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.
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Oswego Tea Scientific Facts
- Scientific Name – Monarda didyma L.
- Other Names – Oswego tea.
- French – Monarde.
- Spanish – Monarda.
- Environment – Native America, where it is cultivated as an ornamental plant, it also became cultivated with the same aims in Europe.
- 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.
- Parts of the plant used medicinally – The flowers.
Oswego tea FLOWERS contain diverse essential oils, bitter components, and anthocyanine (monarderine). These are its main properties.
- It eases menstruation pain and helps normalize the menstrual cycle.
- Carminative (eliminates gas and flatulence) – Bee balm flowers promote digestion and ease nausea and vomiting.
How to use Oswego Tea
- 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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