wild bergamot

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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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Wild Bergamot is great when massed in flowerbeds or it can be mixed with other wildflowers and prairie grasses to create a colourful, carefree prairie meadow.
Wild Bergamot is a feast for the senses, both in the garden and in the kitchen.
All love the sun and can be grouped by the kitchen door within easy reach: chives for chopping into salads; southernwood sprigs for adding to potpourri or sachets, pebbly-leaved sage for flavoring; wild bergamot for tea; calendula petals for decorating cakes; at least one Old Garden rose for rose-petal jelly.