Monarda didyma (or spp.)

Bee Balm, Oswego Tea, Orange Balm, Mei guo bo he (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

Native to

North America

A majority of the Witchlist's Garden include naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake we include it's nativity.

Parts Used

  • Leaf

  • Flower

  • Bud

Medicinal Actions

Note: When considering the Medicinal properties, do not forget that the species, application, and parts used are critical. And please read all warnings.

  • Alterative: Potentially aids in the alteration of the course of an illness

  • Anti-fungal: Stops or slows the spread of fungiAnti-inflammatory

  • Antipyretic: Reduces fever

  • Antispasmodic: Relieves involuntary movements such as ticks and siezures (Note: many antispasmodics have the opposite effect depending on your neurology, consult your doctor).: Relieves involuntary movements such as ticks and siezures (Note: many antispasmodics have the opposite effect depending on your neurology, consult your doctor).

  • Antithelmintic: Destroys parasites

  • Carminative: Relieves... gas... Farts, specifically.

  • Diaphoretic: Makes you sweat

  • Diuretic: Makes you pee

  • Emmenagogue: Stimulates menstruations

  • Expectorant: Promotes the secretion of the gunk in your respritory system, typically used to treat coughs

  • Nervine: literally calms the nerves

  • Rubefacient: Causes redness in your skin

  • Styptic: Stops the flow of blood when applied to a wound

Divinities & Mythos

Plant Energies

Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:

Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.

  • Planet(s): Mercury, Venus

  • Element(s): Air

  • Gender: Masculine

  • Chakra(s): Heart

  • Taste: Hot, Pungent, Sweet, Sour

  • Energy: Cooling, Warming, Diffusive, Stimulating, Relaxing

Warning: Pregnancy + Interactions

As with all EMMENAGOGUES, do not use if you are pregnant as it can cause contractions of the uterus (which can be relaxing and even helpful for difficult periods). This particular plant is a mild emmenagogue but it should be used with extreme caution.

Do not mix with valerian - this has been known to cause vomiting.

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Magical Properties

  • Balance

  • Binding

  • Happiness

  • Healing

  • Hex-Breaking

  • Love

  • Money

  • Passion

  • Peace

  • Prosperity

  • Protection

  • Purification

  • Sexuality

  • Sleep

  • Success

  • Sun magic

Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc.

Part of the reason that we list medical jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantageous. Too much of a good thing, eh?