In the world of essential oils, there are countless plant-based compounds capable of providing a healthy boost to your daily routine.
While these concentrated plant compounds may not necessarily have the same effect as targeted supplements or natural medications, they are extraordinarily powerful, which is why it is always recommended to use with caution and to dilute them with fractionated coconut oil or other carrier oils whenever possible.
Essential oils are also the original flavorings for food products, as opposed to the synthetic concoctions many products utilize nowadays that in many cases have not been adequately tested for human safety.
They are also used in a variety of health food products: including a surprisingly popular type of tea that often includes the oil of the rind of a fruit from the dwarf variety of a specific type of orange tree, also known as bergamot.
The tea in question, Earl Grey, is a blend that originated in China but was popularized in the Britain. And it could be one of the most effective ways to fight stress and anxiety when taken consistently, in large part because of the use bergamot — in organic and high quality formulas, to be exact.
Essential Oil in Popular British Tea Helps to Reduce Anxiety, Fight Stress
Bergamot oil is one of the most obscure of all of the essential oils, but its ability to fight anxiety while reducing stress and fatigue is quite palpable, to say the least.
According to a 2013 article published in the journal Current Drug Targets, bergamot essential oil can relieve depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders, as it signals the brain to release dopamine and serotonin, the two “feel good chemicals” that make life especially worth living.
Another small study published in the journal Trusted Source done on women in Japan found that inhaled bergamot oil mixed with water vapor reduces feelings of anxiety and fatigue, according to a report from Healthline.com.
Bergamot Oil Also Reduces Pain and Inflammation
In addition to the above benefits, this oil, which is often used to flavor Earl Grey tea bestowing its unique hints of earthy orange flavoring, can also help to reduce pain and inflammation.
Compounds found in bergamot oil called Linalool and carvacrol both have analgesic, anticonvulsant, and anti-inflammatory capabilities when used in a variety of ways including applying them to the skin.
The flavonoids found in bergamot oil also may reduce blood lipid levels, along it to potentially lower cholesterol, according to a 2016 study by the journal Trusted Source and other 2018 animal study in the same journal affirming the finding.
It also may have an anti-inflammatory effect in the livers of rats recovering from nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
Fatty liver disease is a borderline epidemic in the United States compared to other countries, and many researchers suspect that the over-consumption of sugars, especially the fast-dissolving high fructose corn syrup, are responsible for these health issues.
Considering these potential benefits of bergamot oil, it may be a good idea to consider adding organic Earl Grey tea to your morning or midday routine.
While a report from WebMD casts doubt on some of these benefits including anxiety and fatigue related ones, users of the oil from the popular company doTERRA report that it is excellent for aromatherapy purposes, especially its calming properties.
It is also recommended to try applying Bergamot oil to the feet before bedtime, utilizing it in a diluted formula with doTERRA fractionated coconut oil for a “calming and relaxing massage.”
It also works as a handy “DIY skin cleanser” according to the website.
As always, consult a holistic-minded health professional before adding bergamot oil or any other similar supplement or essential oil to your daily routine.