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Honey, have some honeysuckle!
Member Name: sweetpea1
Date: 04/05/01, updated on 04/05/01 (277 review reads)
Advantages: Smells lovely, Looks lovely, Medicinal purposes
Disadvantages: Does get very long!
Although Honeysuckle was born in Europe, it is widely grown throughout the world, especially China. There are also many kinds of species of it. In Europe, the most common kind is 'Lonicera Caprifolium'. It is a climbing shrub, growing to some 4 metres!! It has oval leaves, which grow opposite to each other, and yellow flowers, peppered with a hint of orange or white. The flowers also give way to red berries.
I have honeysuckle in my garden, although I'm not sure what species it is! It was already in my garden when I moved in, and has gone from strength to strength! It is pleasantly draped and twisted round my fence, and when flowered in the summer, looks and smells lovely! But in the winter time does look a bit bland.
Not only does honeysuckle look lovely, and smell divine, it does have it's medicinal purposes too. It is known to help the following ailments:
* Sore throats and gum problems
* Asthma (under the supervision of a qualified herbal or medicinal practitioner)
* Infections brought on by fever, sore throat and headache
* Abscesses or swellings, especially of the breast or throat
* Dysentery or painful urinary dysfunction
Wow! Isn't that amazing! Okay, so now you're wondering on how exactly do you use honeysuckle for any of the above named. Well, I shall tell you!
You use internally as an infusion. 200 ml (8 fl oz) twice daily. You use the infusion as a gargle or mouthwash - again twice a day. The parts used are the flowers and leaves. You can make tea with these parts by boiling the leaves or flowers in water for 10 minutes. The berries are NOT to be used, as they are poisonous. It is said that the leaves are used as a mouthwash for sore throats and gum problems, and the flowers are used in the treatment of asthma, where they relax the airway.
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