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Bee Balm ~ Color Crazy

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These purple Bee Balm blooms were in my deck spring garden. I never tried to transplant them into my yard garden. Now I wish I had of, they are suppose to return in the spring, a perennial. But I did not know that when I purchased the plant. Should have done my research. Did you know it is a member of the mint family? And like other members of the mint family, Bee Balm can become invasive, but you can keep your clump contained by dividing it in either spring or fall. Bee Balm plants should be divided every 3 years anyway, to keep them looking neat and compact. Dig up the root clump in the early spring, trash the older, inner portions, divide the remaining parts and re-plant the new divisions 12 to 15 inches apart. Good luck gardening.


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      • Still looking for the chapstick info…Bee Balm leaves and flowers and stems are used in alternative medicine as an antiseptic, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic and stimulant. An medicinal infusion is used internally in the treatment of colds, catarrh, headaches, and gastric disorders, to reduce low fevers and soothe sore throat, to relieve flatulence, nausea, for menstrual pain, and insomnia. Steam inhalation of the plant can be used for sore throats, and bronchial catarrh (inflammation of the mucus membrane, causing an increased flow of mucus). Externally, Bee Balm is a medicinal application for skin eruptions and infections. Bergamot’s distinctive aroma, found in both the leaf and flower is wonderful for use in potpourri.


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