(Sung to the tune of, “You Are My Sunshine.”)
You’re known as Bee Balm, and Wild Bergamot.
You make bees happy, when in full bloom.
You’re a fast grower, and will take over
Just like mint, you need lots of room.
Monarda fistulosa is native to the US
But named in honor of a botanist in Spain.
The Native Americans, used you quite often
for snake bites, cuts, colds, coughs, and headache pain.
Mi Feng Chung Gao warms the Lungs and Stomach.
It moves Liver Qi and supports healing wounds.
Strong citrus blooms make great teas and jellies
And other things you’ll want to consume.
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Bee Balm | Wild Bergamot
These are not perfect petal flowers, but are rather scraggly looking. They are herbaceous and have branched, hairy stems, and compact flower clusters that spread by seeds and rhizomes. Each cluster is solitary at the ends, with a head about 1.5 inches high, and contains about 20–50 flowers coming off the head.
- The Oneida tribe call it “Number Six”, in honor of it being “the sixth medicine given by the Creator.”
- Bee Balm is considered a diaphoretic (sweat inducer) and was used traditionally to induce a sweat during Native American sweat lodge ceremonies.
Harvesting and Drying
Bee Balm is like an all-you-can-eat buffet for many pollinating species. I know many homeowners struggle with finding plants that are pretty and will survive hungry deer, so Bee Balm is your friend, as it is reliably deer and rabbit resistant!
Pollinators, such as butterflies and bees, enjoy the flowers’ nectar. It is especially attractive to hummingbirds and provides a healthier alternative to the red-died sugar water.
Herbal Actions & Medicinal Uses
Below is some basic herbal information based on Western Herbalism and Chinese Medicine (TCM). Bee Balm should not be taken if you are pregnant.
With any herbs and supplements, always consult with a licensed health professional before use.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Aerial parts (leaves & flowers)
Primary Organs: Kidney, Liver, Spleen, Reproductive Organs
- Warms the Lungs
- Warms & Supports the Stomach
- Moves Liver Qi
- Bitter Tonic
Bee Balm / Wild Bergamot is a native North American species.
This is a sun/part shade loving plant who can tolerate heat and drought. Don’t over water. This is another plant that hates “soggy feet.” Bee Balm is prone to powdery mildew, so make sure your soil is well-drained.
Once the plant blooms, cut the stems to the ground to promote new growth the following year. You will need to divide the plants’ rhizomes every three years to prevent overcrowding – a perfect way to share your garden love. 💚
USDA Hardiness Zone(s): 4-10
All plants are sacred so please treat them as such. Bee Balm/Wild Bergamot is most commonly used in work involving attraction.
It is used in work around the attraction of money and prosperity, as well as protection from evil and illness, improving memory, stopping interference, and promoting restful sleep. Burn at any ritual to increase its power.
- You may use it in love spells or rituals to attract love, strengthen relationships, and enhance passion and romance.
- You can work it into rituals or spells focused on attracting prosperity, abundance, and success in various aspects of life, including finances and career. In money attraction or luck spells, you can make loose incense with Bergamot and other wealth-drawing herbs.
- Because of its purifying properties, it can be used in protective spells or rituals to create a shield against negative energies, hexes, or harmful influences.
Below is some of the symbolism associated with Bee Balm/Wild Bergamot.
|🜁 Air||◉ Solar Plexus Chakra|