Monday, March 29, 2010


Bergamot known as ‘Oswego tea’ is indigenous to Eastern North America and is a member of the Lamiaceae family. This highly fragrant plant grows 2-3 feet high. Flowers vary in color from pink to reddish and are in large curlicues on top of the stem. Dark colored leaves are rough surfaced and contain citrus flavor. Leaves and flowers form the consumable parts of the herb

Bergamot oil is useful in aromatherapy and aids in treatment of nervous tension, anxiety, and helps with the urinary tract and respiratory system. Topical application of the oil is considered to be good for skin problems like acne, eczema, and psoriasis. It is useful in wounds and swollen veins.

Bergamot is considered to be an expectorant, tonic, deodorant and anti-spasmodic. Additional properties include anti-anxiety, carminative, antiseptic .digestive, insecticide and analgesic. These properties help in ailments like nausea, vomiting, flu, cough, stomach upsets and sinus. Bergamot primarily acts as a stimulant and helps with digestion. Consuming Bergamot tea is known to provide relief in cold, throat and digestion problems. It can also help in chest problems, flatulence and insomnia.

Leaves are used for making refreshing herbal tea as well as a facial steam. Fresh as well as dried leaves and petals can be added to bathing water to have a refreshing and perfumed bath.

Bergamot leaves and flowers are widely used for its fruity flavor and aroma. They can also be used in fruit drinks and salads to add flavor as well as for garnishing. It particularly enhances pork recipes.

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