Wild Bergamot scientifically known as Monarda fistulosa is a wild flower belonging to mint family Lamiaceae. It is native plant in North America. The plant blooms pink to lavender summer blooming flowers and used often as medicinal plant, honey plant and garden ornamental. It is a perennial native plant in mint family which grows 24 to 36 inches tall. Leaves are oppositely arranged on square stems and are slightly toothed and hairy. Flowers are showy having individual pink blossoms emanating from center seed head. Its spicy fragrance is identical to cultivated oregano.
- Use it as a tea to stimulate circulation in cold hands and feet.
- Tea is used as a soothing for fever and chills to induce sweating.
- Infuse fresh flowers and leaves in honey and apply it as a topical ointment for fungal infections and burns or add it to hot tea or water for soothing sore throat.
- Steam inhalations help to soothe stuck or congested sinuses.
- Place the leaves in warm water baths for babies.
- Use wild bergamot in sweat bath and inhale the fumes to cure colds.
- The decoction made from boiled leaves is used to treat eruptions on face.
- Boil leaves and flowers to cure abdominal pains.
- Tea prepared from leaves and blossoms helps to cure stomach pains.
- Apply the boiled leaves to pustules of acne.
- Use infusion internally for treating catarrh, colds, aching kidneys, gastric disorders, headaches, soothe sore throats and lower fevers.
- Apply it as a poultice externally for cuts, skin eruptions and as a wash for sore eyes.
- Steep flowers and leaves and use it for preparing tea for curing throat infections.
- For bronchial infections, dry whole plant and boil to extract oil and use it as an aid.
- Boil leaves to treat facial infections such as acne and pustules.
- It is also used to treat gastrointestinal problems such as flatulence, colic and vomiting.