Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Anise Hyssop Tea...

At one time...
I used to peruse the supermarket isles and pick up herb flavored teas
now, I make pitchers of black or green tea and infuse my homegrown herb plants in them

I have seen butterflies, hummingbirds and our honey bees at my anise hyssop flowers
no wonder our Pilgrim's Farm raw honey tastes so good

native to North America, the Cheyenne and Chippewa Indians used it for cold and cough remedies
as a tea, it is good for the digestion

the leaves can be dried and preserved in honey for the treatment of coughs and poultices

both the flowers and chopped leaves make a great garnish topping in salads...
giving the dish a wonderful licorice flavor

the tea made of the anise hyssop can be used for poaching fruit for desserts

when I need to prune down my anise hyssop plant, I use the cuttings and flowers for making my teas...
and drying for the other uses

the plant is easily grown from seed or cuttings and can be potted or put into the ground
does well in sandy, loose soil and...
loving humidity, it's best to keep moist, but not waterlogged

a handful of the leaves and flowers put into a pitcher

about 4 to 6 teaspoons of loose tea or a few teabags...
depending on how strong you like your tea

heat up some filtered water but, not boiling
and pour over the tea and leaves, stirring to crush the leaves and flowers for infusing more flavor

leave to steep for a few hours to get that beautiful licorice flavor
sweeten how you like it...I sweeten mine with raw honey
that is one good tea, and I love it iced on a warm day
somehow, licorice and hot days go well together

May the Lord who blesses us with all these things...
shed His grace on you this day, or night.


  1. What a great idea. Your pix truly are beautiful as is the encouragement. I hopped through from Diane's blog. So glad I did.
    Blessings to you,

  2. I love this site! I am a friend of Diane's and have a blog as well. Your photography is beautiful and I love the animals you have! What a wonderful place you live in. I am in Florida so we have the same sandy soil and lots of rain in the summer. Your pictures are a blessings and I may wish to take you up on your offer to use some at my blog if the occasion arises if that is all right with you. Thank you for this wonderful place to visit! God's blessings today!

    1. Barbara, thanks for visiting and commenting! My photos are copyright free. I only have my blog name on them because some people would like to remember where they got them from. You are certainly welcome to any you may use. I'll be by to visit you!

  3. I love your photos, as always. So beautiful! Your tea sounds wonderful! Have a blessed day!

  4. I went through a phase drinking all kinds of fancy teas. But in the end I came back to plain old Lipton!

  5. Yumm... sounds wonderful! I love tea sweetened with honey.

  6. Yummm...this tea looks divine!
    Have a blessed day!

  7. Oh my that looks DELISH!! pass me a glass please hehehe ~Love Heather

  8. Visiting from Diane's blog and I am so blessed to meet you! This tea looks amazing and I look forward to visiting you more often!

  9. This does look so delicious and refreshing. I always enjoy seeing how you use what is around you.

  10. Thanks for this one Jean! I didn't even know that I have a herbal plant like that on my backyard. I just saw the picture on this article and I said to myself that it looks familiar. Then hola! I do have one in my garden. Same thing happened with my tulsi(holy basil). I made some tea out of it! Thank you very much for this one Jean!

  11. I planted those seeds this spring, determined to have some Anise Hysopp in my garden, but no go, well there is always next year.

    Your plants look lovely, and so does the tea.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams