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What Is Bee Balm Used For?

    History

    • Although bee balm has been used throughout the years for many purposes, it's noted as the tea used at the Boston Tea Party in 1773. The varying odors of the different varietals were used as a significant part of Native American sweat ceremonies as well.

    Scent

    • The pungent aroma of bee balm lends itself for a wonderful pick when creating potpourri and perfume. Adding a bit of the oil from bee balm to candles while making them will allow the scent to be dispersed when burning them for prolonged enjoyment.

    Flavor

    • Bee balm's almost mint flavor (it's a member of the mint family, according to GardensABlaze.com) makes it a natural fit to pair with pork chops, fruit dishes or ice cream. Try substituting bee balm when a recipe calls for mint and soak in the difference. Bee balm is often found in jellies--particularly apple--giving it a nice balance of mint to sweet. In teas, bee balm is often blended with chamomile or lavender for its calming properties and to aid in a restful night sleep.

    Skin

    • Bee balm is often used topically due to its astringent qualities to treat infections and skin irritations. Try placing a bee balm tea-soaked cloth over a wound or bee sting to take the pain away, or to speed up the healing process on a scrap or bump.

    Internal

    • Bee balm is often used to treat sore throats when added to teas or just a few drops of the oil itself, diluted in water. It's also used when treating headaches, colds, nausea and fevers.

    Considerations

    • Consult your doctor before adding any new oil or herbs to your routine. Report any side effects to your physician immediately. Do not use bee balm if you're pregnant; there's always a possibility of side effects.

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