Herb of the Day: Honeysuckle

Herb Of The Day honeysuckle

A plant known either as a loved decoration or annoying weed for American gardens, honeysuckle is highly valued as an herb in Chinese medicine.  It is described as one of the most beneficial plants by Bach Flower Remedies, one of the 50 most prized plants in Chinese medicine and a key component of many Asian medical preparations.  Honeysuckle is not widely used by Western herbalists but gaining popularity.  It is used as a substitute for the highly endangered goldenseal herb due to its similar antibacterial and antiviral properties.  Honeysuckle flowers and leaves are used in culinary preparations and the flowers taste quite sweet. As an easy plant to grow and care for, both the stems and flowers are used by herbalists in a variety of preparations.

Traditional Uses

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Flu
  • Dysentery
  • Nausea
  • Infections
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Viruses
  • Headaches
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Liver Cleanser
  • Blood Pressure
  • Skin Inflammation
  • Gout

The Plant

Lonicera japonica is native to Asia but has spread worldwide due to its beauty and ease of care in home gardens.  The climbing vine of honeysuckle will grow up to twelve feet in length with oval leaves.  Sometimes seen as a weed, honeysuckle grows easily and produces beautiful, fragrant, flowers anywhere from white, pink, yellow or even shades of purple. As a favorite food for the white-tailed deer, this plant is often found in the wild among trees. It will commonly be seen growing along brick walls as well.  The flowers are cultivated in the late summer.  The berries can be toxic and honeysuckle often grows among toxic plants in the wild.  Wild harvesting should be done with extreme caution and alongside someone highly knowledgeable.

TriLight Health and Honeysuckle

We use honeysuckle in Scout Out.

Love scout out.  We use this at the early onset of a cold and it knocks it right out.  Seriously knocks it out.  We don't even end up with the full cold.  We have a saying in our home when we start feeling a cold "scout it out!" Always have a bottle of this in the cupboard.  Always. ~Lori

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Have you ever used this beautiful herb or grown it in your garden?

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