A little about Bergamot!

🌿Bergamot is a wonderful oil. Highly valued particularly for it’s emotionally uplifting and antidepressant therapeutic properties; if I’m making a blend for a client to help with any emotional turmoil, anxiety, generally feeling down, lacking in confidence etc, I’ll almost always add Bergamot. ⁣
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⁣📚”Bergamot lightens the shadows of the mind, bringing illumination & laughter” Valerie Ann Worwood tells us in “The Fragrant Heavens”. I love this quote. So true!
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⁣☀️Extensive research has shown that it’s particularly effective in the prevention & treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Another reason why I like to add it to a lot of blends, particularly at this time of year. ⁣
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⁣🤓In one of @tisserandinstitute research papers we read how it has been proven (in various studies conducted) to reduce work related stress, anxiety, stress induced disorders ⁣
⁣& plays a part in the reduction of the stress hormone cortisol. ⁣
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⁣☕️You may recognise the scent if you drink Earl Grey tea, it gives it its distinctive flavour. ⁣
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⁣🙌🏼 Other therapeutic properties of Bergamot include being antiseptic, and useful in the treatment of certain skin conditions. A word of caution though... don’t apply to the skin before going out in the sun as it is can be photo toxic depending on the variety you use. ⁣
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⁣👔If you wanted a bottle of oil to put on your desk as you worked to get you through the day, Bergamot would be a great choice. In my days of doing corporate chair massage I would give a tissue with a drop of the oil for my clients to take with them after their massage so any time they felt under pressure or a little frazzled they could give it a sniff! ⁣
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⁣💚In terms of blending I find it adaptable and useful. It works really well with florals ( lavender, geranium, chamomile, jasmine, rose etc), as well as spices (cardamom, ginger). It gives a lovely fruity note to woody /pine blends too ( eucalyptus, Myrtle, sandalwood & vetiver) and it complements other citruses brilliantly too.

 


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