Cooking with Essential Oils - Bergamot

That characteristic flavor of Earl Grey tea? Yeah, that's bergamot! Bergamot is the most delicate of the citrus plants, requiring special climate and soil in order to thrive. Italians have used Bergamot for years to reduce feelings of stress and in soothing and rejuvenating the skin. In Greece, the unripe fruits are used as sweetmeats, eaten by the spoonful as a dessert or with coffee.

A peculiar looking fruit, with its bumpy green rind and lime green segments, bergamot means "prince of pears" and is Turkish in origin. This essential oil makes a lovely addition to confections and brings a level of sophistication to your baking.

Bergamot is unique among citrus oils due to its ability to be both uplifting and calming, making it ideal to help with anxious and sad feelings. It is also purifying and cleansing for the skin while having a calming effect.

In considering its emotional benefits, Bergamot essential oil is the oil of self-acceptance and relieves feelings of despair, self-judgment, and low self-esteem. Its cleansing effect on stagnant feelings and limiting belief systems make it helpful in supporting individuals in need of self-acceptance and self-love.

Possibly a wonderful support to those struggling with dieting or body image issues as it teaches individuals to let go of self-judgment by learning to love themselves unconditionally.

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