Wild bergamot is used as an aromatic flavouring for salads and cooked food, and the leaves brewed into a tea. Carminative, it was often used to treat digestive complaints. It is also diaphoretic, diuretic and stimulant. Good for fevers, colds and sore throats. Externally applied as a poultice to help soothe skin erruptions. The leaves have been used as an insect repellent.