Health Benefits of Bee Balm
Bee Balm is commonly known as crimson bee balm, scarlet bee balm, scarlet monarada, Oswego tea and bergamot. The botanical name of bee balm is Monaradadidyma which belongs to family Lamiaceae and of the type Herbaceous perennial. It is a kind of herb which is cultivated exclusively for its aroma. The herb grows to a height of 2 to 4 feet and spreads across 2 to 3 feet. The leaves are fragrant in nature, dark green in colour with red veins running through the leaveswhich are 6 to 15 cm long and 3 to 8 cm broad. The flowers of the herb are bright red in colour with a length of 3 to 4 cm. Bee balm can be spotted as dense clusters along the banks and ditches. The bloom time of bee balm is July to August. The suitable weather for bee balm’s growth is full sun.
Primary Use of the Herb
Bee balm is known for its aromatic nature, for which it has been mainly grown in many areas. Apart from the fragrant purpose, it serves as an herbal medicine also. Bee balm is an excellent antiseptic and also cures wounds and injuries.
Chemical and Nutrients in Bee balm
- Myrrhisodorata L.,
- Lamium album L
Health Benefits of Bee balm:
Antiseptic in nature
Bee balm has got the characteristics of an antiseptic, i.e., it has the capacity to prevent and infection by constraining the growth of infectious agents. The extract that is obtained from the bee balm leaves is excellent antiseptic factor that cures minor infections and wounds.
Bee balm can be used medically both in external and internal manner. By consuming the herb in the form of herbal tea, many illnesses are cured. The herbal tea has the capability to cure cold and flu, coughing, nasal problems, nausea, digestive problems, headache, vomiting and other common sickness.
Used for making aromatic items
The specialty of this herb being its fragrance, it is popularly used in the making of various aromatic materials. The main plant and its parts are majorly involved in the making of perfumes. The dried flowers and leaves of bee balm are used to add fragrance to potpourri.
Monaradadidyma can be eaten raw as it is or can be cooked and consumed. Bee balm is well known for its flavour and smell as a seasoning for salads and fruit salads. It gives the best aromatic herbal tea which is tasty as well as healthy. Rarely, it is used to add taste to jelly and beverages.
Helps in Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Premenstrual Syndrome is the symptoms that are felt by women at the time of their menstruation. Women consume Bee Balm tea in order to reduce or cure the sufferings or pain caused by the premenstrual syndrome effects.
How to Use:
- Dry the leaves and flowers of bee balm, grind it and use it as herbal tea powder.
- Twist the leaves and drain the juice. This can be used as an antiseptic.
- The parts of the herb are dried and grinded as powder in order to be used as seasoning and also for manufacturing perfumes.
Keep in mind that, bee balm herbal tea should not be consumed when a woman is pregnant as it may result in miscarriage. Also do not use it while she is practicing breast feeding which may have side effects on the infant.