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Bergamot - Monarda didyma (labiatae)
(bee balm, Oswego tea, horsemint)
Description: Perennial with mat like roots that are somewhat invasive. Square stems grow up to 3 ft with rough oval serrated leaves that are dark green or red tinted, and large heads of tubular red flowers in late summer.
Uses: Use the leaves and flowers fresh or dried. Used as an anti-depressant tea that can also relieve nausea and flatulence. Inhale infusion for colds and used for antiseptic properties for ulcers and wounds. CAUTION: may cause photosensitivity in some people.
Infusion: Used to prepare more delicate parts of plants. 3 cups of water to 1 ounce dry herb or 1.5 ounce of fresh herbs; pour the freshly boiled water over herbs in a pot, cover the pot and let the herbs steep for at least 10 minutes. Strain and serve. Refrigerate unused portions, lasts up to 24 hours.
Tincture: A tincture is a good solution for long term treatment as will store for up to two years. 8 ounces of dried herb, 1.5 cups of alcohol (grain alcohol like Everclear), and 4 cups of water; Chop your herbs up finely and put them in a glass jar with a good tight fitting lid. Pour the liquid over the herbs and tighten the lid. Keep the jar in a warm, dark place for 2 weeks. Shake the jar every two days. After the two weeks, strain the liquid off through cheesecloth into a clean colored glass jar and store away from heat and direct sunlight.