If honeysuckle makes you think of a sweet juice, you’re exactly right. The plant earned the nickname from its sugary nectar as Albanians remember slurping its flower juice as a rare phenomenon. Its beauty is indisputable but AgroWeb.org brings you interesting information about health benefit of honeysuckle, which botanic name is Lonicera japonica. Overview Two types of honeysuckle commonly are used for medicinal purposes: European honeysuckle, Lonicera
Two types of honeysuckle commonly are used for medicinal purposes: European honeysuckle, Lonicera pericylmenum and Japanese honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica. Herbalists use honeysuckle primarily for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and calming properties. Traditional Medicinal Benefits According to the
Traditional Medicinal Benefits
According to the experts honeysuckle has traditionally been used to treat a number of health conditions. Different parts of honeysuckle are used to treat different health conditions. Honeysuckle flowers were traditionally used to treat fevers, inflammation, diarrhea and skin infections.
Honeysuckle can be used to treat skin rashes, such as poison oak, cuts and abrasions on the skin. Honeysuckle stems are the preferred part of the plant to use in the treatment of skin care. Apply an infusion of honeysuckle to treat skin care conditions that are subject to infection. Be aware that some individuals may experience skin irritation from the application of honeysuckle.
Honeysuckle has antibiotic properties, and experts advises that honeysuckle can be used to treat infections caused by streptococcal bacteria. You can treat other types of inflammations and infections with honeysuckle, as well.
Respiratory and Bactericidal Benefits
Honeysuckle is believed to be an expectorant. An infusion of European honeysuckle flowers can be drunk as a tea to treat coughs and colds. Honeysuckle can also be used to treat upper respiratory tract infections and asthma. Specialists advises combining honeysuckle with chrysanthemum flowers to treat a cold.
Honeysuckle can be used as a massage oil, as it is relaxing and calming. Although there are no known side effects in the use of honeysuckle, AgroWeb.org suggest to consult a health professional before using honeysuckle as a herbal medicine, tincture, oil or remedy to treat any health conditions.
How to Dry HoneysuckleFlowers for Tea
Salicylic acid, a compound similar to aspirin, is found in both the honeysuckle’s leaves and blossoms and may be helpful in treating fevers, headaches, pains and arthritis. The fragrant flowers and buds, both fresh out of the garden and dried, can be used as a tea, and when you dry your own you can be more assured of their freedom from chemical residues.
Pick honeysuckle flowers early in the morning, taking fully formed blossoms that are just about to open, elongated but without the trumpet shape of the mature flower.
Spread flowers out on a flat surface so air can circulate between them, covering a square yard with a pound of flowers. You may lay them out between newspapers if the ink is nontoxic, or on a tray between layers of cheesecloth.
Place the tray or newspapers in a shady spot with good air circulation and low humidity. Let the flowers dry until they are brittle and break apart easily. This may take a few days to more than a week, depending on the humidity of your air.
Put dried flowers in airtight containers, preferably opaque jars to reduce the damage from light to the essential oils and chemical compounds. Store in a cool place.
To make a tea, pour a cup of boiling water over 1 tbsp. of dried honeysuckle flowers. For medicinal purposes, more may be used, but follow the advice of a health professional./AgroWeb.org