Agastache foeniculum Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
anise-hyssop anise-mint blue giant-hyssop licorice-mint

Agastache foeniculum, commonly called anise hyssop, blue giant hyssop, Fragrant giant hyssop, or the lavender giant hyssop, is a species of perennial plant in the mint family,. This plant is native to much of north-central and northern North America, notably the Great Plains and other prairies, and can be found in areas of Canada. It is tolerant of deer and drought, and also attracts hummingbirds and butterflies making it an attractive selection for gardeners. Anise hyssop is in the same family as hyssop, but they are not closely related. Hyssop is a genus of about 10-12 species of herbaceous or semi-woody plants native from the east Mediterranean to central Asia. The genus name is related to the flower clusters, derived from the Greek word argan meaning "ear of grain".

Agastache foeniculum

Medical use

Economic importance of Agastache foeniculum

Food additives flavoring
Bee plants honey production
Environmental ornamental
Medicines folklore

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Geografical distribution

  • NORTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Subarctic America: Canada - Northwest Territory
    • Eastern Canada: Canada - Ontario
    • Western Canada: Canada - Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan
    • North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska , North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
    • Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Colorado , Montana , Wyoming
    Naturalized
    • Canada
    • United States

Biological activities

ACE-Inhibitor
Myrcene found in Plant (30 ppm)
AChE-Inhibitor
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Acaricide
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Aldose-Reductase-Inhibitor
Acacetin found in Inflorescence ;found in Leaf
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Cosmosiin found in Inflorescence ;found in Leaf
Cynaroside found in Inflorescence ;found in Leaf
Myrcene found in Plant (30 ppm)
Allelochemic
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Allelopathic
Camphene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Allergenic
Acacetin found in Inflorescence ;found in Leaf
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Benzaldehyde found in Plant (135 ppm)
Beta-pinene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Myrcene found in Plant (30 ppm)
Analgesic
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Myrcene found in Plant (30 ppm)
Trans-anethole found in Plant (20 ppm)
Anesthetic
Benzaldehyde found in Plant (135 ppm)
Trans-anethole found in Plant (20 ppm)
Antiacetylcholinesterase
D-limonene found in Plant
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Antiacne
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Antiadenomic
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Antiaflatoxin
Acacetin found in Inflorescence ;found in Leaf
Antiaggregant
Estragole found in Essential Oil (930000 ppm);found in Plant
Antiallergic
Acacetin found in Inflorescence ;found in Leaf
Antiasthmatic
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Antibacterial
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Benzaldehyde found in Plant (135 ppm)
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Cis-ocimene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Cosmosiin found in Inflorescence ;found in Leaf
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Myrcene found in Plant (30 ppm)
Anticancer
Benzaldehyde found in Plant (135 ppm)
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Anticariogenic
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Anticonvulsant
Myrcene found in Plant (30 ppm)
Antidermatitic
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Antiedemic
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Antiesophagitic
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Antifeedant
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Antiflu
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Antigenotoxic
Trans-anethole found in Plant (20 ppm)
Antihistaminic
Acacetin found in Inflorescence ;found in Leaf
Antiinflammatory
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Beta-pinene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Antileishmanic
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Antilithic
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Antilymphomic
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Antimalarial
Acacetin found in Inflorescence ;found in Leaf
Antimelanomic
D-limonene found in Plant
Antimutagenic
Acacetin found in Inflorescence ;found in Leaf
Anisaldehyde found in Plant (1 ppm)
Benzaldehyde found in Plant (135 ppm)
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Myrcene found in Plant (30 ppm)
Antinitrosaminic
Myrcene found in Plant (30 ppm)
Antinociceptive
Myrcene found in Plant (30 ppm)
Antiobesity
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Antionychyotic
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Antioxidant
Camphene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Myrcene found in Plant (30 ppm)
Trans-anethole found in Plant (20 ppm)
Antipeptic
Benzaldehyde found in Plant (135 ppm)
Antipneumonic
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Antiproliferant
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Antiradicular
Trans-anethole found in Plant (20 ppm)
Antiseptic
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Benzaldehyde found in Plant (135 ppm)
Beta-pinene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Antispasmodic
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Benzaldehyde found in Plant (135 ppm)
Beta-pinene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Myrcene found in Plant (30 ppm)
Antistaphylococcic
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Cis-ocimene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Antistreptococcic
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Antitumor-Promoter
D-limonene found in Plant
Antitumor
Benzaldehyde found in Plant (135 ppm)
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Antiulcer
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Antiviral
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Apoptotic
D-limonene found in Plant
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Aromatase-Inhibitor
Acacetin found in Inflorescence ;found in Leaf
Bronchoprotectant
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Calcium-Antagonist
Cynaroside found in Inflorescence ;found in Leaf
Estragole found in Essential Oil (930000 ppm);found in Plant
Methyl-chavicol found in Plant (12160 ppm)
Trans-anethole found in Plant (20 ppm)
Cancer-Preventive
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
D-limonene found in Plant
Estragole found in Essential Oil (930000 ppm);found in Plant
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Candidicide
Benzaldehyde found in Plant (135 ppm)
Beta-pinene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Cosmosiin found in Inflorescence ;found in Leaf
Candidistat
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Carcinogenic
Estragole found in Essential Oil (930000 ppm);found in Plant
Chemopreventive
D-limonene found in Plant
