Bee balm

Other Names:

Wild Bergamot, Oswego Tea, Bergamot, Horsemint

Benefits

  • Antiseptic
  • Antibacterial
  • Diuretic
  • Analgesic
  • Nutrient
  • Antifungal
  • Anesthetic

Bee Balm


Monarda spp

Bee balm (Monarda spp) is a herbaceous perennial from the Mint family. Bee balm produces scarlet and deep purple blooms that are long and tubular. Bee balm has been used extensively by Native Americans who recognized four varieties that had different odors. It's essential oil contains 26 active compounds and high amounts of flavonoids (rutin, hyperoside, quercitrin, luteolin, and quercetin) in it's leaves and particularly it's flowers. The leaves can be used to make a tea which aids in combating against harmful bacteria from its antibacterial properties.

Immune System and Respiratory Health
Lisa from Fresh Eggs Daily Blog recommends the use of bee balm as an immune system booster and as an aid in promoting good respiratory health. She provides several recipes for herbal teas and for a basic salve, using bee balm.

References

Mountain Rose Herbs