Oswego tea
Oswego tea


Oswego tea is made from an herb called Monarda didyma. It has a smell similar to bergamot and has sometimes been used as medicine.

People use Oswego tea for flatulence, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and other purposes, but there is no good scientific evidence to support its use for any purpose.

Oswego tea is sometimes called bee balm. Lemon balm is also called bee balm, but these are not the same.
When taken by mouth: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Oswego tea is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy: Oswego tea is likely unsafe to use when pregnant. It might start your period, and that could cause a miscarriage.

Breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Oswego tea is safe to use when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


There is interest in using Oswego tea for a number of purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
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Dosing & administration

There isn't enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose of Oswego tea might be. 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 a healthcare professional before using.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if Oswego Tea interacts with any medicines. Before taking Oswego Tea, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.
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