Bergamot as an Herb for Medicinal Uses
Extensively cultivated in southern France and Italy for a long time, it is believed the orange blossom of Bergamot is a symbol for marriage that originated there.
Bitter and aromatic, Bergamot has been used to relieve tension, as an antispasmodic and a digestive aid.
Bergamot has also been used to treat nausea and vomiting, and cold and flu relief.
Bergamot essential oil has been used in douches and sitz baths for vaginal infections and urinary infections.
In the past, the dried flowers were used in infusion form as a mild nervous stimulant.
Bergamot has been used as a carminative, rubefacient, stimulant, and relaxant, and as medicine against colds. Extractable thymol from Monarda is a strong antiseptic and is used against fungi, bacteria, and such parasites as hookworm.
Bergamot is use as an aphrodisiac. Just blend a few drops of bergamot oil with coriander, rose, jasmine and sandalwood oil. Use essential oils with carrier oil like almond. Dab drops of the mixture on your pillow and bed sheet to have a passionate night with your partner.
Bergamot oil when added to a warm bath helps to reduce muscle tension and therefore helps to reduce anxiety and stress. You can also pour a few drops in a bowl of boiling water and you will experience relief within a few minutes.
Bergamot oil when use as facial steam can help acne prone individuals. Just add a few drops of bergamot oil to the water that you will use to steam your face and you could be acne free for days. Topically bergamot can also help problem skin, especially when it is linked to stress - such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.
You can also use bergamot as a deoderant because bergamot oil is also antiseptic. For this use, you need to dilute the bergamot oil with oil such as almond or sesame to avoid irritating sensitive underarm skin.
Culinary Uses of Bergamot
In foods, Bergamot oil is used to flavor Earl Grey Tea; also hard candy, tobacco, some chewing gum, baked goods and desserts.
In Maine the swelling buds were used for food. Bergamot leaves when added to some recipes can help improve the flavor of pork dishes. The leaves are used in fruit drinks and the petals for decorating salads.
Lavender & Bergamot Cologne Recipe
A lovely, light scent at a fraction of the cost of most commercial brands.
1 cup rubbing alcohol
1/2 cup dried lavender flowers
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup distilled water
3 drops oil of bergamot
Pour the alcohol into ajar and add the lavender and olive oil. Cover tightly for 2 days, shaking occasionally. Discard the lavender flowers, then add the water and oil of bergamot. Cap tightly.
Do not use bergamot oil that contains bergaptene when exposing skin to the sunlight. Bergaptene turns toxic when exposed to the sun.
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