Essential Rolodex: Bergamot

Essential Rolodex: Bergamot

Bergamot (citrus bergamia) is natively from the Calabria region of Italy, although some research places its origin in Greece. Either way, what Italian or Greek horticulturists will agree on is that Bergamot is a delicate citrus plant and requires special climate and soil to thrive. The rind or peel is cold pressed to create the essential oil, which can be used therapeutically and is also blended with black tea to create the infamous, aromatic Earl Grey tea.

Bergamot’s citrusy aroma may offer up a bit of mystery… does it resemble lemon, lime, orange? In my studies of bergamot, some research suggests it is a hybrid of sour orange and lemon, while others consider it a mix of sweet lime and bitter orange. I find the aroma to be unique in its own right, with a delightful hint towards lemon-lime. Beyond Bergamot’s awesome aroma are the plethora of potential health benefits, thanks to its primary chemical constituents: Limonene, Linalyl acetate, and Linalool. These bioactive friends provide cleansing and purifying benefits for body, mind, and mood. Consider using Bergamot to help soothe and rejuvenate the skin, reduce feelings of stress, enhance qualities of self-acceptance, settle a cranky tummy, and/or relieve occasional coughing.

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Essential Rolodex: Basil

Essential Rolodex: Basil

When you think of Basil, you may also start to muse (or drool) about yummy pesto meals, Caprese salad, or a Margherita pizza. Yet, Basil (Ocimum basilicum) hosts a wealth of mind/body benefits beyond the garden and kitchen. Basil is considered the Oil of Renewal and supports our ability to increase our natural energy. When our emotions, mind, or bodies are alerting us with signals of fatigue and burn-out, Basil oil can effectively induce emotional buoyancy and resiliency to help reduce mental and physical strain or feelings of weakness.

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