Description Wild bergamot, also known as Bee Balm, or Oswego Tea is a common medicinal plant used by many Native Americans. It was used often to treat colds, and was frequently made into a tea.Today it is still use during the cold and flu season. The tea can be sweetened with honey, as it tends to be quite strong.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. It 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).Photographed in the Lower Bashakill Preserve area.
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