Sunday Times

BEE BALM (Monarda)

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These plants do well in large pots in a sunny location or in partial shade. Several bee balm species including Monarda didyma, also known as bergamot, have a long history of use as medicinal plants by many Native Americans.

In aromathera­py, the flowers and leaves can be used to make an infusion or for steam inhalation to help with sore throats and mucus.

“This plant also has strong antiseptic properties and can also be applied topically to calm and soothe skin,” says Campbell.

Place a handful of fresh leaves in a cloth and position under hot running water for a lemony-scented bath.

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