Today we look back to a post about one of our favorite oils: Bergamot! We love to diffuse this happy oil with Lavender or Peppermint for a calming, uplifting mood!
Have you ever savored a cup of Earl Grey or Lady Grey tea? There is an orangey flavor that gives the teas their characteristic pungency. That flavor comes from bergamot (Citrus bergamia), a very sour member of the citrus family. Bergamot fruits aren’t fit to eat, but they can be used to produce an essential oil that has a variety of health benefits. (The following information comes from Liz Fulcher of the Aromatic Wisdom Institute.)
Bergamot is emotionally balancing. It relaxes and uplifts and can help with insomnia and anxiety. It can reduce soreness in the muscles and is antispasmodic. It can also help with sickness as it combats viruses and fungi and strengthens the immune system. It can also help with digestive issues.
A word of caution, however: bergamot is phototoxic, which means that when exposed to sunlight, it will burn the skin. Don’t use bergamot…
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