Updated: Sep 1, 2020
You may already be familiar with bergamot as it's highly prized in the perfume industry with houses like Givenchy artfully mixing an elixir to at the same time uplift and soothe.
The most delicate member of the citrus family, Bergamot is the oil of self-acceptance and gratitude. It derives originally from Italy where it has been used for thousands of years to reduce feelings of stress and soothe and rejuvenate the skin. It’s probably best known for providing the slightly citrus taste in earl grey tea. Its aroma has been described as an herbal-citrus with a soft floral undertone. It is high in limonene and linalool which explains its unique ability among citrus oils to be both uplifting and calming. There is a tremendous body of research coming from Europe on its use to naturally support those suffering with anxiety and depression with its unique biochemistry and aroma.
Enjoy bergamot by
· Diffusing a few drops in the classroom, at work, or in the home when stress levels are high or in the bedroom when insomnia or disrupted sleep occurs
· Apply to the skin while showering and inhale deeply to experience it’s calming aroma while enjoying its purifying benefits for the skin. Do not apply topically before extended exposures in the sun to avoid increased risk of a sun-burn
· Add a few drops to your favorite massage oil base like jojoba or grapeseed oil for a wonderfully nourishing after bath and before bed oil in the Fall
I use bergamot most often as recommended by noted Acupuncture Practitioner, Desiree Mangandog, by adding two drops of bergamot and two drops of grapefruit and applying to the solar plexus located between the belly-button and lower ribs also called the manipura chakra to boost self-esteem and confidence. This charkra is responsible for our feelings of personal power and may benefits from this intentional attention.
This is a delightful addition to your self-care ritual as we slip into Fall and shorter days of sun-light. Enjoy your beautiful oils until we meet again!
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