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  • Writer's pictureJon Mychal Heatherly

Best Herb to Save the Bees

Updated: Dec 3, 2021

Hints of anise and mint

Anise Hyssop excels at feeding pollinators, and indigenous from the Northern Plains use it medicinally. Rodale’s Gardening claimed planting one acre could feed 100 honeybee hives. The Iroquois treat poison ivy with it.

Anise Hyssop originates from the North American Midwest. The Cree and Chippewa burn it ceremonially, while the Ojibwa use it for protection. The Cheyenne drink its tea to relieve sadness and colds. Also possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

Scientific name: Agastache foeniculum Tastes: anise, mint, floral, bitter Uses: garnish, salad, fish, sweets, potpourri, folk medicine

Ingredients: 2 tbsp flowers, 1 cup water, seeds from half vanilla pod, 2 tbsp agave syrup

Directions: Combine ingredients. Bring to a boil. Remove heat. Cool, then strain flowers, and squeeze. Add to seltzer water and enjoy!

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