LOVELY ZEN BERGAMOT!
Latin name: Citrus bergamia Sourced: Italy Production: The green rind is Cold Pressed
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Bergamot is a sweet and subtle, lesser-known citric essential oil that people simply love! Bergamot takes its name from an Italian city, Bergamo in Lombardy (although the Greeks say it comes from a Turkish word meaning “the lord’s pear.”) The Italians have used Bergamot in folk medicine for years, in particular for fevers and as an antiseptic. It also helps restore the spirit! Bergamot has been long used in perfumes (and in Napolean's time, it was the trendiest to wear as a perfume.)
Bergamot is well regarded as an analgesic oil (that is, capable of reducing or eliminating pain), with its main constituents linalool and d-limonene (found also in lavender) and very well-researched.
- It is also a proven anti-inflammatory for such pains as arthritis, stiffness, stress and headaches because of the same constituents.
- Not only is it anti-bacterial (like most essential oils), it has proven well against antibiotic-resistant bacteria in clinical tests. The Journal of Applied Microbiology published that Bergamot oil can produce positive results against Enterococcus faecium and Enterococcus faecalis bacteria, resistant to the potent antibiotic vancomycin. These enterococcal species are a common source of a variety of infections, including urinary tract infections (UTI), bacteremia, endocarditis, and meningitis.
- In a study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Italian researchers have proven bergamot essential oil's amazing antifungal properties when used as a topical remedy for infections brought by candida fungus strains.
It’s an anti-depressant and helps bring you out of the doldrums. It is a happy scent that is bright – I diffuse it once in a while and always enjoy the experience.
- Bergamot is also known to help with abdominal cramps and digestive discomfort such as excess gas.
Feeling down or depressed? Bergamot is an essential oil that can help counteract depression and is known for supporting emotional health.
HISTORICAL ANECDOTES: An essence extracted from the aromatic skin of this sour fruit is used in Earl Grey and Lady Grey teas, and in the confectionery Turkish Delight. It is often found in marmalade in Europe (especially in Italy). It is said that Columbus brought bergamot from the Canary Islands to Italy. In Napoleonic times, it was trendy to use Bergamot as a cologne or perfume!
WARNING: Bergamot, like all citrus essential oils, is phototoxic. That is, don’t use it and then go into the sun (for instance, you used in an oil or cream on skin that will be exposed to the sun.)
HOW TO USE:
1) Like many essential oils, it’s lovely to simply breathe in. Inhale directly from the bottle; diffuse it; put some drops on a cotton ball, cloth or personal inhaler, and breathe in. It is uplifting and can help your mood.
2) Bergamot Blends Well with Others! Bergamot blends very well with florals (such as Neroli and Rose Geranium), and herbals (such as Clary Sage, Rosemary and Lavender), and very well with Black Pepper/
3) Urinary tract infection: Add Bergamot oil to your sitz bath or hip bath to help prevent the spread of bacterial infections from the urethra into the bladder. It has shown great effectiveness against the specific bacteria that causes these infections.
3) Respiratory issues? Coughing? Bergamot is an anti-spasmodic and can help calm coughs.
4) Compress. Use a cold compress with some drops of Bergamot (or blend Bergamot and Lavender) for relief – from a headache to a strained ankle, or a warm compress for sore muscles. Use 2-4 drops of Bergamot (and if you want to add 2 drops Lavender) in a bowl of water, soak the compress in it, then wring it out and place on the affected area. Leave for at least an hour, or freshen as needed.
5) Lovely Recipe for an Anti-Depressant: Blend Bergamot with Lavender and Ylang Ylang.
6) Cleanse Fruits and Vegetables: If you are worried about pesticides on your fresh fruit and veggies, add 2-4 of Bergamot to have a gallon of water and cleanse! Then rinse.
ALWAYS REFER TO THE SAFETY TIPS HERE BEFORE USE.
REMEMBER THAT VIRTUALLY ALL ESSENTIAL OILS ARE ANTI-BACTERIAL, ANTI-VIRAL AND ANTI-FUNGAL, GIVING THEM SUPER POWERS!