Plant A Day – Wild Bergamot

Wild Bergamot Monarda fistulosa

Wild Bergamot
Monarda fistulosa

Wild Bergamot is native the North America and the Native Americans put it do good use.  Now, I wasn’t around to verify any of this, so I’ll just repeat what I’ve read here and there.

  • Cooked with meat
  • Brewed into tea
  • Relieve headache
  • Cure colds
  • Baby bath
  • Indigestion
  • Remove acne
  • Poultice
  • Treat gingivitis
  • Relieve gas problems (farting)

… and much more.  It was used extensively by tribes all across America.

The flowers are said to be quite tasty and a nice addition to a summer fruit salad

The flowers are said to be quite tasty and a nice addition to a summer fruit salad

 

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3 Responses to Plant A Day – Wild Bergamot

  1. deb miller says:

    Is it also known as bee balm? Earl Gray tea? Brings to mind a line from somewhere in classic poetry: “Who knows where the wild bergamot grows?” What poem? What poet? My search didn’t turn it up.

  2. deb miller says:

    Found it. Not a poem but an essay I had in my files. So this means you are a revolutionary!

    “Life has become so mechanized, life is so lacking in flavor, that anything learned about anything rescues people from the boredom of civil obedience. In a technological age the man who knows where the bergamot grows in some brushy back field or knows when and where to look for Pleiades is a revolutionary. He has published his declaration of independence.”

    –Brooks Atkinson, from his essay “The Bird Habit”

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