Herb Profile: Wild Bergamot
Bee balm/Wild Bergamot/Monarda, Monarda fistulosa
Our leaves consistently get powdery mildew, but we haven’t found a significant difference in taste between leaves with and without the powdery mildew.
Preparations:Enjoy as a tea, try combining with other herbs with gentler flavors such as oats.
Make a tincture extraction of bee balm to use alone or in combination with other herbs for digestive upset such as fennel, burdock, orange peel, catnip and cinnamon.
Monarda has a pleasant pungency which lends to a flavorful infused vinegar. Plus the flower petal’s red color infuses into the vinegar as well.
Bee Balm makes a delicious infused honey. Enjoy in tea or drizzled on dessert.
Cautions/ContraindicationsFrom Matthew Wood “Combined with valerian can cause emesis. Very small doses of monarda combined with valerian operate as a stomach tonic.”
Use with caution during pregnancy.
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