Many oils have interesting, and sometimes surreal historical usage. Today I’m going to share my findings on Bergamot.
Sometimes popular culture references herb usage too.
“Clary raised her eyebrows at Jace. ‘You hate bergamot?’
Jace had wandered over to the narrow bookshelf and was examining its contents. “You have a problem with that?’
‘You may be the only guy my age I’ve ever met who knows what bergamot is, much less that it’s in Earl Grey tea.’
‘Yes, well,’ Jace said, with a supercilious look, ‘I’m not like other guys. Besides,’ he added, flipping a book off the shelf, ‘at the Institute we have to take classes in basic medicinal uses for plants. It’s required.’
‘I figured all your classes were stuff like Slaughter 101 and Beheading for Beginners.’”
-Cassandra Clare, City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)”
Even Shadowhunters know that Bergamot has it going on.
BERGAMOT: it can be used to help with a more youthful skin appearance. You can add Bergamot to your black tea to magically create Earl Grey , or apply at bedtime to calm a tired soul. It can also help turn grief into joy.
Bergamot is a green to yellow fruit similar to oranges and grapefruit which grow on trees that reach about 12 feet.
Name Information and Historical Uses:
The name bergamot is derived from the French word bergamote, probably from the Ottoman Turkish words beg armudu, “equivalent to Turkish bey armudu (a lord’s pear).”https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/bergamot
Historically, sages used it in protective rituals and to bring on prosperity.
In ages past, in Italian folk medicine and in the Ayurvedic tradition, bergamot was used to release emotional pain, lift people out of dark places, relieve occasional joint and muscle soreness, aid digestion, and soothes skin.