Bergamot Medicinal Uses
Answered by: Conrad Richter
Question from: Ruth Buffalo
Posted on: June 17, 1998

How is bergamot used with medicines?

Bergamot is an aromatic plant that is usually thought of as a tea herb. Its spicy, citrusy flavour is reminiscent of Earl Grey tea. Also known as Oswego Tea, the infusion was widely consumed during as an alternative to tea sold by the British during the time of the American Revolutionary War.

Sometimes the leaf tips and flowers are added to salads and drinks for fun to add an Earl Grey-like flavour. They are also used to scent potpourris and add colour.

Bergamot does have medicinal uses. It induces perspiration, lowers fevers, and through its carminative action, aids digestion. It has been used for colds, fevers, headaches, gastric disorders such as flatulence, nausea and vomiting. Externally, the fresh leaves are applied to pimples and other skin eruptions. John Lust, in his book "The Herb Book" (available from Richters) recommends taking a tea brewed from the dried leaves or tops, 1 teaspoon in a cup of water. He says to take that one or two times a day.

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