by Emma Peters October 22, 2017

Essential oils naturally enhance your health, positively affect your mood and can even add depth of flavour to your food. Every essential oil has its own unique benefits stemming from it's ability to cope in the environment in which it grew. They're liquid powerhouses ready to work however you need them to. This week, we check out the benefits of doTerra bergamot essential oil.

 

Believe it or not, citrus fruits aren't all created equal. Doterra's co-impact sourcing program, means that they not only know where the oils come from, they help sustain the growers and their communities by ensuring they're paid fair wages and have the best equipment. Doterra bergamot comes from a passionate family business in Sicily and Reggio di Calabria. This one of the most delicate, unique citrus fruits around and has been used in Italy and Greece for centuries as a relaxing, skin rejuvenating essential oil and even as a way to add a bit of flavour traditional foods. It's what gives Earl Grey tea it's distinctive flavour.

In terms aromatherapy and natural wellness though, bergamot essential oil is best known as 'the oil of self-acceptance'. It's both calming and uplifting, helping to soothe nerves and lift moments of low self-esteem by promoting optimism and confidence.

That's not where its uses stop either - bergamot essential oil works wonders on the skin too. Bergamot helps to soothe and purify problem skin, making it a popular ingredient in many cosmetics. Warning though, this oil is phototoxic, meaning it reacts with sunlight, so must be used with caution and avoid sun exposure after topical application.

Add a bottle of bergamot essential oil to your collection to stay happy, healthy and positively radiant.

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Uses for bergamot essential oil

  • Diffuse at work or at home whenever stress levels get a little too high for comfort.
  • Apply one or two drops to purify your skin in the shower and inhale deeply to make the most of its calming aroma.
  • If your tea stash is looking a bit lack-lustre, add a drop of bergamot essential oil to regular black tea for a quick and easy cup of earl grey!
  • Combine with fractionated coconut oil and apply to the soles of your feet at night for a calm, relaxing sleep.
  • Want to feel a little more refreshed in the morning? Add a drop to your favourite cleanser too.

Directions for use

  • Diffusion: Use 3 to 4 drops in your home diffuser.
  • Internal use: Dilute 1 drop in 120ml of liquid.
  • Topical use: Apply 1 - 2 drops to the area of your choice. Dilute with fractionated coconut oil to help reduce skin sensitivity if need be.
Emma Peters
Emma Peters

Emma Peters, organic makeup artist, creative director and founder of Belle & Sage, is committed to leading the conversation around beauty and wellness. With over twenty years of experience as a make-up artist, she knows you don’t have to sacrifice quality for clean.

She’ll help you find the what, learn the why, nail the how, and everything in between.

Letting you know more, wear better, and start making beautiful choices: from the inside, out.


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