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Bee Balm is a part of American History
Bee Balm is probably one of the most original looking flowers that you may come across.  It may come as a surprise to some, but Bee Balm is a part of American history.  Most Americans do not know how significant it is to our history. 
When you look at the blossom, one can say it breaks away from the norm, and does its own thing; much like the original American Colonists appeared to the world as they broke away from rule of the English crown. 
Bergamot or 'Bee Balm' is a source of tea which was a popular substitute for the imported variety amongst the mid-Atlantic patriots in the wake of the Boston Tea Party. That period was probably the best in bergamot's history, though it retains its mystique, thanks to a striking appearance and the richly American nick-name, Oswego tea. The red variety is commonly what is referred to as Oswego Tea.
Bee Balm is a part of American history, as it gave the American Colonists an alternative tea (Oswego Tea), allowing the Sons of Liberty to gain popular support for taking a stand against England resulting in the Boston Tea Party. Oswego Tea was used by colonists in place ... more

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