Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wild Bergamot

The best thing about Wild Bergamot is that it starts out as a tiny green package sitting on top of a tall stalk of green. You would miss it among all the green of early July if you weren't paying attention.

A few days later, as the packages expand and open into flowers, it becomes impossible to miss.

Wild Bergamot is in full bloom now and is very plentiful in Indiana; especially at Coffee Creek. It's a member of the mint family and makes a wonderful tea that is great when you have the flu or a cold.

This plant also goes by the name of Bee Balm. Due to its antiseptic properties it has been used to treat minor skin conditions and gingivitis.  

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