The Bergamot Ritual to Supercharge Your Day

The Bergamot Ritual to Supercharge Your Day

Jul 26, 2023Anthony Tori

You've probably heard me talk about how important hinoki is in my evening routine. Now, let me introduce you to my favorite morning addition: the sublime citrus-scented essence of bergamot.

Often, our mornings start with our phones taking charge, dictating the first sensory input of the day. But here's a unique and more mindful approach - greet your morning with the captivating scent of bergamot. This humble, greenish fruit, often mistaken for a lime or an orange, has a grander role to play in our lives.

In case you aren't familiar with bergamot, this incredible fruit is the result of a cross between a sour orange and lemon, or perhaps a lemon and grapefruit - the origins aren't entirely clear. It's native to southern Italy, more specifically the Calabria region, which still produces most of the world's bergamot oil. You've likely encountered bergamot's fragrance without even knowing it, whether in the famous Earl Grey tea or in various perfume compositions including our citrus heavy Uzzano.

My mornings begin not with the usual beeping of a smartphone, but with a single drop of bergamot oil at the top of my hand. Bergamot's scent profile is an intoxicating blend of sweet, citrusy, and slightly spicy notes - a true sensory wake-up call. And it's not just the smell that wakes you up. Studies suggest bergamot oil may help reduce anxiety and improve mood, making it the perfect start to any day.

As I breathe in this citrusy aroma, I transition into a 5-minute breathing exercise, gradually increasing the pace until I feel a slight light-headedness. This feeling, coupled with the energizing scent of bergamot, is my mini pre-workout before my actual pre-workout.

And here's a fun historical tidbit for you. The bergamot fruit owes its name to the Italian city of Bergamo, where the oil was first sold. The use of bergamot oil dates back to the 1700s in Italy, where it was used not just for its wonderful aroma, but also as a fever reducer and worm expeller. How's that for a multi-talented fruit?

If the thought of applying oils directly isn't appealing to you, or if you simply prefer to ease into this morning routine, you're in luck. Bergamot is the key ingredient that gives Earl Grey tea its distinctive flavor. It's a win-win: you get your daily dose of bergamot while enjoying a warm, comforting cup of tea.

So, there you have it. From providing a restful sleep with the calming scent of hinoki, to jump-starting the day with the uplifting aroma of bergamot, my day begins and ends with the help of scents. This approach to morning rituals has undoubtedly changed my perspective on waking up, turning it from a chore into a delight. If you haven't tried this, I encourage you to give it a shot. 

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