The benefits of bergamot far exceed what most people would even know or be acquainted with. I mean most of us know it as the oil that gives Earl Grey Tea its fantastic and unique flavor!
But the benefits of bergamot go further than we realize. Its antibacterial and antiseptic properties have made it popular for hundreds of years for skin conditions. In Oriental medicine, it is used to assist with the flow of vital energy so the digestive system can work smoothly.
Did you know that in Napoleonic times, it was trendy to use bergamot as a cologne and perfume? Yes, and today it is still dominantly used by the perfume industry in its “deterpenized” form.
By the way, when companies “deterpenize” this oil, they take out bergaptene which is what makes the oil photosensitive and therapeutic. The aroma is maintained so you won’t necessarily know by just the smell.
But without the monoterpenes the oil won’t be able to restore the correct information on a cellular level and thus will no longer be therapeutic.
Two of my favorite blends made with bergamot are Joy and Gentle Baby is great for pregnant moms and can also be used for stretch marks! And they both will help with postpartum depression.
What is the Genus Species? Citrus bergamia
Why is this information important? It is always a good idea to know your genus species of your essential oil, so you know what you are getting! Too many companies label essential oils generically which means none of us know what they are putting in the oils they sell to us!
What Part of the Plant is Used? Rind or peel
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that Columbus brought bergamot from the Canary Islands to Italy?
Where is the name derived from? It is thought that Columbus brought the tree back to Bergamo an Italian city in Northern Italy.
Why is this information so important? Its not, it’s just a fun fact!
What are the Plant Properties? Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antidepressant, anti-infectious, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, hormonal support and sedative.
What are the Documented Uses and Benefits of Bergamot? Agitation, anxiety, loss of appetite, colic, depression, indigestion, infections (herpes, cold sores, respiratory, urinary tract), inflammation, insect repellent, insomnia, parasites, rheumatism, oily skin stress and vaginal Candida.
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? Its sweet and fruity aroma is uplifting and relaxing.
What is the Spiritual Influence? The benefits of bergamot include the spiritual and emotional as well. Bergamot releases the need to be in complete control so that we can flow with life more easily.
When we can relax and trust the universe to handle details of any life situation, we release the fear of the unknown and become clear about our own mission.
Because this oil opens the heart chakra and is uplifting to the mind, it can relieve anxiety, stress and depression. Place on the heart to release this patterning and embrace relationships (self and others).
What Chakra is Affected? Promotes opening of the solar plexus and heart chakras.
What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Orange and green.
How do I use it?
Use diluted – 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: four part of vegetable oil). Then,
• Apply several drops (2-4) on location • Apply to chakras/vitaflex points • Diffuse, or
• May be used as a dietary supplement.
Can this oil be used for Pets? Yes, good for cleaning ears or helping with infection (dogs). Soothing yet uplifting oil that can relax pets, release anxiety and stress.
What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils when wanting healing results! Because it is apprvoed as a Food Additive (FA) by the FDA, food grade bergamot oil is readily available on the market. Please remember, these are not the same oils and are often adulterated (changed).
One of the benefits of bergamot oil is that it is generally regarded as safe (GRAS). However, it is recommended to not use this oil on children less than 5 years of age.
This oil can possibly result in skin irritation (dilution is recommended). Repeated use can result in extreme contact sensitization. Avoid direct sunlight or ultraviolet light for up to 72 hours after use.
Although it may be used as a dietary supplement, it is advised not to use it in this manner for children under 6 years of age.
Essential Oil Trivia?
Did you know that bergamot is a mainstay in Italian Medicine?
Did you know approximately half of women’s perfumes and one third of all men’s contain bergamot oils?
Wear bergamot oil on your wrists to use as a perfume and keep your heart open!
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