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For the last two years I haven’t had any success in the Wild Bergamot (Mondara fistulosa) department.  I  have found in the wild in the past but it was either in quantities too low to harvest ethically or covered in mildew (which isn’t uncommon for Monarda).  This year I hit the jackpot!  Not only did I find large quantities of Monarda, it was healthy and mildew free!

Mondara Therapeutic Properties

Antimicrobial (bacterial, fungal, viral), anticatarrhal, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic (digestive, general, respiratory, uterine), anxiolytic, appetite stimulant, astringent, carminative (warming), cholagogue, circulatory stimulant, decongestant, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue (stimulating), expectorant, febrifuge, nervine, rubefacient, relaxant, stomachic, tranquilizer, uterine relaxant, neurovasodilator, peripheral vasodilator, vulnerary

Monarda has fantastic effects on the digestive system, helping with functional conditions such as gas, bloating, poor appetite/digestion and indigestion.  Due to its pungency, it serves as an excellent catalyst and circulatory stimulant.  Topically it’s heat can be felt in salves and poultices, therefore helping with deeper tissue injuries such as bruises, sprains and strains.  Wild Bergamot beneficial for all manner of respiratory conditions ranging from colds and flu to feverish conditions such as chicken pox.  Due to its antidepressant, anxiolytic, tranquilizer and relaxant properties, Monarda can be used for a variety of nervous system conditions.

Monarda Harvesting Photos

Here are some pictures from my Monarda harvesting adventure.

The hubs and I overjoyed with our Monarda find!

Wild Bergamot – Monarda fistulosa

Harvesting Monarda – taking the top 20-25% of the plant

Beautiful bergamot – almost ready to be processed

Chopping so fast that I’m blurry!

87 grams of chopped Monarda (for a 500ml jar)

Pouring the menstruum into the jar.

The finished product! Remember it’s always important to label your medicines.