― 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,
– Honeysuckles are arching shrubs or twining bines in the family Caprifoliaceae, native to the Northern Hemisphere.
― are evergreen.
― Honeysuckles are heat-tolerant
Lonicera caprifoliaceae ( chin. : 金银花 )
– Approximately 180 species of honeysuckle have been identified. About 100 of these species can be found in China and approximately 20 native species have been identified in Europe, 20 in India, and 20 in North America.
– Widely known species include Lonicera periclymenum (honeysuckle or woodbine), Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle, white honeysuckle, or Chinese honeysuckle) and Lonicera sempervirens (coral honeysuckle, trumpet honeysuckle, or woodbine honeysuckle).
– honeysuckle plant qweespecially L. sempervirens and L. ciliosa (orange honeysuckle) often draw abundant wildlife with its sweet yellow to bright-red blossoms.
― 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.
. Honeysuckle gets its name because edible sweet nectar can be sucked from the flowers.
– The name Lonicera stems from Adam Lonicer, a Renaissance botanist.
– They use the flowers to reduce inflammations(of the skin, gastrointestinal tract),
― cases of acute respiratory infection
― rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis.
– In TCM, honeysuckle is used in combination with Chrysanthemum flowers to lower high blood pressure.
– The innate anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties of honeysuckle make it a wonderful natural remedy to cure severe headache.
– Sizzling honeysuckle tea if taken with a little amount of honey can help boost your immune system and help you fight several seasonal heath conditions such as cold and flu naturally.
– Furthermore, it works like a magic to provide instant relief from high fever and helps soothing sore throats and easing cough.
– Assistance in the maintenance of blood sugar levels is another most popular heath attribute of this amazing herb. Useful for diabetes: its consumption is good for regulating the blood sugar levels, thus lowering the risks of diabetes.
– Honeysuckle tea is believed to host certain elements that aid elimination of infection causing germs that cause strep, tuberculosis and salmonella infections.
– This amazing potion is also known to fight bladder infections and ensure smooth functioning of respiratory system.
– The oil extracted from this sweet smelling shrub is a great aromatherapy oil which helps alleviating mental and physical stress, leaving you feeling mentally calm and tranquil.
– This wonderful oil is a natural cleanser and detoxifier that cleans up human liver as we as body from wind, heat and toxins.
– Thanks to its excellent antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, honeysuckle oil works wonders to relieve skin rashes, poison ivy and blemishes. Additionally, it is also reported to offer relief from sunburn and minor burns.
– Honeysuckle leaves have great astringent abilities and thus they can be used in preparing gargles and mouthwash.
– The buds of honeysuckle flower can be efficiently used to treat various digestion related disorders. In addition, researches have highlighted its role in preventing breast cancer.
– Last but certainly not the least; honeysuckle tea is very effectual for the patients of hepatitis C as it helps curbing down the pesky nausea and vomiting sensation
– Its constituent compounds act as a diuretic and thus help in lessening the chances of kidney stones formation that is caused by the deposition of urate crystals in the urinary tract or the kidney. This provides relief from gout, as also aids in the treatment of impaired kidney functions.
– Helps relieve constipation: Because of its laxative properties, drinking honeysuckle tea facilitates smooth bowel movement and provides relief from constipation. Thus, it assists in reducing intestinal gas, bloating, and belching.
– Promotes sweating
It is a stimulating diaphoretic that helps the sweat pores to open up, and cools down the body by perspiration. It not only keeps the body from getting too warm during a fever but also cleanses the body. Therefore, by promoting sweating, this drink acts as a natural detoxifier.
– honeysuckle is the powerhouse of various powerful nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, dietary fibers, carbohydrates and much more. It contains significant dosage of calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, Rutin, and Quercetin that collectively work to guarantee smooth functioning of all body systems.
– Moreover, it also hosts a number of potent anti-oxidants and certain acids that fight free radicals and thus aid preventing different cancers and holding back the process of aging. This isn’t just enough; the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of this healthy shrub make it an excellent ingredient to prevent bacterial infections as well.