The benefits of Honeysuckle tea has been known, both in the Western and Eastern medicine spheres. Though rarely used, Western herbal practitioners employed the honeysuckle to treat asthma and many forms of urinary disorders. Meanwhile, the “jin yin” or the Chinese/Japanese variety of the honeysuckle has been mentioned in the Chinese medical book “Tang Ben Cao” as being among the most potent herbs for eliminating heat and accumulated toxins from the body.
The honeysuckle is a climbing plant that has arching vines and is quite common in the Northern Hemisphere. The plant can grow up to twelve feet in length. Some varieties of the honeysuckle are evergreen while others are deciduous. The honeysuckle possesses oval-shaped leaves on the branches. The flowers are tubular in shape and come in either the yellow-orange or yellow-white shade. These flowers produce sweet, edible nectars. Honeysuckle plants produce berries.
The beneficial constituents of honeysuckle are inositol, tannins, luteolin and a volatile oil. These can be found in the flowers, which should be harvested just before the bud opens.
To make honeysuckle tea, place 1 cup of honeysuckle flowers in 1 quart of boiling water. Let the mix steep for at least 10 minutes, and then strain. Drink up to 3 cups a day.
Those with chronic diarrhea caused by treatment for chronic diseases should not use honeysuckle.
The following are some health benefits attributed to this tea:
- May help alleviate sores and swellings of the eyes, throat and breast.
- May help alleviate headaches.
- May help fight infections in the bladder.
- Said to inhibit the bacteria that causes salmonella, strep, staph and tuberculosis infections.
- May help soothe respiratory passages.
- May help alleviate fever.
- May help treat nausea and vomiting caused by hepatitis-C.