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Bee Balm Leaf and Flowers - Wild Bergamot

Monarda fistulosa - Bergamot Leaf and flowers. Wild harvested medicinal herb.

Several bee balm species (Monarda fistulosa and Monarda didyma) have a long history of use as medicinal plants by many Native Americans including the Blackfoot, Menominee, Ojibwa, Winnebago and others.

Properties and Uses: American Indians used leaf tea for colic, flatulence, colds, fevers, stomachaches, nosebleeds, menstrual pain , insomnia, and heart trouble) in measles to induce sweating; poultice leaves for headaches. Historically, physicians used leaf tea to expel worms and gas. Bergamot leaves were infused in oil for use in hair. They contain antiseptic thymol and are applied to pimples, steam-inhaled for colds, and brewed for nausea, flatulence, and insomnia. Leaves are also taken for digestive problems.

Steam inhalation of the plant can be used for sore throats, and bronchial catarrh (inflammation of the mucus membrane, causing an increased flow of mucus). Externally, it is a medicinal application for skin eruptions and infections.

References: Wikipedia.

* Please Note: This information is based on Traditional and Folklore Medicine which uses natural materials to support health. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If conditions persist, please seek advice from your medical doctor.

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