© 2009 Honor Marks
Spotted Bee Balm
oil on canvas

Spotted Bee Balm is considered vitally important to the honey industry as it is a favorite of bees. It has another common name, Horsemint, which hints at its medicinal use. The plant contains thymol, an antiseptic and local anesthetic used in liniments, lip balms, toothpaste, and mouthwash.