Saturday, June 21, 2014

Pic Today 6/22/14



BENEFICIAL BEE BALM

A tall, brilliant red flower in the summer garden,
Bee Balm (also known as bergamot)
attracts butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

North American Indians and early settlers
favored its spicy, fragrant oil as a medicinal remedy
for stomach ailments and bronchitis.

Bee balm leaves and buds taste like spearmint
and are a natural source of thymol,
an antiseptic compound that is the primary
active ingredient in modern commercial mouthwash.

A valuable, beautiful addition to the summer flower bed.


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