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"Lemon" bergamot?

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That plant is hot as anything.

Would somebody please explain to me why lemon bergamot (Monarda citriodora) is called lemon bergamot?

There's no lemon anywhere in the taste.

The flowers and top leaves are hot as a very hot thing; the lower leaves are kind of bergamot-y.

But lemon?

Not in my experience.


hmmm .. I don't have nearly as much herbalism experience as you but I have never seen Bergamot as anything but "Bergamot" or "Monarda" .. however, I did study aromatherapy a bit too and here there is the other Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) .. the bermamot EO is a beautiful lemony yellow color and the name obviously has "citrus" in the name so maybe people put the wrong 2 + 2 together? In know for years, until I really began studying herbalism and aromatherapy, I thought there was only one bergamot and I couldn't understand how the EO and the flower (monarda :) looked and felt so different to me.

Bergamot (citrus bergamia) is one of my favorite EO's by the way ... and the only one that I take internally sometimes. Just one drop, not more than this, in a little water. I began doing that after reading Dr. Jean Valnet's "the practice of aromatherpay" .... he was feeding himself and clients many drops internally of all sorts of EO's ... but I draw the line at one drop and find that doing that over 2 or 3 days' time really does incredibly great things for my assimilation and gastrointestinal system.

There are other monardas, but only this one is called "lemon" bergamot. Weird.
The "Earl Grey" -tasting monarda is Monarda didyma.

re lemon bergamot - mine tastes hot/spicy and lemony like lemon salts...

Lemony too? Thanks!