Honey from the Hyssop plant

I’ve put 2+2 together and am hoping a fellow beekeeper/ honey obsessed nut will be able to help me = 5. I’m obsessed with the healing qualities of honey right now. Ok more obsessed than I was before.  When I get a bout of insomnia, there’s all sorts going through my brain and I end up googling and scanning articles and I’m still amazed how you can stumble across something potentially useful in a few clicks of a button.  Ok, not a doctor and not daft enough to think that honey is a cure for a chronic illness that affects the respiratory and digestive system but can it help relieve symptoms? There are studies that show how honey helps when you have a cough, sore throat or cold right?

When reading up on natural remedies, I came across Hyssop. I’ve since read that the hyssop plant contains ‘stuff’ (excuse the techinical terminology) that acts as an expectorant (lubricates the respiratory tract – see mucokinetics on wikipedia), and has some kind of antiseptic qualities.  It’s also a popular plant among beekeepers because it grows well and has a long flowering purple type flower so it provides plenty of nectar for bees.

Erm, are you following my train of thought here?

Well, I can only guess that like Manuka & the tea tree plant that the honey from the hyssop is going to be pretty distinctive in flavour too – a licorice mint?.  Especially as it is part of the mint family.  I love mint and would love to taste a minty honey… but more importantly would also like to see if this would provide someone who is suffering, a little relief.

Is that totally bonkers?

I’ll be putting the feelers out at beekeeping class but thought it was worth reaching out to the beekeeping bloggers out there too.  I’m dying to get my hands on some honey that might have come from this plant.

Anise Hyssop - looks a bit like lavender

Anise Hyssop – looks a bit like lavender

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3 comments

  1. You don’t sound bonkers to me. I, unfortunately, have no idea what hyssop honey tastes like or it’s properties but will keep watching your blog to see if you learn anything.

  2. It makes sense, as people strongly believe that honey from the area in which they live has the capacity to alleviate allergies. Good luck!

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