Oswego Tea Plant

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The oswego tea plant has a pleasant aroma that resembles peppermint and has been used in America as a substitute for tea. North American natives, who lived in harmony with their environment, included oswego tea in the bride’s gifts because it has regulating properties for menstruation.

image of oswego tea flower

Oswego Tea Scientific Facts

  1. Scientific Name – Monarda didyma L.
  2. Other Names – Oswego tea.
  3. French – Monarde.
  4. Spanish – Monarda.
  5. Environment – Native America, where it is cultivated as an ornamental plant, it also became cultivated with the same aims in Europe.
  6. Description – Plant of the Labiatae family, growing from 60 to 80 cm high, with a quadrangular stem, opposite, toothed leaves, and terminal flowers, with bilabiated bright red petals.
  7. Parts of the plant used medicinally – The flowers.

Healing Properties

oswego tea flowers and leaves

Oswego tea FLOWERS contain diverse essential oils, bitter components, and anthocyanine (monarderine). These are its main properties.

  1. It eases menstruation pain and helps normalize the menstrual cycle.
  2. Carminative (eliminates gas and flatulence) – Bee balm flowers promote digestion and ease nausea and vomiting.


All over America, there is a species similar to this plant, the so-called horsemint (Monarda punctata L.), which has sudorific, diuretic, carminative, and heart-invigorating properties.

How to use Oswego Tea

  1. Infusion with a spoonful of flowers (20 g) per cup of water. Drink two or three cups daily.


George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. vols. 2 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 634. Print.

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