Earl Grey Tea was first originated in China but has become the most popular tea in the West because of one factor. Did you know that Bergamot is responsible for the distinctive flavor in Earl Grey Tea? Bergamot adds a new citrus twist to the original bold flavor of Grey Tea which provides a calming and soothing feeling.
Christopher Columbus is believed to be the first to have brought Bergamot to Northern Italy from the Canary Islands and has been used in the Middle East for hundreds of years for skin conditions associated with an oily complexion.
Another Oil for Oily Skin Type with Many Uses
In fact according to AromaTools Blog and organicfacts.com not only is Bergamot powerful in skin care and providing a calming feeling on the mind and body but also in the following other areas:
Bergamot is a great aid in indigestion reducing constipation and loss of appetite. Helps scars and other marks, acne
Bergamot relieves colic, flatulence, cold sores, urinary tract infections and cystitis. Treat coughs, respiratory infection, sore throat, insect bites, and nervous tension. Cures the infections of the colon, intestines, and kidneys.
Beneficial for treating wounds (promotes faster healing) and prohibiting infection, herpes, acne, eczema, itching, and cracks. The benefit of this oil is that it is recommended for those who have an oily skin type and will not clog pores.
Bergamot was used in Italy to relieve fevers, lowers body temperature, protect against malaria, and expel intestinal worms.
The French use it to calm agitation and relieve rheumatism
Its uplifting and refreshing aroma is energy-giving and mood-lifting, feelings of freshness, joy and energy. Aides against insomnia
It can also be effective as a deodorant or dietary supplement.
Stimulate hormonal secretions helping maintain proper metabolic rates.
Helps with neurological and mental conditions
If used in bathing water and soaps then the skin and hair remains protected from infections and becomes shiny
Reduces the feeling of pain in the body (helpful in headaches, sprains, muscle aches replacing analgesic pills)
Mouthwash or used on infected teeth, protects against cavities
Relief for cramps, convulsions, muscle contractions
Aides in chronic coughing, respiratory conditions, as well as asthma
Ongoing studies suggest that Bergamot Essential Oil may be able to eliminate the formation of gall stones, protect against halitosis, bronchitis, and diphtheria.
As always a few words of caution: Bergamot oil must be protected from sunlight, because bergaptene, one of its components, becomes poisonous if exposed to sunlight. That is why the oil should always be stored in dark bottles in dark places. Exposure to sunlight should even be avoided after it is applied or rubbed onto the skin, at least until it absorbs into your skin.
Recipes to Endulge Yourself
homemade sunscreen courtesy of caitsrootedarrows in her blog on wordpress.com:
Safe for the babies!
2 TBS bees-wax
2 TBS Shea Butter
2 TBS zinc oxide
3/4 cup coconut oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
8 oz jar (Use a glass mason jar but if you have small children it may be better to purchase a squeeze bottle maybe like these.
1) I added the bee’s wax, shea butter and coconut oil together in a double broiler. I put it on a low heat and wait for it all to melt completely. This can take a little while so be patient.
Remove from heat and add the zinc oxide and mix completely.
Allow the sunscreen to cool down to warm before adding the essential oils since the heat can damage the benefits of the oils.
Carefully pour your sunscreen into the jar of your choice, let it cool completely and you are ready to go! It should be about SPF 30+ from what I have read the zinc oxide gives the most, but the coconut oil, Shea butter and the lavender also have a natural SPF.
Bergamot Bath Oil courtesy of sherizag in her blog on wordpress.com:
Perfect ending to a shower/bath and shelf life is about a week unless you keep it in the fridge between washing.
¼ cup coconut oil
⅛ cup 100% shea butter
⅛ cup cocoa butter
1 TBSP liquid oil (avocado, jojoba, grape seed oil, etc.)
1 TBSP aloe vera pure extract
10-15 drops Bergamot essential oil
Combine the coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter and heat it together on low until just melted
Remove from heat and let it cool down for 20 minutes in the fridge
Add the cooled down mix to a stand mixer and begin to whip the mix
Add the aloe vera, liquid oil and essential oils to the whip. Whip until soft peaks start to form (about 15 minutes)
Store in a pretty container and put it back in the fridge if you prefer a solid bar, or place on your counter if you want it to be soft and creamy
These deodorant recipes are given in courtesy of dreamingearth.com and you can find more recipes for deodorants that are not mentioned below.
Basic Baking Soda Deodorant
½ cup of coconut oil
¼ cup baking soda
¼ cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder
10 drops lavender or Bergamot essential oil
Directions: 1. Warm the coconut oil in the microwave (using ten-second intervals) or in the top of a double boiler just until it melts. Heating coconut oil this way will not destroy the Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA) that make it antimicrobial, but you can skip this step—it will just make blending and pouring a little harder.
2. Stir in the baking soda and the cornstarch or arrowroot powder (you can find arrowroot powder at most natural foods stores).
3. Making sure the mixture is not too warm, add the lavender or bergamot essential oil. You can also add 5 drops of tea tree oil, which has antibacterial qualities.
4. That’s it! Now pour the mixture into a recycled deodorant dispenser for easy application or into a lidded jar to apply by hand.
If you have extra sensitive skin then you can use 1/3 cup unrefined coconut oil and to keep it from melting for a longer shelf life you can add 1 Tbsp beeswax
Bergamot oil is unique due to the mere fact that it is great to use on the oily skin type and with it’s distinctive citrus aroma and flavor for perfumes and colognes. I am going to start making more homemade products in my household to save me money. How about you? Check out my next blog and please message me of any other uses that you use Bergamot for.