Sunday, December 19, 2010

Did you know Christopher Columbus brought Bergamot Essential Oil...

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) – This considered the number one essential oil for the nervous system.  Bergamot is very calming and soothing. It works well for stress-related skin issues such as acne and eczema.  It is also excellent  for general stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia.  If you are one of those unfortunate people who suffer from Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), this an excellent oil to try.
Did you know that bergamot is the most use fragrance in perfumes?  It usually used as a Base note in perfume because of its abilities to relieve anxiety and lift moods.

 It is believed that Christopher Columbus brought bergamot to Bergamo in Northern Italy from the Canary Islands.  A mainstay in traditional Italian medicine, bergamot has been used in the Middle East for hundreds of years for skin conditions associated with an oily complexion.  Bergamot is responsible for the distinctive flavor of the renowned Earl Grey Tea, and was used in the first genuine eau de cologne.  (Essential Oil Desk reference 4th Edition)

Uses for Bergamot oil:
Add 5-10 drops to running bath water.
Diffusion in an electric or candle diffusion
Or make a room spray by adding 10-20 drops in a 4 oz spray bottle filled with water.

Bergamot is highly phototoxic.  First of all, bergamot should not be applied directly to the skin.  Dilute Bergamot in a 50/50 dilution with a carrier oil such as olive oil, almond oil, or jojoba oil.    Another option would be bergapten-free bergamot.  Unfortunately, although its not phototoxic, it’s sedative properties are less affective. 

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