Bergamot is antimicrobial and soothing, so it’s often used to treat colds and flu. It also has a soothing effect on the digestive tract and helps to treat indigestion, bloating and nausea. It’s more than just soothing on the digestive system and its antispasmodic properties also help it treat menstrual cramps as well as coughs.
Externally, it’s used to treat scrapes, stings and rashes.
Bee balm is also nervine, that has a gentle calming effect on the nervous system, similar to lemon balm. It’s used to treat anxiety and stress, especially in sensitive patients like children.
An infusion (tea) is used internally in the treatment of colds, catarrh, headaches, gastric disorders, aching kidneys, to reduce low fevers and soothe sore throats. Externally, it is applied as a poultice to skin eruptions, cuts etc and as a wash for sore eyes.
Historically, Bergamot was used to treat mouth infections, dental problems and gingivitis.
Bergamot or bee-balm is the natural source of thymol, an antiseptic and
today it is the main active ingredient in modern mouth wash products!
Bergamot is often used in cleansers and lotions used in skin products.
The leaves may be used for relaxing baths and steam facials at home.
Bergamot can also be used for dried floral arrangements and potpourri
where they offer long lasting colour.
Bergamot is a good all round companion for plants that need any form of
insect pollination, due to its bee attractant qualities. It is also
thought to be a good companion to tomato plants.
Edible Herb - Use the leaves raw in salads and as flavouring in cooked foods. The flowers make an attractive
edible garnish in salads. The fresh or dried leaves are brewed into
a refreshing aromatic tea.
Using the leaves and blossoms creates a tea similar in taste to Earl Grey tea, which is the product of the distilled Bergamot orange oil. You can use 5-6 large fresh leaves or a teaspoon of dried leaves in a cup of boiling water to create a refreshing tea.
All our herbs are organically grown in a recycled or compostable pot.
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