Essential Rolodex: Black Pepper

Essential Rolodex: Black Pepper

When I say SALT, you say… PEPPER!

Did you know Peppercorns are little spicy fruits from the vine of the Piper nigrum plant? And how in the Middle Ages, peppercorn was used as currency in some places and was as valuable as gold? Or that Pharoah Ramses had Peppercorns stuck up his nose as an embalming tactic? Whoa – that makes me want to sneeze! I love all the cool facts I learn when digging deep into the legends and science around plants and essential oils!

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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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