Bergamot

Bergamot is a multi-dimensional oil and packs a lot of punch! It has a clean and fruity fragrance. It is unique among it’s citrus siblings, due to it’s ability to be both uplifting and calming. This makes it ideal to help with anxious and sad feelings. It is also purifying and cleansing for the skin while having a grounding effect.

Benefits:

-       Creates feelings of joy

-       Supports healthy circulation in the body

-       Aids in digestion and manage food cravings

-       Relieves stress and anxiety

-       Helps to release emotional pain

-       Soothes skin irritations

-       Fights bacteria

-       Supports Immunity

 

Therapeutic Compounds:

Limonene has numerous medicinal benefits demonstrated in human and animal studies. It is among a number of plant essential oils that have been identified as having antioxidant and anticancer properties.

*Also found in other citrus oils

Linalool acts in a number of beneficial ways on the human body. It has been used as a natural soporific, anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, and topical skin application for millennia. Insomniacs of the Renaissance kept parcels of lavender under their pillows, and it is still used for scar treatment today.

*Also found in Lavender

 

Uses:

-       To fight harmful bacteria and stress that can lead to illness inhale directly or add a few drops to a warm bath via Epsom Salts

-       Apply 1 – 2 drops onto your temples or wrists to relieve stress and anxiety

-       Rub 3 to 5 drops on abdomen to support digestion and regulate appetite

-       Apply to the bottoms of feet or along spine to improve mood  

 

Shower Scrub DIY:

One of my favorite ways to treat my skin is to make a shower scrub. This coffee scrub will definitely wake you up and get you off to a great start in the morning while helping nearly any skin issues you might be having: acne, eczema, or patchy dry skin.

Mix Together:

1 cup ground coffee

¼ cup jojoba/coconut/olive oil

10 drops Bergamot

*Optional: Add in 5 drops tea tree oil or peppermint oil for extra ZING!

Directions: Stand in the shower and rub this all over your body – excluding your face. Make sure that you focus on any troubling areas, and exfoliate generously. Turn on your shower, rinse and wash as you normally would. 

 

Research Studies:

Forty healthy volunteers participated in an experiment where blended essential oils (lavender and Bergamot) were applied topically to their abdomens. Compared with placebo, the blended essential oils caused significant decreases of pulse rate, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure, which indicated a decrease of autonomic arousal. At the emotional level, subjects in the blended essential oil group rated themselves as 'more calm' and 'more relaxed' than subjects in the control group. This finding suggests a decrease of subjective behavioral arousal and provides evidence for its use in medicine for treating depression or anxiety in humans. (Study: 2011, Srinakharinwirot University – Thailand)

Cancer research has continued to provide evidence that essential oils can help prevent and treat cancer. Chemoprevention is defined as the use of natural, synthetic, or biologic chemical agents to reverse, suppress, or prevent carcinogenic progression to invasive cancer. Some dietary factors affect cell signaling pathways in ways that inhibit carcinogenesis, including those that are found in essential oils containing Limonene. These oils (such as Bergamot) demonstrate chemopreventive effects in either animal or human cancer cell lines. (Study: 2006, Aggarwal & Shishodia)

 

Safety Tips:

As with any citrus oil, avoid direct sunlight or UV rays for 12 hours after applying. If you have skin sensitivities dilute with a carrier oil before applying topically. If you are nursing or pregnant consult a physician before starting essential oils.