Honeysuckle

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Honeysuckle is a medicinal flower that has been revered for thousands of years for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and calming and relaxing properties.

Honeysuckle is a potent detoxifier and is known to swiftly remove poisons and heat from the body.

Honeysuckle is also very helpful for respiratory problems such as bronchitis, COPD, asthma, coughs, and colds and acts as an expectorant and emollient to help clear and soothe respiratory passages.

Honeysuckle has also been known to help treat diarrhea, chronic gastroenteritis, fever, urinary tract infections, digestive disorders, ulcers, and skin infections.

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Honeysuckle is highly beneficial for fighting off the bacteria that causes strep throat, tuberculosis, and salmonella poisoning and for helping to alleviate headaches and nausea.

Honeysuckle’s anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties make it particularly good for those suffering from auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Chron’s disease, fibromyalgia, lupus, bursitis, and chronic fatigue syndrome or those who suffer with edema, bloating, and water retention.

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Honeysuckle is often prepared as a tea with 1 tsp of dried herb to 1 cup of water. Pour boiling water over herb and let steep for 10 minutes or more and sweeten with raw honey if desired.

Essential oil of honeysuckle is a popular addition to massage oils, soaps, creams, and vaporizers as it is known to help relax and calm the body, mind, and soul.

Honeysuckle cream is also very beneficial for eczema, psoriasis, skin rash, rosacea, as well as for anti-aging and wrinkle prevention. It is also commonly found in hair care products due to its ability to add volume, shine, and elasticity to hair as well to keep the scalp healthy and clear.

Growing

hone3Honeysuckles are heat-tolerant and wildly attractive in any garden. Give them plenty of space for they will expand.

A honeysuckle plant is a great addition to any landscape and will draw abundant wildlife with its sweet, yellow to bright-red blossoms.

Honeysuckles (Lonicera spp.) belong to a large family that consists of  hardy shrubs and vines. While honeysuckles prefer full sun, they will tolerate some shade.

The honeysuckle plant is also tolerant of different soil types, though it helps to grow the vine in well-draining soil amended with organic matter.

Traditionally found in woodland, honeysuckles are used to growing in shady conditions beneath the tree canopy, or in hedgerows.

 

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