Bergamot is a small citrus fruit originating from Italy. Its uplifting scent can help lift one’s spirit and put anyone at ease.
Scent: citrusy, fresh, rejuvenating
Therapeutic properties: bergamot makes a great air freshener, as it has antiseptic and anti-viral properties that may protect against airborne bacteria.
Emotional healing properties: calming and anti-depressant. It can help ease and release the symptoms of depression, improve moods, ease anxiety, and help one heal through grief. The scent can also help stimulate and regulate one’s appetite.
Skin healing properties: bergamot is a lovely essential oil to use in a facial oil blend to help heal acne. It is also blends well with other calming essential oils to make a massage oil that is helpful in calming down any stress-related skin condition.
**Please note: citrus essential oils cause photosensitivity in skin. If you are going to use citrus essential oils in a facial or massage oil, wait at least 6 hours after using it before going out in the sun (citrus containing facial oils or massage oils are best used at night). Never use essential oils undiluted (or neat) on your skin.
Peaceful Moon Massage Oil Blend
1 glass bottle with cap or pump
1 ounce of a light weight carrier oil—any of the following oils will work nicely: sunflower, grapeseed, sweet almond, jojoba, apricot kernel, hazelnut, rosehip seed, or sesame
5 drops of lavender essential oil
3 drops of geranium essential oil
2 drops of bergamot essential oil
1 drop of clary sage essential oil
1 drop of Roman chamomile essential oil
Directions: slowly drop the essential oils into the empty bottle, and gently swirl the bottle between your hands to mix the essential oils together. Then add the carrier oil to the bottle, cap it, and shake well before using. Gently massage this oil into your skin before bedtime for a relaxing ritual to aid in a peaceful and restful sleep, or use after a bath or shower to moisturize and lightly scent your skin.