Bergamot - Bee Balm - Monarda Fistulosa
Bergamot, also known as Bee Balm, Horse Mint and Wild Oregano, is an aromatic herb in the family Lamiaceae, native to North America found in open fields and swampy areas.
Bergamot has a long history of use as a medicinal plant by many Native Americans, including the Blackfeet. The Blackfeet Indians used this hardy perennial in poultices to treat minor cuts and wounds. A tea made from the plant was also used to treat mouth and throat infections caused by gingivitis, as the plant contains high levels of a naturally occurring antiseptic, Thymol, which is found in many brand name mouthwashes. Traditionally used to ease bloating and digestion because of its carminative properties, as well as to treat headaches and fevers, Bee Balm makes a strong and slightly spicy tea, tasting of mint and oregano.
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