Bee Balm

Scientific Name:Monarda didyma

Common Names:Wswego tea, mountain mint, scarlet bergamot

Family:Lamiaceae

Part Used:Leaves

Habitat:Bee Balm is native to North America

Bee Balm was often used by the Native Americans to treat intestinal problems, colic and flatulence. Tea made from this plant was used to induce sweating and break fevers. Bee balm is often used to treat the common cold and sore throat as well. The leaves of this plant are a good source of essential oil that contains thymol. Thymol is an antibiotic and often used as an ingredient in mouthwash.

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