honeysuckle May 8, 2010

Filed under: Food and drink — cnesgreen @ 7:26 pm


The honeysuckle is a climbing plant that has arching vines and is quite common in the Northern Hemisphere. The plant can grow up to twelve feet in length. Some varieties of the honeysuckle are evergreen while others are deciduous. The honeysuckle possesses oval-shaped leaves on the branches. The flowers are tubular in shape and come in either the yellow-orange or yellow-white shade. These flowers produce sweet, edible nectars. Honeysuckle plants produce berries.


Honeysuckle has a fruit and 2 flowers, a yellow one and a white one, looks like gold and silver. They are in pairs, so it is called "two treasure flowers", "a pair of flowers".



The three main parts of the honeysuckle plant that are used medicinally are the flowers,flower buds & stems.The flowers are traditionally used to make syrup that has been used as an expectorant for bad coughs,asthma & as a diuretic.




Honeysuckle Benefits have been known, both in the Western and Eastern medicine spheres. Though rarely used, Western herbal practitioners employed the honeysuckle to treat asthma and many forms of urinary disorders. Meanwhile, the "jin yin" or the Chinese/Japanese variety of the honeysuckle has been mentioned in the Chinese medical book "Tang Ben Cao" as being among the most potent herbs for eliminating heat and accumulated toxins from the body.





The beneficial constituents of honeysuckle are inositol, tannins, luteolin and a volatile oil. These can be found in the flowers, which should be harvested just before the bud opens.


Since 659 AD, traditional Chinese medicine has considered honeysuckle one of the most important herbs for releasing poisons from and clearing heat from the body.


The flowers can be infused to create a hot tea that can operate as an expectorant.


Because it is a natural antibiotic, honeysuckle can also be used to treat infections caused by staphylococcal or streptococcal bacteria.


External use for irritation and infections. Honeysuckle is useful in alleviating rashes ranging from skin diseases to poison oak. For these types of skin ailments, honeysuckle is best used as a poultice. For cuts and abrasions that may become infected, a honeysuckle infusion may be applied externally.


Honeysuckle is used by herbalists for:

Clear fever, detoxify, detumescence and make eyes brighter, evacuate chill.

Cure fever caused by internal hot or external infection.

Clears the lungs and strengthens general health.

Kills or inhibits the action of germs.

Assist to treat appendicitis and ligated ulceration

Reduces ulcers, swell, sore throat, skin infection.






To make honeysuckle tea:


Step 1: Prepare 2tsp (about 3g) dry honeysuckle.

Step 2: Pour boiling hot water over the tea and wash it for about 10 seconds.

Step 3: Strain the tea and pour hot water over the tea again.

Step 4: Steep the mix for 5-10 minutes.

Step 5: Strain the tea and enjoy!









Honeysuckle is often combined with other herbs, including cowslip & mulberry to create a healing tea that is used to treat coughs & mild symptoms of asthma.


Other herbals like mint, Chrysanthemum, Jasmine, Rose are also match well with Honeysuckle.


Empress Dowager Cixi (18351908). She liked flowers tea very much. She had a good appetite and did not have one-sided diet. After meals, she usually took honeysuckle flower tea, jasmine tea or rose tea.






Honeysuckle Flower tea, a sweet-tasting and smelling herb, is one of the most commonly used sore throat remedies in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as a remedy for sore throats


In hot summer, honeysuckle boiled with white chrysanthemum, sugar and water can loose heat, solve hot, sterilize and brighten eyes.


The strong grassy fragrance just like a cool breeze in your face.


As beverage, it can prevent children measles, sore furuncle, etc. The old often drinking it can prolong life, cure deficiency.


In recent years, honeysuckle has been made into series of health care beverage such as honeysuckle tea, silver flower crystal, silver flower dew, silver flower wine that have been launched and well received.







Once a bag of herbals or flowers is opened, The herbals could be kept in ambient and dry conditions such as in the living room, the study or the office, but it must be completely away from light, moisture, smell and heat.


An airtight container or a vacuum tank is an ideal storage solution.



Sealed Clips are also a good choice for opened packaging bags.




The quality of the herbals lasts longer if they are kept in the fridge. But please make sure the package is sealed and cover with a box to insulate from temperature change.


In addition, if the bag is taken in and out from the fridge very often, this will cause heat stress to the herbals as temperature is increased and decreased very frequently. Air will be drawn from outside and condensation will occur.



That is why we packed our herbals into small sealed packaging bags instead of large bags or boxes. You could open a small bag of the herbal and enjoy its freshness while the other bags are sealed and well kept in the fridge.








Honeysuckle should be used for acute conditions and is not meant to be used in the treatment of chronic illnesses.


Those with chronic diarrhea caused by treatment for chronic diseases should not use honeysuckle.


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