Bergamot Essential Oil – Top Ten Uses

Welcome to another of Organica J’s Top Ten Uses! This month will be focusing on 10 helpful uses for Bergamot essential oil (citrus bergamia) .  When working as a clinical aromatherapist I often turn to bergamot when working with clients who could benefit from its gentle, but powerful uplift.

I remember very clearly using it on my own daughter when she was younger, on her chickenpox, blended along with tea tree and lavender to ‘dot on’ the spots. The spots come up and went very quickly and stayed very small. Many clients have used this blend containing bergamot essential oil for this since.

I also use bergamot as one ingredient in my Rose Heaven blend of essential oils. It is also in my personal favourite, Rose Heaven soap. I use bergamot in these products for its amazing power to uplift and calm.

1.  uplifting, can be helpful for anxiety and mild depression
2.  may be helpful for emotional stress with its sedative properties
3.  deodorising and cooling
4.  may be helpful for cystitis & urinary infections
5.  it has antiseptic properties and is good for minor wounds
6.  dispelling cold sores, helpful with chickenpox and shingles
7.  may help to regulate appetite (working with a professional aromatherapist)
8.  can be helpful for oily skin & acne

9. can be good for easing indigestion & flatulence

10. it is supportive of the grieving process

The Bergamot that I sell is from Italy (where the oil originated from). The oil is a lovely green colour and is produced by cold expression from the rind of the almost ripe fruit. The fruit is from the citrus bergamia tree. Bergamot essential oil has an exquisite citrusy, fresh scent.

Please note: do not use undiluted Bergamot on the skin, always use in low percentages in any blend that is to be left on the skin (ie not washed off, such as in soaps). Especially if used on skin that is to be exposed to strong sunlight. Wait at least 12 hours after application to the body before exposing your skin to strong sunlight. You can also obtain a bergaptene free bergamot oil.

If you feel this would be a useful oil for you, you can buy Bergamot essential oil here from Organica J.

For using essential oils for specific or complex medical problems always contact a qualified aromatherapist or check with your GP.

Experienced Chiropractor and Mentor

Chiropractor – Dr Nimarta Paul MSc (Chiro), MScApp (Paediatrics) DC FRCC

Dr Nimarta is an experienced bespoke Chiropractor and Mentor offers multidisciplinary services and care, for physical, emotional, nutritional and spiritual cultivation of health and wellbeing. 

Services include Chiropractic, Cranial-sacral Therapy, Applied Kinesiology and Nutrition, Genius Biofeedback Practitioner, Mentoring for exceptional living, Spiritual healing.

She lives and breathes for a greater world also specialising in helping mothers and babies have the greatest possible start in life with chiropractic care and love.

Helping Patients Achieve Optimal Health

Dr Nimarta Paul is passionate about life, health, and fitness, helping patients achieve optimal health and be the best version of themselves. She graduated in 2002 from Anglo-European College of Chiropractic University College and later completed Masters degree in the field of Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health.  Nimarta is committed to provide and support tailor made solutions for her patients healthcare journey.

As an experienced Chiropractor and health specialist, with extensive knowledge, understanding and techniques, which includes chiropractic neurology, rehabilitation, applied kinesiology and cranial-sacral therapy.  Nimarta cares for all ages of the community and family, including prenatal, pregnancy, paediatric and elderly. With additional focus on how to benefit from lifestyle and nutritional choices. 

 Having a special interest in pregnancy and paediatrics, Dr Nimarta aims is to provide a high level of care throughout pregnancy ensuring comfort and safety, including aftercare once your baby has arrived. 

In August 2005 Dr Nimarta was involved in a road traffic accident and had a near-death experience, waking up paralysed on her left.  Her dedication and passion for mind, body and soul healing has lead her to discover new holistic healing techniques.  Through her understanding and use of ancient holistic techniques she has no physical symptoms, see article in blog. This has lead her to develop, inspire and empower limitless abilities in her clients as a Life Performance Mentor.  

​Dr Nimarta travels the world attending the industry’s most influential seminars and training for her own professional and personal growth.  As an experienced navigator of life, Dr Nimarta mentors individuals, leaders and entrepreneurs to become a force for good living with passion and purpose. 

Based in Aberdeen, Scotland, Dr Nimarta also offers a virtual teletherapy service.

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Tarland Virtual Market

Saturday 26th September 2020, Tarland Virtual Market

The Virtual Market is being brought to everyone by the organisers of the successful bi-annual Tarland Market in September 2020 in response to the pandemic situation. This is to be a part, as it usually would, of the hugely successful Tarland Food and Music Festival. The full festival will run online from Friday 25th – Sunday 27th September. There is lots of things to enjoy including fabulous local musician, Paul Anderson, Check out the page here Festival Facebook page, where it is happening. The festival is in it’s seventh year, celebrating quality local food and Tarland’s thriving music scene. Join in the fun online!

Tarland is a simply fabulous, well organised market. So I am delighted to be invited to head online with everyone this year to Tarland Virtual Market.

For the last 20 years, Organica J has been a local producer of artisan organic aromatherapy skincare products.  From my base in Finzean, working as a clinical aromatherapist, with organic and wild-crafted ingredients, I have carefully created a wide range of products.

Organica J’s 20th birthday year has been an unusual one to say the least!!  I am lucky that I use a safe and secure separate workshop, where I wear the relevant protection to create the products that many clients use regularly.  So I have been able to carry on supplying everyone with what they need during this challenging time.

Many of my vegetarian friendly products are very soothing and helpful to manage skin that is under threat with so much hand cleansing. Starting with the organic nourishing, moisturising soap itself, (you can choose from 8 different soaps), through to treatments for already damaged skin such as the best selling Gardeners Hand Balm and Skin SOS Balm.

