Other Names: bee balm, Oswego tea, horsemint
Traditional Uses:anti-depressant, nausea, flatulence, acne, ulcers
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?