A trip in search of Bergamot in Southern Italy!
Happily, we learned of a wonderful Bergamot producer in the "toe" of Italy, in the region of Calabria. So after an enchanting two days in Rome, we flew to Calabria, and continued by car along the Mediterranean Sea on a beautiful, twisting road through the small towns and sweeping inland landscapes of Southern Italy.
We found Giuseppe--or rather, Giuseppe found us!--huddled in our chilly hotel room (the south of Italy is COLD in early January!). He and his sister took us to their farm, where we were greeted by the family pig and acres of lush Bergamot orchards.
With a lot of body language and laughter (very little English is spoken here, and we're hopeless with Italian...), we learned about the process of abrasion and centrifugal extraction that creates Bergamot oil. We got to watch as each drop of essential oil came out of the pipes, and we grew more and more appreciative of the work and dedication Giuseppe--and all of the small essential oil farmers and producers--put in each day to provide the world with the beauty of these oils.
Winter is the perfect season for Bergamot and all of the citrus oils. They uplift our spirits, seeming to carry the scent of the sun with them! We've been filling our diffuser with Bergamot and Grapefruit frequently these days, and filling our senses with the joy of their aromas.
Here's one of our favorite diffuser blends to bring a little more sunshine into your day: