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What is Bee Balm?

Aug 27, 2008
What Is Bee Balm?

Bee balm is incredibly useful herb whose species name is Mindarda didyma. While it is called bee balm, bees actually have a very difficult time getting to the nectar. The most common creatures attracted by bee balm are Hummingbirds. This article is going to take a look at some of the myths and origins of bee balm.

Bee Balm As Medicine

Bee balm has a long history of use as medicine by Native Americans. They believed that the plant was a strong cure for skin infections and minor wounds. It is true that the plant does posses strong antiseptic action. In addition it can be brewed into a tea that is used to treat throat infections as well as gingivitis and other dental conditions. Bee balm is the natural source of Thymol, the main ingredient in modern mouthwash.

The plant is fairly common and can be found throughout most of North America in most meadows and hillsides. It does not do well in extreme elevations, but will survive up to about five thousand feet.

The tea brewed with this plant was used by native peoples across the Americas for treatments of infections and illness. Its bitter flavor takes a little bit to get used to, but it does have a strong effect when used properly.

Bee Balm As Food

Bee balm has a very strong flavor similar to oregano. It can be used to brew teas and many times has been planted with tomatoes with some reports of positive effects on the flavor. While human consumption does happen with this plant, the biggest feeder on it are Hummingbirds.

Reports and studies link this plant very strongly with Hummingbirds. Many reports say that this is among if is their favorite to eat. If you are looking to attract Hummingbirds to your home, this is a great plant to grow as the birds will come flocking.

The plant is hardy and survives very well throughout the year and with other plants. It can be found most places in the US and has no major problems growing in difficult climates. Placing this plant with tomatoes or other vegetable garden plants can add a colorful addition to a normally bland garden.

With both the health and wildlife benefits of this plan it is plain to see that it has a place in most gardens. If you are looking to attract Hummingbirds or are looking to grow your own natural healthy herbs, than this is a good plant for you.
About the Author
Charlie Reese has been educating people about bees for the past 11 years and is and is a bee expert. Charlie also enjoys getting a psychic reading from his other psychic friends.
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