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Wild Bergamot, Bee Balm, Per Oz

Wild Bergamot, Bee Balm, Per Oz

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Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), also known as bee balm, is a native North American wildflower that is prized for its aromatic, culinary, and medicinal properties. The plant is a member of the mint family and grows to be 2-4 feet tall. It has slender, square stems and opposite, lance-shaped leaves that are green on top and grayish-green on the bottom. The flowers are tubular and borne in whorls on the top of the stems. They can be white, pink, lavender, or red.

Wild bergamot is a popular honey plant and its flowers are a favorite of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The plant is also a good source of nectar and pollen for wildlife.

The leaves of wild bergamot have a strong, minty aroma. They can be used to make tea, infused oils, and essential oils. The tea is said to be a good remedy for colds, flu, and sore throats. The essential oil can be used to relieve pain, inflammation, and stress.

The leaves of wild bergamot can also be used in cooking. They can be added to salads, soups, and stews. The flowers can be used to make jellies, jams, and syrups.

Wild bergamot has a long history of medicinal use by Native Americans. The plant was used to treat a variety of ailments, including colds, flu, sore throats, headaches, and stomachaches. The leaves were also used to make a poultice to treat wounds and burns.

Today, wild bergamot is still used as a medicinal plant. It is available in capsule, tincture, and essential oil form. The plant is generally considered safe for most people, but it is important to talk to your doctor before using it if you have any health conditions.

Here are some tips for using wild bergamot:

  • To make tea, steep 1-2 teaspoons of dried leaves in 1 cup of hot water for 5-10 minutes.
  • To make an infused oil, add 1 cup of dried leaves to 1 cup of olive oil in a jar. Seal the jar and let it sit in a cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks. Strain the oil and store it in a cool, dark place.
  • To use the essential oil, add 1-2 drops to a carrier oil such as jojoba or coconut oil and massage it into the affected area.

Wild bergamot is a versatile plant with a variety of uses. It is a beautiful addition to any garden and it can be used to make delicious food, fragrant teas, and effective medicines.

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