.
IMPORTANT: All issues that pertain to your physical or mental health should be discussed with and supervised by a licensed health care professional. Keep all essential oils away from and out of reach of children. We recommend you consult a trained aromatherapist before using essential oils with children under 16 years of age. Always follow the general safety guidelines for using essential oils; these can be accessed by clicking the link below.
Disclaimer: Information provided in this description is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be used in/for the treatment, cure, mitigation or diagnosis of any mental or physical disease or illness or as a substitute for consulting with a physician or other appropriately trained and licensed health care professional. Artisan Aromatics is not responsible for any adverse effects resulting from the improper use of any suggestions, products, preparations, or procedures mentioned or from attempts to follow historical reports of a plant’s uses. Please note that essential oils do not necessarily have the same properties as other types of herbal preparations of the same plant and since essential oils are the most highly concentrated type of preparation made from plants, they can have toxicity issues not arising from use of other types of herbal preparations of a given plant.Essential Oil Safety Considerations