“Bergamot, bergamot, bergamot

Where art though bergamot…”

Now, I have no idea why I’ve come over all Shakespearean it just popped into my head as I thought about the super oil!

I know you’re thinking ‘yeah, yeah, yeah just skip the distracting malarkey and skip to the good stuff like what this oil does!’

Don’t worry I’ll get there ASAP.

Firstly we need to delve into what the oil is and where it comes from (while it may not be instantly recognisable I do have a format to keep to…).

What is Bergamot?

bergamot - skin sensitivity.pngBergamot is a citrus fruit which means the oil is extracted by pressing it out of the rind/peel. It can be sourced from many different places but as far as we know was first used by the Italians.

Like all the citrus oils you have to be careful when using it topically because they make your skin photosensitive (sensitive to UV rays & sunlight).

All the A’s

  • Analgesic
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-infectious
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiparasitic
  • Antiseptic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Digestive
  • Neuroprotective
  • Sedative
  • Uplifting

What’s it for?

Most commonly bergamot is used for:

  • Brain Injury
  • Calming
  • Colic
  • Depression
  • Energy
  • PMS
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Stress (emotional, mental & performance)

How to use it:

You can use this oil in all three different ways – aromatic, topical and internally.

While you shouldn’t need a carrier oil when using it topically it’s best to have one close by in case you have a sensitivity. It’s also a good idea to target your systems through your foot reflex points because these very rarely come into contact with the sun (while we are in the UK and it seems as though we only have the sun for 2 weeks a year it’s important to remember that – just because it’s not ‘sunny’ it doesn’t mean the sun is not emitting UV rays.) Bergamot is the most photosensitive of all the citrus oils and you want to avoid the sunbeds, or sun exposure for about 72 hours to be on the safe side.

bergamot - in tea.pngIf you like a floral hint to your tea putting a drop of bergamot in (after you’ve taken the tea bag out), can be a great way to get it into your system.

For me, I tend to use this for its emotional properties but will definitely have a go rubbing it on my knees the next time they play up!

Have a great Tuesday & I’ll catch you on Thursday with the ‘Essential Oils for: A hangover’ post (just in time for Christmas J).

Catch you soon –

Katie x

p.s. If you’re open to learning how to use essential oils to do loads of other neat things and support your body and mind with everything it gets up to then click the link below to go to a free mini-wellness consult

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  1. It’s important to seek the advice of a professional before embarking on a new health regime.
  2. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
  3. This website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
  4. Essential Oils are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease
  5. Not all essential oils are of the same quality and it’s important you check with your oil brand whether you can use your oils aromatically (A), topically (T) and/or internally (I).

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