Oswego Tea

Other Name(s):

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.

Overview

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.

Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Oswego tea for these uses.

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).

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Side Effects

There isn't enough reliable scientific information to know whether Oswego tea is safe and what the possible side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to use Oswego tea if you are pregnant. It might start your period, and that could cause a miscarriage. It's also best to avoid using Oswego tea if you are breast-feeding. Not enough is known about how Oswego tea might affect a nursing infant.

Dosing

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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References

Gruenwald J, Brendler T, Jaenicke C. PDR for Herbal Medicines. 1st ed. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company, Inc., 1998.

McGuffin M, Hobbs C, Upton R, Goldberg A, eds. American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, LLC 1997.

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