Skin SOS Balm 2020

These two products are made using our Comfrey Macerate, which can be so helpful for skin repair, blemishes and lots more.  We harvest comfrey from your local environment in Lower Deeside, from a private protected piece of ground.  Completely sustainably, using only the best of young leaves.  The whole process is done from leaf to jar, so you can guarantee top quality.  Using organic ingredients I also create Comfrey Ointment, Herbal Foot Balm, Reflexology Foot Balm from the comfrey macerate.

I also macerate my own calendula flowers from organically certified flower heads, here in Finzean. I use the Calendula Macerate to make the gentle and calming for inflamed skin, and skin prone to eczema and psoriasis – Calendula Ointment.

Aromatherapy can be a great tool to aid sleep and soothe frazzled nerves, calm and help find balance.  My two pulse point roller balls have been flying off the shelves. Restful Evening which can help with sleep and Nervous Exhaustion which can help to relax and balance.  These blends are also available in a Bath and Body Oil for using in the bath, after a shower as a body moisturiser and also for a home massage.  They are made with 100% organic ingredients.  I also stock a full range of mood enhancing organic essential oil blends such as Rose Heaven (balance & uplift), Love (soothe, relax, unwind), Meditation (reconnecting with peace) and more as well as a large range of single organic essential oils.

The Aloe Vera gel is made here in Deeside using our own fabulous Deeside Water, which has its own scientifically proven properties.  What better gel to use for soothing burnt skin or for other skin issues.  You can also use the gel to create your own products by adding essential oils of your choice.  I have done exactly that in creating my incredibly popular Muscle Rub and Midge and Mozzie Balm.  The first has been used by a large amount of local footballers, cyclists, runners and walkers. Clients also use it for achy muscles and joints from tension and other issues.   The second has been tried and tested over many years and found to be gentle and effective.

I guarantee a friendly first class service where every customer is important. 

You can find a wide range of Organica J’s products at local Aberdeenshire stockists:- 

Finzean Farm Shop;  

Corner Shop, Aboyne;

Buchanans Bistro, Banchory; 

Platform 22, Torphins;

Bee Cabin, Aboyne; 

Mains of Drum Garden Centre, Drumoak;  

Or for a postal service, you can order online at  

Further information can be obtained by emailing or call 01330 850257.

Join us at Tarland Virtual Market on Saturday 26th September 2020

Self Isolation Fitness and Wellbeing Advice Group

Organica J and Josephine Christie Fitness

My daughter, Josephine Christie, a Personal Trainer in Brighton, and I have set up our Self Isolation Fitness and Wellbeing Advice Group on Facebook.

The aim of  our Group is to help people to cope better with what we are all facing at the moment in this health crisis. When we both discovered that our businesses would be hard hit along with our many clients who are either working incredibly hard at the front line, or in their businesses or are finding themselves at home in lockdown and self-isolation. We wanted to do something that would provide them and everyone who wants to join us with some things that can help.


True Lavender Essential oil – Top 10 Uses

I have updated this top ten uses blog for Lavender that I did last year, as I feel that True Lavender is one of the most accessible oils that many of us have available at home, coupled with its incredible properties, and we can make the best use of it right now in this crisis, to help support ourselves.

True lavender (lavandula angustifolia) – I use it in my clinical aromatherapy practice and in my family for its antiseptic, anti viral, bactericide properties as well as for its better known properties as an anti-depressant, restoring, sedating and soothing, relaxing the nerves and mood.

Lavender can often be tolerated well on the skin too, and with the extra pressures on skin from being in an inside environment and on hands from rigorous hand washing, it can be helpful indeed. For use in the bath or in the body it is always best to blend the pure essential oil with a carrier oil a 1-2 per cent dilution is a good approximation. The lowest end of the scale for elderly, young (not below 3 years without specific advice) or frail.

Remember there are a lot of varieties of lavender, which have different properties and scents. I have found after much experimenting with other varieties from various countries, to use a French lavender, which I personally like best for therapeutic use and in my products for what I need from its properties, and with its soft, but powerful fragrance.

Lavender is an aromatic evergreen shrub and the oil is made by steam distillation of the flowering tops. It is colourless or pale yellow in colour.

I use true lavender in many of my products, such as my Gardener’s Hand Balm, Restful Evening Bath & Body Oil and Pulse Point Roller Ball , Lavender and Lavender flower Soap as well as being one of the ingredients in my Meditation Essential Oil Blend. It blends so well with many oils. I have used it recently in therapy blended with cypress, rose geranium, and mandarin.

True lavender pure essential oil organic
True Lavender pure essential oil organic

There are many different uses for true lavender oil, it has been used for a long time for numerous things, but I include what I view as my top 10 uses.  

1.  Can reduce stress and increase relaxation levels.
2.  For insomnia and disturbed sleep.
3.  Relief from muscular aches and pains.
4.  Can calm anxiety & eases fears.
5.   Easing headaches (rub one drop on temples) .
6.  Very helpful for minor burns.
7.  Relief from colds and flu.

8. A good insect repellant.

9. Helpful for pmt and menstrual cramps.

10. Can be used as an antiseptic on the body and in the home.

If you feel that true lavender would be a useful oil for you, you can buy it here.  There is also available a full range of other aromatherapy essential oils, with information on their uses available in the essential oil category on the website.  If you require further information on any oils, feel free to contact us by email or phone.

For using essential oils for specific or complex medical problems always contact a qualified aromatherapist or your GP.