Originally Posted by duckypaddler
I believe Earl Grey Tea is made from beabalm also - not that it has anything to do with fishing
Went fishing yesterday and the rhodo at the lower elevations was at full bloom
Several bee balm species (Monarda fistulosa
and Monarda didyma
) have a long history of use as a medicinal plants by many Native Americans
including the Blackfoot
. The Blackfoot Indians recognized the strong antiseptic
action of these plants, and used poultices
of the plant for skin infections and minor wounds. A tea made from the plant was also used to treat mouth and throat infections caused by dental caries
. Bee balm is the natural source of the antiseptic Thymol
, the primary active ingredient in modern commercial mouthwash
formulas. The Winnebago used a tea made from bee balm as a general stimulant
. Bee balm was also used as a carminative herb by Native Americans to treat excessive flatulence.
of crushed Monarda
leaves in boiling water has been used to treat headaches and fevers.
Although somewhat bitter, due to the thymol content in the leaves and buds, the plant tastes like a mix of spearmint
. Bee balm was traditionally used by Native Americans as a seasoning
for wild game
, particularly birds. The plants are widespread across North America and can be found in moist meadows, hillsides, and forest clearings up to 5,000 feet (1,500 m) in elevation.
So now if you are in the backcountry, need a way to flavor some trout, maybe try some bee balm? Or if your fishing partner had too much chili the day before, you know what to do...
As far as fishing yesterday... how low were you and were the temps/levels a factor or were you off the beaten path enough?