The Bergamot herb plant is native to America and are commonly grown as ornamental’s to attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. But is now very popular worldwide due to a number of uses in food, scent and alternative medicine. It is also know as Oswego Tea or Bee Balm.
Bergamot is related to the aromatic mint family and it well know for the leave to give citrus or lemon flavor and smell. It can grow to over 1 meter high with a variety of flowers that bloom with color ranging from a light pink to dark scarlet. Both the leaves and flowers have many uses.
With a savory and fruity flavor mingled with a fine aroma it proves to be very effective as a stimulant aiding and improving digestion. Bergamot has proven a good remedy in the curing of skin infections.
Internal use of Bergamot is used to relieve symptoms of colds, chest or throat problems and also for digestive complaints. Native American’s made a type of herb tea from Bergamot leaves for these particular ailments. The Bergamot herb you may be interested to know is not the source used to flavor Earl Gray tea. This comes from the Bergamot orange, a different plant that is a Mediterranean citrus fruit.
The bergamot leaves are used externally and found extensively in commercially produced fruit drinks. The very pretty petals are often used for food decorations, sometimes salads. Both the bergamot leaves and petals are put into baths and is said to revitalize the body.
Aromatherapy and use of essential oil is another side to the Bergamot. Essential oils are used in aromatherapy to treat anxiety or nervous tension. It also aids the urinary and respiratory systems.
Skin problems, especially those that are linked to stress, typically eczema, psoriasis and acne benefit from bergamot treatment. It is also effective for varicose veins, wounds and seborrhoea.
The properties of bergamot are beneficial to many ailments and compounds and potions have the following properties:
The natural source of the antiseptic Thymol mentioned above is the main active ingredient in modern commercial mouthwash formulas.
Finally, the bergamot herb plant can be grown successfully throughout Europe and Asia. It is great as an ornamental plant and grows best in full sun and will enjoy any soil that moist and well drained.