Honeysuckle Herb - Herbal Tea


Honeysuckle Herb

Native to the Northern Hemisphere, Honeysuckle is a flowering shrub with twining branches. Although some varieties are white or yellow, the bright orange flower of the Honeysuckle is more commonly known and is celebrated for its sweet nectar that attracts hummingbirds.

The Honeysuckle produces a berry that contains the seed and most varieties of Honeysuckle berry are poisonous with only a few species being edible. The Honeysuckle most common in the United States is considered an invasive weed and is controlled by cutting and burning all the way to the root; this process has to be repeated every couple of weeks until the root is completely dead.

While most Honeysuckle in the US is used decoratively many people enjoy plucking a blossom and sucking out the sweet nectar. The Japanese variety is used for its culinary and medicinal value.

Honeysuckle Tea

Herbal Tea Recipe

Honeysuckle tea is best with the fresh herb and is prepared by simmering 2 cups of fresh flower and leaves in 1 quart of boiling water for 10 minutes. Honey can be added to enhance the flavor.

Honeysuckle Uses & Herbal Remedies

Honeysuckle Tea Benefits

Honeysuckle is often used to treat colds and infections due to its antibiotic properties and has been reported to be effective in the treatment of strep and other infections.

Honeysuckle is thought to be useful in treating skin irritations such as rashes caused by poison ivy or poison oak.

Honeysuckle tea is often used to ease the symptoms of asthma due to its antispasmodic properties.

Honeysuckle seeds have been used to flush the kidneys.

Honeysuckle Side Effects & Cautions

Most Honeysuckle berries are poisonous and should not be eaten.

Use caution when harvesting wild Honeysuckle to ensure it has not been sprayed!

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