Part used: Fruit, leaf, peel, oil
Energetics: Sweet, cooling
Actions: Antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiulcer, digestive, nervine, stomachic
Indications: Stress, depression, fatigue, sore throat, inflammation, bloating, acne, eczema, skin diseases
Bergamot is a citrus fruit, originating from Southern Italy. It has been used in Italian Folk Medicine and Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years to help treat digestion, skin problems and fever. In traditional Chinese medicine it was used to stimulate and balance the body’s energy. Bergamot has a high concentration of flavonoids and has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and cholesterol reducing properties. Research has shown that Bergamot may reduce bad or LDL cholesterol and increase good or HDL cholesterol .