Honeysuckle Lonicera periclymenum
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Honeysuckle
How to Use: Honeysuckle
This sweet smelling shrub fills the summer air with it's sweet scent, however this pretty climbing vine is more than just a pretty face, it may just be the cure for the common cold. The Chinese name the honeysuckle flower jin yin hua or shuang hua, and the stem jin yin teng or jen tung. It is considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs in Chinese herbology, a far cry from the Western way classification as an ornamental vine for the backyard fence. They use the flowers to reduce inflammation, fever and heat cases of acute respiratory infection and common colds, inflammations of the skin, gastrointestinal tract, and rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis. In TCM, honeysuckle is used in combination with Chrysanthemum flowers to lower high blood pressure. In combination with Forsythia fruit, honeysuckle makes an effective remedy against the common coldHC# 083063-094
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Teas, tinctures, flower water. ointments. The only remedy I can find with instructions for use is and old one from John Evelyn (1792), who mentions using the spring buds of honeysuckle in the same manner and purposes as elderflower. 4
Honeysuckle Side Effects: Honeysuckle is not intended for long-term use. While the flowers are low in toxicity, the fruits, leaves, and stems are more toxic. Symptoms of poisoning include extreme tiredness, drowsiness, dilated pupils, and photosensitivity.HC# 083063-094
A caprifolium blooming in a norwegian garden
Honeysuckles come in wide variety of cultivars, some are hardy shrubs and most are climbing vines that grow widely in North America. Some are deciduous and some, in warmer regions, are evergreen. Honeysuckles are heat-tolerant and honeysuckle plant will draw abundant wildlife with its sweet yellow to bright-red blossoms.
Regional Traditions :Traditional Chinese Medicine *
History and Traditions & FolkloreThe flowers have been highly valued for medicinal purposes by many cultures worldwide and their use was recommended by Dioscorides and Gerard.
Mercury hath dominion over the common sort. Dodoneus saith, The leaves and flowers are good to ease the griping pains of the gout, the herb being boiled and used in a clyster. If the herb be made into a poultice, and applied to inflammations, it will ease them. The juice dropped in the eyes, is a familiar medicine, with many country people, to take away the pin and web (as they call it) in the eyes; it also allays the heat and blood shooting of them. Country people do also in many places drink the juice thereof against the biting of an adder; and having boiled the herb in water, they first wash the place with the decoction, and then lay some of the herb also to the hurt place. The herb also boiled in swine's grease, and so made into an ointment, is good to apply to the biting of any venomous creature. The herb also bruised and heated between tiles, and applied hot to the share, causes them to make water who had it stopt before. It is held likewise to be good for wounds, and to take away seed. The decoction of the herb and flowers, with the seed and root, taken for some time, helps women that are troubled with the whites. The seed and flowers boiled in water, and afterwards made into a poultice with some oil, and applied, helps hard swellings and imposthumes.