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Myrcene found in Plant (30 ppm)
Cholesterolytic
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Coleoptophile
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
DNA-Binder
Estragole found in Essential Oil (930000 ppm);found in Plant
Methyl-chavicol found in Plant (12160 ppm)
Detoxicant
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Differentiator
D-limonene found in Plant
Enterocontractant
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Expectorant
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Camphene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
FLavor
3-octanol found in Plant (35 ppm)
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Benzaldehyde found in Plant (135 ppm)
Beta-pinene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Camphene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
D-limonene found in Plant
Estragole found in Essential Oil (930000 ppm);found in Plant
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Myrcene found in Plant (30 ppm)
Trans-anethole found in Plant (20 ppm)
Fungicide
Anisaldehyde found in Plant (1 ppm)
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Cis-ocimene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Myrcene found in Plant (30 ppm)
Fungiphilic
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Fungistat
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
GST-Inducer
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Gastroprotective
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Hepatocarcinogenic
Estragole found in Essential Oil (930000 ppm);found in Plant
Methyl-chavicol found in Plant (12160 ppm)
Hepatoprotective
Acacetin found in Inflorescence ;found in Leaf
Herbicide
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Beta-pinene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Histaminic
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Hypocholesterolemic
Cynaroside found in Inflorescence ;found in Leaf
D-limonene found in Plant
Hypothermic
Estragole found in Essential Oil (930000 ppm);found in Plant
Methyl-chavicol found in Plant (12160 ppm)
Myrcene found in Plant (30 ppm)
Immunomodulator
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Immunostimulant
Benzaldehyde found in Plant (135 ppm)
Insecticide
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Anisaldehyde found in Plant (1 ppm)
Benzaldehyde found in Plant (135 ppm)
D-limonene found in Plant
Estragole found in Essential Oil (930000 ppm);found in Plant
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Methyl-chavicol found in Plant (12160 ppm)
Insectifuge
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Benzaldehyde found in Plant (135 ppm)
Beta-pinene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Camphene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
D-limonene found in Plant
Estragole found in Essential Oil (930000 ppm);found in Plant
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Myrcene found in Plant (30 ppm)
Insectiphile
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Interleukin-6-Inhibitor
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Iodothyronine-Deiodinase-Inhibitor
Acacetin found in Inflorescence ;found in Leaf
Irritant
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Beta-pinene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Myrcene found in Plant (30 ppm)
Larvicide
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Lipolytic
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Litholytic
D-limonene found in Plant
Mosquitocide
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Motor-Depressant
Benzaldehyde found in Plant (135 ppm)
Mutagenic
Acacetin found in Inflorescence ;found in Leaf
Estragole found in Essential Oil (930000 ppm);found in Plant
Myorelaxant
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Myrcene found in Plant (30 ppm)
NO-Genic
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Narcotic
Benzaldehyde found in Plant (135 ppm)
Nematicide
Benzaldehyde found in Plant (135 ppm)
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Nephrotoxic
D-limonene found in Plant
Ornithine-Decarboxylase-Inhibitor
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Ozone-Scavenger
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
P450-2B1-Inhibitor
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
D-limonene found in Plant
Myrcene found in Plant (30 ppm)
P450-Inducer
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Perfumery
3-octanol found in Plant (35 ppm)
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Beta-pinene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Estragole found in Essential Oil (930000 ppm);found in Plant
Myrcene found in Plant (30 ppm)
Peristaltic
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Pesticide
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Anisaldehyde found in Plant (1 ppm)
Benzaldehyde found in Plant (135 ppm)
Beta-pinene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Camphene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
D-limonene found in Plant
Germacrene-d found in Plant (2525 ppm)
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Methyl-chavicol found in Plant (12160 ppm)
Myrcene found in Plant (30 ppm)
Pheromone
Germacrene-d found in Plant (2525 ppm)
Photosensitizer
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Plasmodicide
Acacetin found in Inflorescence ;found in Leaf
Protisticide
Acacetin found in Inflorescence ;found in Leaf
Sedative
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Benzaldehyde found in Plant (135 ppm)
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Spasmogenic
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Beta-pinene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Camphene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Sweetener
Trans-anethole found in Plant (20 ppm)
Termiticide
Benzaldehyde found in Plant (135 ppm)
Termitifuge
Caryophyllene found in Plant (100 ppm)
Topoisomerase-I-Inhibitor
Acacetin found in Inflorescence ;found in Leaf
Tranquilizer
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Transdermal
Alpha-pinene found in Plant (35 ppm)
Beta-pinene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Limonene found in Plant (25 ppm)
Tyrosinase-Inhibitor
Anisaldehyde found in Plant (1 ppm)
Benzaldehyde found in Plant (135 ppm)

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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
(z)-beta-ocimene Plant 3 120
3-octanol Plant 3 35
3-octanone Plant 30
4-cadenen-ol Plant 5
Acacetin Inflorescence
Leaf
Alpha-pinene Plant 1 35
Anisaldehyde Plant 1
Benzaldehyde Plant 1 135
Beta-pinene Plant 2 25
Beta-sabinine Plant 1 125
Camphene Plant 1 35
Caryophyllene Plant 8 100
Cis-ocimene Plant 3 35
Cosmosiin Inflorescence
Leaf
Cynaroside Inflorescence
Leaf
D-limonene Plant
Dimethyl-hexanal Plant 1 60
Diosmetin-7-o-beta-d-glucoside Inflorescence
Leaf
Eo Plant 1,000 12,500
Estragole Essential Oil 820,000 930,000
Plant
Ethyldimethylheptene Plant 1 75
Germacrene-d Plant 25 2,525
Limonene Plant 2 25
Linalol Plant 15
Methyl-chavicol Plant 555 12,160
Myrcene Plant 30
Para-methoxy cinnamaldehyde Plant
Tilianin Inflorescence
Leaf
Trans-anethole Plant 20
Trans-ocimene Plant 15 1,150
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]