Opening the Apothecary, we introduce the essential oil Bergamot. You may be familiar with the distinctive taste of Earl & Lady Grey teas, flavoured by Bergamot and nearly ⅓ of all perfumes contain Bergamot.
Botanical name: Citrus bergamia.
Origin: Mainly Southern Italy & United States.
Part used: Rind of fruit.
Method of extraction: cold expression.
Type of plant: Small tree growing to 5 metres, has star-shaped white flowers & little yellow-green citrus fruits.
Aroma characteristics: Fresh, floral, spicy, light lemon/orange aroma, uplifting & very refreshing.
Blends well with: the Chamomiles, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Neroli, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose and Ylang Ylang
▪ analgesic ▪ antibacterial ▪ antidepressant ▪ antiseptic (pulmonary and genito-urinary) ▪ antispasmodic ▪ antiviral ▪ astringent ▪ calmative ▪ carminative (prevents & expels intestinal gas) ▪ digestive ▪ diuretic ▪ laxative ▪ parasiticidal ▪ rubefacient (promotes blood flow to skin) ▪ stomachic (improves the appetite) ▪ stimulant ▪ tonic ▪ vulnerary (wound healing).
Bergamot is a very uplifting oil to both body & mind, it is very helpful for dampening down anger, anxiety, depression, despair, grief, lack of confidence, nervous tension, negativity and worry, thus making it an excellent choice for stress-related conditions and depression.
Safety advice: Bergamot and other citrus oils are phototoxic which means they can cause skin sensitisation and skin discolouration in bright sunlight. These oils should be not be applied to the skin before direct exposure to sunlight.
All the essential oils highlighted in this column are available at The Emporium of the Enchanted Forest (inside the VaVa Yoga Studio), and you can explore our Apothecary and discuss any questions you may have with me, Ashlí.
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