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bee balm

A bizarre-looking, wonderful smelling red or lavender flower that looks kind of like a red sunflower with wilting petals. Flowers look this way because it’s in the mint family. Entire plant is edible and Tastes range from citrus-like to mint or oregano. Sometimes used as flavoring in foods. You can use bee balm flowers any place you use oregano. Both leaves and flowers are edible. Red flowers have minty flavor. Aromatic, delicious leaf tea (which tastes like Earl Grey), is used to expel worms, relieve gas, stomach ache, colic, measles, insomnia, heart problems, colds, spasms. Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, diuretic, stimulant, anesthetic, gastric problems, insomnia, sore throat, menstrual pain. Main use has been to expel worms.
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English Horsemint has been used for digestive disorders and arthritic pains.
John's-wort), horsemint, horehound, Lycopus Virginicus and Europoeus, var.
The purple horsemint or lemon bee balm (Monarda citriodora) has a strong fragrant odor and has been used by Cherokees as a beverage and medicine to aid sleep and to bring down fevers.
If planted in full sun, mountain laurel will reward you with masses of cup-shaped white flowers in late spring or early summer, but its handsome glossy leaves remain green all season and will provide a background for such sunloving plants as American columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), butterfly weed, black-eyed Susan, the yellow-whorled horsemint (Monarda punctata), and the bright orange-red leopard lily (Lilium pardalinum).
North American natives one and all, the horsemints (Monarda species) rank high on my list of multipurpose perennials.