Anise Hyssop or Giant Blue Hyssop, is a perennial purple flowering plant that is native to America. The pretty purple spikey blooms grow up to a height of three to four feet and produce a rich source of nectar which is known to make bees goes gaga.
Herbal beekeepers also recommend several other herbs to increase the nectar production, attract bees as well as protect the hives from ants and other insects and moths. Catnip and mint can be placed inside the hives to keep ants away while powdered garlic is effective in repelling mites. If you are a beekeeper, then you may want to keep herbs such as comfrey, calendula and plantain handy to treat bee stings.
Here are some health benefits of anise hyssop:
- Controls blood sugar levels
- Relives cold and cough
- Aids digestion and acts as a carminative
- Alleviates menstrual cramps
- Antiseptic and astringent properties