Jon Mychal Heatherly
Best Herb to Save the Bees
Updated: Dec 3, 2021
Hints of anise and mint
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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
Recipe: Anise Hyssop Seltzer
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!