Bergamot Essential Oil – Oil of the Month

January is often the month that people struggle most with, feeling down and the having the winter blues. 

Bergamot essential oil can lift spirits

So, what better essential oil to get into your life this month than sunny, citrusy bergamot!

Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot -Latin name Citrus bergamia is a greeny/yellow fruit, (a cross between a lemon and an orange), which grows on small trees.  Native to the tropical areas of Asia and now cultivated extensively in southern Italy, with almost 80% of the total world production:

Fresh bergamot on wooden background

This beautiful citrus fruit has been used in Italy for 100’s of years in folk medicine and for skin conditions.  It became a popular perfume ingredient in the 1800s and is the flavour of Earl Grey tea, a perfect ‘pick me up’ tea, which I often drink in the afternoon.

The essential oil is extracted from the peel of the fruit by a cold expression, its predominant chemical contents are linalyl acetate and alcohols including linalool and terpenes and furocoumarins.

Bergamot is known for its uplifting, joyful qualities, bringing a ray of light to the darkest times.  It seems to amplify light and energy and helps us to feel the joy inside us, lifting us to keep going and to look to the light.

Uplifting bergamot

Bergamot essential oil is analgesic, antiseptic, diuretic, digestive and a tonic.

Bergamot has been used in Italy for centuries for its insect repelling qualities, also for boils, bites, oily skins and cold sores.  It eases digestion and flatulence.  But it really comes into its own for the mind and spirit, for all stress related conditions and anxiety.

In perfumery, it is a fabulous, complex top note, a warm, soft, citrus aroma with floral and woody undertones.  It is very popular in both male and female perfumes and is wonderful ‘bridging’ oil for connecting citrus scents to floral, herby, spicy or woody notes. 

We love bergamot and it’s a keynote in quite a few of our products…

New Forest Aromatics Products that contain Bergamot:

organic hand wash hand body lotion gift setHand and Body Products
Sunny Day Room Products – candles, room fragrances and reed diffusers.

This wonderfully happy scent includes: Bergamot, May Chang, Ginger, Lemon and Patchouli.

sunny day reed diffuser

 

Revive Products –

The blend created for these products is designed to help you feel uplifted, refreshed and joyful.

The scent includes: Bergamot, Lime, lemongrass, Mint, Basil, etc

 

True Bliss Products –

The blend created for these products is designed to help you let go of the day’s stresses, relax, or meditate and feel pampered.

The scent includes: Bergamot, Frankincense, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Geranium

 

So give your January a little boost with a touch of Bergamot Essential Oil and lift your spirits.

Please note: As with all essential oils – always dilute first before applying to the skin and consult a qualified aromatherapist if you are uncertain of how to use or dosage.  If you have a specific allergy or contra-indications avoid use.

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