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Herbal Lemonade with Blue Hyssop

Herbal Lemonade with Blue Hyssop

Herbal Lemonade with Blue Hyssop |

What is blue hyssop you may ask? A month ago, I couldn’t have told you but this year I decided to sign up for the Community Supported Medicine Share (CSM) offered by my CSA coop, Lancaster Farm Fresh (which represents over 70 farms around Lancaster County, PA) and I’m slowly becoming more educated about the healing power of different herbs, plants and flowers like blue hyssop.

The all-organic offerings come from Lancaster Farmacy (such a great name!) and so far, I’ve gotten some interesting dried herbs for teas, a super cool “Beat Feet” foot soak, salves and fresh herbs like sage, yarrow and blue hyssop.

Sage, Yarrow & Blue Hyssop |

Most of the herbs can be used fresh or dried in a tincture or a poultice. Since I’m not quite the Pioneer Medicine Woman yet, I’ve decided to use the herbs for other recommendations – like sage in a homemade disinfecting spray (will get back to you on that one!) and blue hyssop in this lemonade.

Herbal Lemonade with Blue Hyssop |

Blue hyssop looks like the lavender plant and has long been used as a purifier. You can use to make a cough syrup or a calming tea. It has a rather strong, earthy flavor with a hint of mint and camphor and can be used in soups, salads or drinks like this lemonade.

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Herbal Lemonade with Blue Hyssop |

Herbal Lemonade with Blue Hyssop

  • Author: by Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD


Blue hyssop is an healing herb that adds a flavorful punch to homemade herbal lemonade. Swap in other herbs like basil, thyme or mint in your summer drinks.


  • 8 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons chopped blue hyssop (or another herb like basil, mint, thyme or tarragon)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • Juice from 6 lemons


  1. Bring water to a boil then add blue hyssop and honey. Cover with a lid and steep for 15 minutes. Strain the herbs out and discard.
  2. Mix steeped water with lemon juice and chill in refrigerator until serving (at least 2 hours.)


Adapted from Lancaster Farmacy

Herbal Lemonade with Blue Hyssop |

If you don’t have blue hyssop for your lemonade, you could use all kinds of herbs instead like mint, basil, tarragon, thyme – the sky’s the limit! Here’s some herbal lemonade inspiration from Cooking Light:

Basil & Blueberry Lemonade

Cilantro Lime Jalapeño Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade

Do you ever use herbs for purposes other than cooking? Do you make your own lemonade? Would love to hear from you!


Wednesday 10th of June 2015

I was scouring the internet today to find a use for the blue hyssop I just picked up today for my herb share from, you guessed it, Lancaster Farm Fresh! This looks delightful. Thanks for sharing.

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Wednesday 10th of June 2015

LOL - I'm so glad you found this recipe and what a small world belonging to the same CSA share! Let me know if you make it and I often blog about recipes from my CSA share items so hope you can find some more you may like too :)

Ashely Brown

Tuesday 16th of July 2013

Blue hyssop provides a great support for the immune system, never, and brain. I liked the way you have used hyssop in your recipe . Thanks for sharing the interesting recipe with us!!

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