Essential Oils An Introduction - Day 1 Bergamot

Aromatherapy Awareness Week

June 11th– 17th sees the International Federation of Aromatherapists raising awareness of the benefits of aromatherapy.  Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils for healing. Oils can be used in massage, skin care, and inhalations. Aromatherapy can bring harmony to the mind. This is one of the reasons I use essential oils to create scent in my candles. As you burn our essential oil blend candles you get the benefits of the oils used so I thought I’d take the opportunity this week to share with you the background of some of the oils I use. Each day I’ll share a new essential oil and scented candle with you and talk you through the benefits you’ll get on burning it. You can discover the origins of the essential oils, their beneficial properties, and how they are used to create the hand poured scented vegan candles you enjoy. As with all our scented vegan candles there are only three ingredients, soy wax, essential oils, and a cotton wick so I am really giving you and inside peak at one of the main ingredients of my making process this week.


Essential Oil: Bergamot

Candle: Earl Grey Tea scented vegan candle

Day 1 - an uplifting start to the week with a good cup of tea so you're ready to face anything the week throws at you.


What is the Latin name for Bergamot?

Citrus bergamia

Where does Bergamot essential oil come from?

Bergamot oil is extracted from the Bergamot fruit from the tree of the same name. The Bergamot tree takes it’s name from the small town of Bergamo in Northern Italy where it was originally cultivated. The fruit has been used for hundreds of years in Italian folk medicine and Italy is still where the majority of Bergamot oil comes from today. The citrus fruit is pitted like a small orange, although it has a pear shape, and the oil is obtained from the rind of the fruit.

What does Bergamot smell like?

Light, delicate and refreshing. Like orange and lemon but slightly floral. Most famous for imparting a characteristic flavour to Earl Grey Tea, it is this that inspired the use of bergamot in our tea candle collection.

What are the properties of Bergamot essential oil?

Bergamot essential oil is uplifting, this is not to be confused with stimulating – it lifts the spirits but is relatively relaxing. This makes it excellent for sufferers of anxiety and depression. When burning our Earl Grey Tea candle you can expect the de-stressing qualities of Bergamot to take effect, tension will melt away and you will be left relaxed and uplifted.


What rooms should I burn my Earl Grey Tea scented candle in?

Because of it’s soothing and uplifting effect Earl Grey Tea is a great scent to burn in the daytime in the living room. When anyone first smells this scent they visibly relax and let out a sigh as tension is alleviated, imagine starting your day like that. It’s also a popular scented candle to burn whilst lingering in the bathtub or taking an invigorating shower in the evening, the bergamot de-stresses you after a long day.  

Who enjoys an Earl Grey Tea scented candle?

The beauty of bergamot being a citrusy fragrance is that it is pretty universally appreciated, loved by men and women equally. It’s inoffensive and therefore a safe bet of a scent, especially if you’re buying a gift. Whilst it definitely appeals to drinkers of Earl Grey Tea I have had a number of people who aren’t tea drinkers delighted by the uplifting scent. Need a pick me up? The Earl Grey Tea candle is the scent you’re looking for.

Inspired by bergamot and want to get your hands, and noses, on the Earl Grey Tea candle?

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