Honeysuckle – The best tea
Honeysuckle is a plant that grows wild in temperate climates and whose flowers offer a pleasant aroma at the end of summer. In China, a lot of honeysuckle tea is consumed; both for its pleasant taste and to take advantage of its health benefits.
Properties and benefits of honeysuckle for colds and flu
In China, they take advantage of the benefits of honeysuckle for the treatment of colds and flu once the acute phase of the process has been reached. The febrifuge and expectorant properties of honeysuckle are an excellent complement to the initial treatment with ginger, mucolytic and anti-inflammatory.
In addition, honeysuckle presents antiseptic properties at a general level and balsamic at the level of the respiratory system. These medicinal properties of honeysuckle are complemented by their content in carvacrol and luteolin, antitussive agents.
More health benefits for the Honeysuckle
Other benefits of honeysuckle are related to its purification capacity of the organism. Honeysuckle is a liver protector, which helps in the treatment of hepatitis and in the recovery of cirrhosis (provided that 100% of the liver is not cirrhotic and cannot regenerate). At the renal level, the diuretic properties of honeysuckle help to expel grit from the kidney and can be interesting, if combined with other medicinal plants, in the treatment of gout and arthritis.
Honeysuckle flowers tea helps control anxiety and sleep.
For topical use, the antiseptic properties of honeysuckle explain its presence in the treatment of small wounds or gingivitis.
Other names: Goat leaf, seaweed, dolçamel, lligabosc, ezker-aien, auntz-osto, bigorda, madressilva.
The honeysuckle bark of the forest was used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, although it was forgotten in the middle Ages. Opposite leaves. Leaves opposite, oval, sessile, at the top of the stems welded by their base forming a cup; shortly petiolate, very pale below. It blooms in spring and summer. White and yellow or pink flowers, often dyed red, grouped on top and very perfumed. The fruit is a red berry, ovoid, of several seeds. Root with adventitious buds. The plant is melliferous. Nice smell.
Virtues: The flowers of the honeysuckle have extraordinary diuretic property, a virtue that also has the bark and the leaves to which they unite their astringent, diaphoretic and emetic power. This plant is also used as an effective deterrent, antiseptic and sudorific. It is widely used for rinsing in case of inflammation of the mouth. Interestingly, however, that if the bark, leaves and flowers have the mentioned virtues, the berries, on the contrary, are toxic and cause serious accidents.
In all uses, the forest honeysuckle, which we study here, can be replaced by the common honeysuckle (Lonicera caprifolium L), which was introduced into the gardens and escaped from them by feuding. It blooms before the autochthonous species, perfuming the air, especially at the end of the afternoon. Recall that in the past honeysuckle syrup with a béquica and colagoga action was prepared. After taking it, the sick, slightly intoxicated, had to vomit and this provided them with obvious relief.
Presence: Honeysuckle, very common in Spain, grows spontaneously in hills, hedges, river slopes, in the low forest of the mountains: Up to 1,000 m of altitude.
It is also cultivated for ornamental purposes, as it is a climbing plant of extraordinary beauty and delicate perfume.
The name of the goat’s leaf is due, perhaps, to what is looked for by these animals or because it climbs climbing in a similar way to how the goats climb. This perennial plant is usually rolled into supports and can live more than 40 years.
Properties of honeysuckle
Anginas: It is astringent and antiseptic. Gargle with the decoction for 10 minutes of a teaspoon of dried leaves per cup of water sweetened with honey.
Nervous Arrhythmias: Infusion of a teaspoon of dried flowers per cup of water. Take a couple of cups a day.
Wrinkles: It helps to reduce wrinkles and prevents their appearance. Apply honeysuckle oil.
Arthritis: Helps to eliminate accumulated liquids in the joints and deflates them, reducing pain and favouring the mobility of patients. Infusion for 10 minutes of half a teaspoon of crushed leaves per glass of water. Take two or three glasses a day.
Asthma: Infusion of a teaspoon of dried flowers per cup of water. Take a couple of cups a day.
Bronchitis: Helps to expel the secretions and reduces the respiratory difficulty of these patients. Infusion of a spoonful of dried flowers per cup of water for 15 minutes. Take a couple of cups a day, sweetened with honey.
Kidney Stones: Promotes the expulsion of kidney stones. Infusion for 10 minutes of half a teaspoon of crushed leaves per glass of water. Take two or three glasses a day.
Edemas: Infusion for 10 minutes of a pinch of crushed leaves per glass of water. Take two or three glasses a day.
Diseases of the Liver: Protects the liver, tones it and helps it recover. Leave it for 5 minutes of three tablespoons of dried leaves and a teaspoon of dried flowers. Allow to cool and take a couple of glasses a day before the two main meals.
Diseases of the Nervous System: It is sedative infusion, a teaspoon of dried flowers per cup of water. Take a couple of cups a day.
Involuntary Spasms: Infusion of a teaspoon of dried flowers per cup of water. Take a couple of cups a day.
Gingivitis: Deflates the gums and stops bleeding. Gargle with the decoction for 10 minutes of a teaspoon of dried leaves per cup of water sweetened with honey.
Influenza: Infusion of a spoonful of dried flowers per cup of water for 15 minutes. Take a couple of cups a day, sweetened with honey.
Hepatitis: Decoction for 5 minutes of three tablespoons of dried leaves and a teaspoon of dried flowers. Allow to cool and take a couple of glasses a day before the two main meals.