This cooling, refreshing, anti-depressant essential oil is made from the rind of a citrus fruit, and is a key ingredient of the classic eau de Cologne. According to aromatherapists, it regulates the nervous system and helps us relax and feel more light-hearted. Don’t worry, be happy–with this deeply calming, luscious-smelling essential oil.
Bergamot is the essential oil of choice if you want to cool down and feel more carefree and happy.
You may be familiar with bergamot as the ingredient that gives Earl Grey Tea its distinctive taste and aroma. But if you always thought bergamot was an herb, you’ll be surprised to learn that it is actually a small citrus fruit, and that the oil is taken from the rind while it is still unripe. Bergamot has a sweet, fresh, fruity-citrusy scent, which may explain its popularity as a perfume and an ingredient in toilet waters, ever since the Napoleon era.
According to aromatherapists, bergamot is not only calming, but also helps us to feel more light-hearted and carefree. It is also the ally of choice for helping to unblock stagnant chi, or energy, releasing pent-up emotions, especially anger. So the next time you feel stressed or tense, uptight or mad, remember bergamot: a few drops in a tepid bath or sniffed on a hanky will help you feel calmer, cooler, more relaxed and cheerful.
Inspired by Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, by Gabriel Mojay (Inner Traditions, 1997).