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SLP 60: Self Love Quicky – Bergamot
25, Mar, 2021
Bergamot – Citrus bergamia
This week we take a look at the amazing essential oil of Bergamot. A skin tonic, nerve relaxant and digestive aid this beautiful oil is also a fantastic skin booster. Learn what essential oils it blends well with and how you can incorporate them into your daily self-care rituals for health and wellness.
Bergamot is a small citrus fruit that is native to southern Italy. The fruit itself is very sour so is primarily grown for its essential oil. It is said to have been named after Bergamo, an Italian town in Lombardy where it was originally thought to be sold. The aroma is sweet, refreshing and slightly herbaceous and is one of the most popular oils used in the perfume and eau de toilette industries.
Traditionally, in Italian folklore, it was used to treat fever and worms and in the prevention of malaria. Today it is also used as an ideal antiseptic wash over wounds, sores and acne. Combined with oils like Tea Tree, Lavender and Sandalwood it makes an excellent winter remedy to help in the prevention of colds and flus and is particularly effective in helping to inhibit cold sores, chickenpox and shingles.
Bergamot is an excellent skin tonic, especially when blended with Rock Rose as it can help relieve conditions associated with chronic stress like eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. It can help calm emotional states and nervous conditions connected to eating disorders like anorexia or overeating. It is also an excellent digestive aid when blended with Peppermint, Fennel or Ginger then massaged over the abdomen to help reduce bloating and indigestion.
One of the most precious qualities of this oil is that it can assist in balancing nervous anxiety and stress and can help to dispel those butterfly feelings as they arise in the tummy. It combines beautifully into a massage blend with Lavender, Chamomile and Neroli as a support to the common Bach flower ‘Rescue Remedy’. Bergamot helps to address fears and insecurities and is ideal to use daily in a vaporiser or Diffuser so everyone receives its many benefits.
Due to the amount of bergaptene in this oil it has been found to be phototoxic on the skin when exposed to UV light. The application of undiluted oil can lead to unwanted, spotty discolouration of the skin, which can take months to heal. Avoiding exposure to the sun directly after a bath or massage is recommended.
If you ever make an aromatic blend of essential oils and do not like the smell as much as you had hoped, Bergamot is the best oil to help turn the blend and make it more palatable to the nose. The best part is one or two drops may be all that is required to completely lift it.
Bergamot helps to bring about a sense of ease and is said to help those stuck in the past. It has very warming, strengthening qualities, which can be helpful in regaining self-confidence. Even though it is a gentle, calming and somewhat relaxing oil, it can also be very uplifting and harmonizing.
Apart from its medicinal and therapeutic application, and its addition in perfumes, it is also well known in cosmetics as one of the main flavouring agents for Earl Grey Tea.
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