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Wild Bergamot 200 Non-GMO, Open Pollinated Seeds
Wild Bergamot has bright lavender blooms with a spicy scent. Wild
bergamot was considered a medicinal plant by many Native Americans to
soothe bronchial complaints and ease colds. It has other uses as well.
It was used most commonly to treat colds, and was frequently made into a tea. Today, many families still use wild bergamot during the cold and flu season. The tea may be sweetened with honey, as it tends to be quite strong. The species of Monarda that may go under the common name "bee balm," including M. fistulosa, has a long history of use as a medicinal plant by Native Americans, including the Blackfoot.
The Blackfoot recognized the plant's strong antiseptic action, and used poultices of the plant for skin infections and minor wounds.
A tea made from the plant was also used to treat mouth and throat infections caused by dental caries and gingivitis. Bee balm is the natural source of the antiseptic thymol, the primary active ingredient in modern commercial mouthwash formulas.
The Winnebago used a tea made from bee balm as a
general stimulant. Bee balm was also used as a carminative herb by
Native Americans to treat excessive flatulence. Leaves were eaten boiled
with meat and a concoction of the plant was made into hair pomade. The
herb is considered an active diaphoretic (sweat inducer). Harvest in about 365 days.
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