Wild Bergamot is one of my favorite wildflowers and always reminds me of a Jester's cap. This plant was highly regarded by Native peoples who used it medicinally for ailments from acne to bronchial and stomach issues. A few tribes used bergamot as perfume or insect repellant and others as meat preservative. It was also used ceremonially in the Sun Dance.
Many families still brew a tea using the leaves this flower to treat colds and as a mouthwash. It is also known as Bee Balm or Honey Plant as it is popular with honey-gathering bees. As part of the mint family, the leaves are edible with a slight minty flavor and so are often used as garnishes in salads.
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