By Sarah Fiorello

Monarda punctata

Native to the eastern U.S.

Indigenous people shared with enslaved Africans how to make tea with the leaves as a remedy for treating colds, lowering fevers, and as a general health tonic. Tea made by simmering the roots in water has been given as a remedy for stimulating menstruation. It is also commonly known as rignum.

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