Thursday, July 25, 2013

Bumblebee at Bee Balm

Bee Balm, or Wild Bergamot is in the mint family and grows in fields, prairies, and often in cultivation (where flowers are often bright red). Bees, such as the bumblebee in the photo above, and hummingbirds often feed from the flowers. Wild Bergamot has variety of human uses. It is an major ingredient of Earl Gray tea. Folk medicine used teas from Bee Balm for various respiratory and digestive distresses. The plant also was used by Native Americans as an antiseptic. Bee Balm contains thymol, the active ingredient in many mouth washes. Wild Bergamot has also been used to treat flatulence, headaches and fever (Wikipedia).

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