Aromatherapy Monday: The Basics & Bergamot

I am kicking off this new blog with a fun subject! Aromatherapy.

a·ro·ma·ther·a·py/əˌrōməˈTHerəpē/
Noun:
The use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils in massage or baths.*

I started my interest in aromatherapy about 7 years ago,even before I went to massage school. Always one to try the natural way of healing first, I bought some of the basics and a little book and that’s how my bath times began. I experimented with combos and tricks to help with colds, flu’s, and achey muscles. Once I started continuing education, I knew I was in it for life. Aromatherapy has been shown in studies to help with relief from anxiety and depression, as well as improve quality of life in patients with chronic health conditions.¹

Our Earth’s plants give us so much joy and relief in just a couple ounces of distillation. I want to share my and others knowledge with you so I am starting “Aromatherapy Monday”.

I will mostly focus on Essential Oils (EO’s) for their pure qualities. These “oils” come from peel, bark, petals, or roots. You may find that not every flower and fruit can be made into an essential oil. This is due to whether or not the plant has a certain gland that excretes the “oil”. However, there are still hundreds of aromatic and healing essential oils that we can cover.

The first Essential Oil is Bergamot (Citrus bergamia). It originates by distillation from the peel of a citrus fruit (Italy, Morocco). It’s is a popular one which can easily be found in dozens of perfumes, but it has more to it than just it’s spicy, citrus aroma. Here are some benefits²:

  • Relief of Tension or Stress, used as an anti-depressant
  • Soothes muscle cramps
  • Clears a cough from over production of phlegm

And next time, Reasons For Massage.

*Always dilute Essential oils into a carrier oil or a tub of water and make sure to do a patch test

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