Essential oil of the month - Bergamot
Bergamot essential oil is often called “Nature's Prozac" due to its balancing, anti-depressant effect. Apart from its marked uplifting and harmonising effect on the emotions, Bergamot is also a powerful anti-viral, antiseptic and antibacterial agent. It is very useful for post viral “blues” following flu or colds, and has a particular affinity for the respiratory tract and the genito-urinary system. It is also beneficial in the aromatherapy treatment of skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis, and as a digestive aid along with most of the citrus oils.
In addition to its powerful therapeutic actions it is also one of the most popular unisex fragrances, and blends well with a huge variety of other essential oils. It was a major ingredient in one of the first recipes for the original “Eau de Cologne”.
A real “must have” essential oil for your aromatherapy collection! Remember it is one of the photo-toxic essential oils though and therefore should not be used on the skin prior to exposure to the sun!
Aromatherapy recipes using Bergamot essential oil:
Massage oil for eczema (for use on adults):
80ml Sweet Almond Oil, 10ml Hazelnut Oil, 5ml Avocado Oil, 5 Red Carrot Oil, 10 drops Lavender, 10 Bergamot and 4 German Chamomile. Shake well before use and apply regularly after a bath or shower. Patch test prior to overall use.
Uplifting vaporising blend:
5 drops Bergamot, 3 Geranium, 2 Benzoin.
Relaxing bath oil for stress, anxiety and sadness:
80ml Luxury Bath Oil, 15 drops Bergamot, 10 Lavender, 8 Ylang Ylang, 8 Geranium and 4 Neroli. Shake well before use and add 5-10ml per bath.