So Herb of the Week is Bee Balm genus Monarda
Bee Balm is a true Native American herb named Monarda by the Spanish explorer who discovered it in the new world in 1571. Its meaning in the Language of Flowers is Compassion. sympathy, consolation.
Known as Oswego Tea to some, this is the plant that Native Americans used to treat colds and to relax. This tea was used by the rebellious Boston patriots during the tea boycott. It is also known as Bergamot. This is a reference to its citrus-like scent which resembles the small, bitter Italian bergamot citrus orange called Orange Bergamot. When you buy essential oil of Bergamot you are purchasing the oil of bergamot orange. This is the flavor used to give Earl Grey tea its distinctive flavor. This fragrance is very similar to the Bee Balm, but comes from a different plant.
|Bright Pink Bee Balm at the Morton Arboretum|
Bumble Bee Punch
Herbal Headache Soother Tea
Bee balm (leaves and flowers)
Blend ingredients together and store in a jar with tight fitting lid. Use 1 to 2 teaspoons per cup of hot water (more if you make it iced). Allow to steep 7 to 10 minutes before drinking.