Bee Balm, Blue Balm, High Balm, Low Balm, Monarda, Monarda didyma, Monarde Écarlate, Monarde Échevelée, Mountain Balm, Mountain Mint, Scarlet Monarda, Té de Oswego, Thé d’Oswego.
Oswego tea is made from a plant. People use the tea as medicine.
People take Oswego tea for digestive disorders including gas. It is also used for fever, spasms, and fluid retention.
Women use Oswego tea for premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Be careful not to confuse Oswego tea with lemon balm, because both are called “bee balm.”
How does it work?
There is insufficient reliable information available about how Oswego tea might work.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Digestion disorders.
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
- Fluid retention.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
The appropriate dose of Oswego tea depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Oswego tea. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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