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A2Z 2020 — essential oils — B — Bergamot

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Bergamot oil was a key remedy in Italian folk medicine and from the 16th century appeared in a number of European herbals as a febrifuge and antiseptic. It became popular as a perfume in Napoleonic times and was a key ingredient of the classical toilet water Eau-de-Cologne. It is still used in perfumery today as a harmoniser and it provides the delicate yet distinct aroma to Earl Grey tea. — Materica Aromatica


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Bergamot (citrus bergamia)

Plant appearance: an evergreen tree grown that can reach 13 feet tall; it produces white flowers and a fruit that resembles a pear-shaped orange. The fruit is green and turns to yellow when ripe. (description from Plant Village)

Part used: rind

Therapeutic uses: aromatherapy, acne and other skin issues, an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, stress, lowers cholesterol

healthline.com says:
Precautions

  1. Bergamot should not be used full strength or placed directly on the skin, as it will cause irritation. Add a few drops to a carrier oil or into your recipe, as directed.

  2. Bergamot should not be swallowed. External use only.

  3. Bergamot may cause photosensitivity – don’t go in the sun wearing it

  4. General precaution – don’t use essential oils if pregnant (without researching first!)

GRAS — Generally Recognized as Safe by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

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bergamot essential oil
RECIPE


Moisturizing Bergamot Hand Cream
–from sheknows

Supplies:

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 10-15 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon wax pellets
  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
  • 3/4 cup sweet almond oil
  • 1-2 vitamin E capsules, broken open and liquid added to the mix (discard the shells)

Instructions:

  1. In a large microwaveable bowl, add the wax pellets, shea butter, sweet almond oil and vitamin E oil. Microwave for about three minutes (or until the wax pellets have melted).
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the water and essential oil.
  3. Add the water mixture to the first bowl after microwaving.
  4. Use a stick blender to blend the ingredients until smooth (you can also do this in a regular blender). If you have any remaining water, simply drain it off.
  5. Place in a glass jar with an airtight lid.

49 thoughts on “A2Z 2020 — essential oils — B — Bergamot

    1. Some local shops have some of the most popular, like geranium, lavender, ylang ylang, as well as the carrier oils. I tried scouring the internet for various ones, and that’s a crapshoot because one place I went to (Eden Botanicals) that a friend recommended to me, sent me two (expensive) bottles of what had the consistency of tar. I sent them back registered mail and now they refuse to respond, refund, credit, etc. I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt because of covid, but my hopes aren’t high. The other places (several) have been fine. I bought some oils through etsy (big sales places with good ratings) and unfortunately many through amazon. I am guessing you’ll have to go online for the wax pellets, but if you research, you might see if you can make your own with a candle?

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    1. Good question, Jim. I’m not sure how they infuse the bergamot into the tea. There are things called hydrolats, where the oil is added to water, then filtered to remove the oil but leaving the smell — and maybe its therapeutic qualities, depending on the oil — so I’m guessing that’s how it’s done.

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  1. Mmmm. One of my all time favourites. I think it must be tied to a good memory somewhere because my adoration is more than just a a simple appreciation.

    Last week Hubs bought me some Earl Grey but he got the kind without extra Bergamot so I thought I’d just buy some to toss in. Well. That was when I learned it was a citrus fruit and not a herb or root, lol. I had a good laugh at myself for that.

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    1. You could probably do the “hydrolat thing” with bergamot, but putting drops in water, then filtering it twice through a coffee filter. That said, when essential oils heat up they evaporate, so when you heated the hydrolat for tea it might destroy it…. Before consuming any essential oil (usually not recommended) make sure you research well.

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  2. I have used a lot of essential oils, but Bergamot is not one of them. It sounds like a spice, not a citrus fruit. My thought is that consuming bergamot in Earl Grey tea differs because it’s not the essential oil form? I never recommend consuming any essential oils but have read that people do that.

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  3. I have no idea of this essential oil. Basically every place has their essentials depending on the availability of natural fruits and herbs. I’m so glad you enlisted the precautions to be followed.

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  4. This is what I badly need these days. Due to Corona scare, I have been washing my hands more often to the extent that I will soon have OCD! And the result is the hands feel and appear dry and dull. I sure will make this at home once the lock-down is lifted and I lay my hands on the ingredients.

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