Wildcrafted Monarda Essential Oil (Monarda fistulosa)
Monarda is known by many names: Bee Balm, Horsemint, Oswego tea (for the Oswego Native Americans who used the aerial parts medicinally) and Wild Bergamot (not related to the Bergamot Orange, which produces an essential oil known as Bergamot).
All our Artisan Aromatics essential oils, aromatherapy blends and oil products are therapeutic quality. Using our 20+ years of experience, we’ve gathered the finest quality oils from around the world. To ensure that our oils are as fresh and potent as possible, our oils are bottled by hand here in the USA only after we receive each order.
Monarda is a wonderful addition to the garden because its showy pale purple flowers attract bees and other pollinators (hence the name Bee Balm). It’s a perennial in the mint family and it grows wild here in the Appalachians, especially in the partially shaded areas at the borders of our forests. Sweep your hand through it to catch a whiff of its pleasant aroma. Growing and tending plants, or visiting them in their natural habitats, are a great way to take your aromatherapy practice to the next level. By getting to know the plants, you’re better able to use their essential oils.
Several species, including Monarda fistulosa and M. didyma, have a long history of use as medicinal plants by many Native Americans. The Blackfoot recognized the strong antiseptic action of the plants, and used them in poultices for infections and minor wounds.
Uses of Monarda Essential Oil
Monarda essential oil is quite restful and is also used in perfumery for a top note that isn’t too sweet with a fresh, herbaceous, citrus, slightly sweet and floral.
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Disclaimer: Information provided in this description is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be used in/for the treatment, cure, mitigation or diagnosis of any mental or physical disease or illness or as a substitute for consulting with a physician or other appropriately trained and licensed health care professional. Artisan Aromatics is not responsible for any adverse effects resulting from the improper use of any suggestions, products, preparations, or procedures mentioned or from attempts to follow historical reports of a plant’s uses. Please note that essential oils do not necessarily have the same properties as other types of herbal preparations of the same plant and since essential oils are the most highly concentrated type of preparation made from plants, they can have toxicity issues not arising from use of other types of herbal preparations of a given plant.
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