Horsemint – Monarda bradburiana (often several of the Monarda genus)

Parts used: leaf, flower

Traditional uses: Infusion used for colds, chills, as a febrifuge, and for bowel complaints. Can be used externally in oils and salves for dermatological needs. Used in many of the same ways as Monarda fistulosa.

For stomach cramps and bellyache – “Red-pepper tea, catnip tea, horsemint (Monarda) tea all of these are mightily cried up as remedies for stomach cramps or bellyache.” ~Randolph OMF 95-96

Tea used for worms – “Horsemint tea is supposed to be a sure cure for rectal worms in children.” ~Randolph OMF 106-107

For diarrhea – “Horse mint (Monarda) is good for diarea.” ~Parler FBA II 2067

For kidney health – “Horse Mint (Monarda) leaves to make a tea out of helps the kidneys.” ~Parler FBA III 2596


Moerman, Daniel E. Native American Ethnobotany (NAE)

Parler, Mary Celestia Folk Beliefs from Arkansas (FBA)

Randolph, Vance Ozark Magic and Folklore (OMF)