The first time I saw this flower I thought it was one of the most unusual blooms I'd ever seen (we don't have them around our river place, or at least I've never seen them). Wild Bee Balm, also called Bergamot, is an edible wildflower that grows all over our mountain at the edge of the woods providing delightful splashes of color. Both the flowers and the leaves can be eaten raw and they are said to have a very nice flavor, which is not surprising as it's a member of the mint family.
The red Bee Balm blooms and leaves can be used to make Oswego Tea and is known for it's medicinal properties that include helping with digestive problems and if mixed with chamomile can help with insomnia.
We've not tried eating it yet, but we did collect some today and are going to make Oswego tea. I'll let you know how it turns out!
Do you every eat wild flowers? Have you ever tried Oswego tea?
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