Love what you learned about Anise and Basil in last month’s edition of Essential Oils A to Z? Prepare to be amazed with the wonders of Bergamot and Birch!
With its origins in Italy, Citrus bergamia is cold pressed from its peel to create this fresh and sweet oil. Bergamot is a top note oil that combines well with Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Mandarin, Nutmeg, Orange, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Vetiver and Ylang Ylang.
Did you know that Bergamot is a main ingredient in one of the world’s most popular teas? Earl Grey. It is no wonder, as this oil is stimulating and helps promotes positivity and contentment, while also aiding digestion. If you are looking for a soothing bath blend that also contains disinfecting and antibiotic properties, Bergamot is a great addition. I recommend adding a few drops (or you can use our pre-formulated Anxious Blend) to homemade bath salts or bath bombs, as this utilizes its pain relieving properties too. Additionally, the distinct and pleasant aroma of Bergamot makes it wonderful to include in homemade perfumes and deodorants.
There are two varieties of Birch that are used to make essential oils, Betula Pendula (White Birch) and Betula lenta (Birch Sweet). We use the latter. The plant is steam distilled to produce an oil with a sharp, sweet, camphoraceous aroma that is reminiscent of Wintergreen. Birch Sweet is a top note oil that combines well with Frankincense, Lavender, herby and woody oils (like Rosemary and Sandalwood), sweeter citruses (like Sweet Orange), and spice oils (like Black Pepper).
Birch Sweet has a wide range of uses, but one of the most common is for muscle and joint health, as it can promote increased blood circulation and help remove toxin build-up. Its antispasmodic and analgesic properties help relieve minor pain in the muscles and head. Used in very small doses, Birch can also help tighten skin, reducing the appearance of normal wrinkles and stretch marks.