Bergamot: The Uplifting Benefits

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More than just offering an uplifting yet calming scent, bergamot oil is bursting with amazing benefits for our body and mind. The Bergamot fruit originates from Southern Italy and was named after the town of Bergamot in Lombardy, Italy, where it was originally sold. Usually the rind or peel of the fruit is used in medicine. The essential oil that comes from the peel is a golden green in color and has a thin consistency with a medium strength of odor. Bergamot oil is a main top note that’s been used in perfumery from many years. The aroma of the essential oil  is fresh, lemony and citrusy with a slight floral note.

 

The illnesses I see most fit when using bergamot essential oil is for Seasonal Affective Disorder(SAD). Personally for me living in Wyoming for 10 years I’ve dealt with SAD many winters. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. Usually symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months making you feel like your lacking energized and being less productive. Bergamot can work great to wake up your brain and transport it straight summer time! Bergamot is proven to help build the creation and flow of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin in the brain is thought to regulate anxiety, happiness, and mood. Low levels of the serotonin have been associated with depression. Diffusing bergamot in your home and applying topically with a carrier oil to pressure points up to three times a day can truly help aid you in your battle with SAD.

Bergamot can has many other benefits. Those dealing with skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, or even acne can apply bergamot essential oil mixed with a carrier to the affected areas to help heal and clear up their skin. Soaking a cloth in warm water with drops of bergamot in it and then laying it over your face can help diminish acne and blemishes and helps clear up skin complexions. It is important to know that bergamot is one of the most photo toxic essential oils and should never be applied before going out into the sun. People needing a metabolism boost can add a few drops of Bergamot to their water or tea. In China, Bergamot is added to Earl Grey tea to help with digestion. Anyone dealing with indigestion and gas could benefit from drinking this tea. You could also mix bergamot with other oils used to benefit digestion such as ginger and fennel and apply it topically to the stomach area whenever dealing with gas.

Like I stated before, bergamot is a great oil to help with the battle of depression and anxiety. Creating a blend of other calming oils with bergamot can be a great alternative to taking synthetic medicine for your depression.  The flavonoids present in Bergamot oil are very good relaxants as well. They soothe nerves and reduce nervous tension, anxiety, and stress. These help cure or treat ailments associated with stress such as sleeplessness, high blood pressure, insomnia, and depression. If its using Bergamot essential oil aromatically, topically, or internally there are immense benefits anyone can use to help guide them in the direction of a healthy lifestyle.

 

Laurin Murphy has been a licensed Cosmetologist since 2013 and  has been working with essential oils for two years. While working in the beauty industry she found that many products she used in the salon were packed with synthetic chemicals. From that she made it her goal to incorporate organic plant based products into her work as a Stylist. She began her research in the field of aromatherapy shortly after beginning work for a top Essential Oil Company in southern Louisiana. Her study and love of oils stems from the drive to live a healthier and plant based life style – excluding as many synthetic chemicals from her life. “I want to make people feel beautiful, but I want to go deeper than the surface. I want to make people feel good about themselves using products that are good for their health. I want all my clients to have a radiant glow that comes from within, because healthy is beautiful. Its saying this is the only body I was given in this life and I’m going to be appreciative and give it the love and nourishment it needs.”

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