Latin: Lonicera sp.
Parts Used: Flower buds
Taste/Energetics: Bitter, Sweet, cooling, dispersive
Properties: Diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-tumoral, analgesic, expectorant, antispasmodic, anxiolytic, antitumoral
Actions: This beautiful flower grows wildly nearby to me and I always stop to admire its gorgeous twining vines and elongated colorful flowers. Honeysuckle flowers have a long history of fighting off colds and the flu as well as any inflamed infection. Its anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic nature makes it helpful for ulcers and cramping in the stomach, bronchial and urinary tract infections and hot inflamed arthritic tendencies. Its anti-inflammatory qualities can be put to good use externally as well for eczema and weeping psoriasis that looks inflamed.
For mental health concerns, this is a wonderful herb for hot, overstressed, excitable, anxious, frenzied and occasionally angry/ragey folks- also known as Pitta/Choleric types. Honeysuckle cools and soothes, quells anxiety and softens hard people who tend to yell and fuss a lot.
Dosage: This is an herb I like as a tea, or as a flower essence or “drop dose” for overheated, overly intense and often “angry at a drop of a hat” folks. This is a relative of Elder (Sambucus racemosa) and has similar cooling, soothing, relaxing properties. 1-2 tsp infused in cup of hot water for 5 mins.