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.