As its name suggests, this herb smells and tastes like licorice. Chopped leaves in salads, stews and sauces, as well as in tea, are believed to aid digestion and calm coughs.
Grow: Not only is anise-hyssop ideal for tea, but it will look nice in your garden, too. Plant it behind other herbs and flowers because it can grow to about 1 metre tall and you’ll want to see its pretty blue buds. It also produces lots of nectar, so it’s likely to attract bees, butterflies and, if you’re lucky, hummingbirds.
Drink: Both the leaves and flowers, dried, can be used in tea. Use about a teaspoon of dried anise-hyssop per cup of boiling water.