The leaves and flowers are edible, often steeped into hot water to make an herbal tea, or they can be blended into smoothies. The leaves can also be used as a substitute for French tarragon or mint, or they can be mixed into pasta, tossed into green salads, floated on soups, or stirred into fruit bowls for added flavor.
Anise hyssop contains rich essential oils comprised of methyl eugenol, a natural compound providing antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. The essential oils also contain limonene, a compound found to neutralize stomach acid and promote a healthy digestive tract, and methyl chavicol, a compound used to flavor liquors and beverages like root beer.
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