Bee Balm essential oil is a sweet, herbaceous essence distilled from purple Monarda fistulosa flowers. Found and foraged in the wilds of Canada, this honey-making herb is also known as Oswego tea and horsemint. The oil is gentle yet effectively antiviral, antibacterial, and mildly astringent.
It is perfect for pore purification and acne. Enjoy it in facial serums, massage blends for muscles, and chests balms for easy breathing. Bee Balm is beautiful blended with lavender for a lovely linen spray and benevolent bedtime bath blend.
Botanical Name: Monarda fistulosa
Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Part of Plant Distilled: Flowers
Country of Origin: Canada
Cultivation Method: Organic
Beautiful as a facial steam oil and as an addition to steam to boost respiratory ease. Combined with tamanu as a carrier oil, it is effective for treating acne, dandruff, sores, lesions, and more. As a tisane diluted with honey it is a lovely throat tonic and lover of lungs. Add to our Salt Pipe to inhale its benefits into chest and lungs. Mix with marjoram for muscles and relaxing blends.
Bee Balm is broad spectrum essence that is a tender alternative to oregano and thyme. It is reminiscent of the gentle effectiveness of Sweet Thyme for use in skincare, lung care, and children’s remedies. The essential oil’s constituents are a well-balanced mix of monoterpene alcohols featuring geraniol (over 90%), linalool, thymol, and sesquiterpenes.
In The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, Kurt Schnaubelt recommends Monarda as an essential oil for the bath and shower as it is “refreshing and gentle for easy use directly on the skin… a radiant tonic and powerful emotional uplift; comes with some tingle, which may be too strong for some skin types, so it can be diluted” with other essential oils such as Lavender or Frankincense.
He also writes, “On the other end of the spectrum [from Tea Tree] is Monarda fistulosa from Quebec, an aromatherapy speciality, it has a brilliant fragrance and, for most individuals, leaves a slightly sharp but pleasant tingle on the skin when used in the shower. It is one of the most effective antiviral essential oils and is effective for upper respiratory and urogenital infections.”