The truth is, the Bergamot Orange isn’t the prettiest citrus on the tree. But its uplifting, slightly floral-y citrus scent makes it a natural for essential oils used in aromatherapy.

Bergamot Orange is what gives Earl Grey tea its enchanting fragrance and flavor. It’s a slightly different aroma from Neroli, also a citrus which has been used for centuries in foods and toiletries.

So what if the fruit itself isn’t actually orange (it’s a green-yellow when ripe), and the skin tends to be thick, dimply and a little puckered, unlike the wax-smooth rinds of citrus grown for their appearance and shelf-life at the supermarket? Not to mention the fact that the fruit of the Bergamot is sour–in fact, inedible.

The perfume of the ┬áBergamot Orange bursting into blossom this time of year is the essence of spring in the Mediterranean, and the essential oil extracted from its less-than-glamorous rind proves that looks aren’t everything, especially when it comes to aromatherapy–sunshine in a bottle for winter’s inevitable return.