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Beebalm - Bergamot - Monarda

American Indians made a medicine from the leaves. Oil from the leaves was once used to treat respiratory ailments. Peterson Field Guide Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants, 1990.

The leaves of the plant have been used traditionally to make a strongly mint flavored tea that is said to be good for fever, stomach problems and restful sleep. Wild Flowers and Plants of NC

During Colonial times, the leaves were steeped to make a tea. This beverage was drunk during the boycotts of British Tea.

Beebalm is grown by many perennial and herb gardeners for its lovely flowers. It spreads by its root and some species can be invasive.

Hummingbirds and bees are very attracted to the nectar of this flower.



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