Thursday, March 17, 2016

Beautiful Bergamot!

Bergamot


Originating in Southeast Asia, the bergamot thrives especially well in Italy.  Bergamot is a plant that produces citrus fruit.  The rind or peel of the fruit is used int he production of the essential oil.  One of the more unusual uses for this oil is in the popular Earl Grey tea, as it is created by adding bergamot essential oil to black tea. (2015, Joyson)

Uses



  • Known for curing certain skin diseases
  • Fights mouth infections
  • Fights urinary tract infections
  • Known to relax and soothe nerves, anxiety, stress and nervous tensions
  • Antidepressant
  • Stimulant to wake you up!
  • Use first thing in the morning to feel energetic

Lore

Bergamot is believed to attract money.  A few drops in your wallet or purse is meant to attract money.  Also, it is used in the resolution of conflict (2013, Cunningham)


Bibliography

Joyson, A. (2015). Essential oils: The complete guide: Essential oils for beginners, aromatherapy and essential oil recipes. Place of publication not identified: Publisher not identified.

Cunningham, S. (1985). Cunningham's encyclopedia of magical herbs. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications.

Disclaimer - Bergamot is known to be photosensitive.  As is the case with all the citrus essential oils, you must keep them in a dark place.  Also, if used topically, they can cause your skin to become more sensitive to sunlight.  If ever you are in doubt, please consult a professional.