Bergamot (leaf) Tea

Traditionally Native Americans used bergamot for indigestion and flatulence. It is an aromatic herb with a pleasant flavour. 

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Herb Info / Uses


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Botanical Name: Monarda didyma


Plant Family: Lamiaceae 

 

Plant description: Bergamot grows 60 cm to 1 m high. It is a hardy herbaceous perennial with erect square stems. The lightly toothed leaves are opposite, green to blue green and can be tinged red. Large showy heads of flowers vary in colour from pale to pink to purple and scarlet red. It is a North American native, used by the Oswego Indians and widely taken up as a tea drink after the 1773 Boston Tea Party when Oriental tea was heavily taxed. 

Part used: Leaf and flowers.

 

Harvest: When coming into flower or when in full flower if the bright colour of the flower is desired in the dried herb.

 

Active Constituents: Thymol, geraniol, linalool, carvacrol.

 

Actions: Anthelmintic, carminative, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, rubefacient, stimulant, antiseptic, antifungal.

 

Uses: Bergamot is said to be useful for the treatment of digestive disorders. Though to be an effective antiseptic bergamot has a high concentration of thymol contained within the leaves. Traditionally Native Americans used bergamot for indigestion and flatulence. Various tribes used bergamot more specifically, The Cherokee drank the tea of bergamot for measles, flu, heart troubles and weak bowels. The Blackfoot Tribe Boiled leaves applied directly to pimples for drying and healing. Infusions of the blossom were used to soothe inflamed eyes. The Bloods tribe of southern Alberta used an extract of the plant for birth control. Leaf extract was used on body sores and internally for spitting blood. Western medicine also recognises the effectiveness of bergamot as a carminative on digestive functions. It has also been used to reduce fever, expel mucous, removing worms, increasing the secretion of urine to treat urinary disorders, gargled for the relief of a sore throat. Inhaled as a vapour to assist in the relief of bronchial problems and throat infection, taken to relieve symptoms of menstrual cramps, nausea and vomiting. The essential oil of bergamot can be applied externally to treat rheumatism.

 

Dosage: Infusion – pour one cup of boiling water onto one teaspoon of dried herb. Leave to infuse for five minutes. Drink up to one cup three times daily.


Cautions: None known.


Interactions: None known.

 

Certified organic Australian grown, in Tasmania by Highland Herbs Tasmania