Two types of honeysuckle commonly are used for medicinal purposes: European honeysuckle, Lonicera pericylmenum and Japanese honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica. Herbalists use honeysuckle primarily for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and calming properties. Consult a qualified health professional before using honeysuckle medicinally.
Traditional Medicinal Benefits
According to the Healthline website, Japanese honeysuckle has traditionally been used in Chinese medicine to treat a number of health conditions. Naturopathy Digest writes that different parts of honeysuckle are used to treat different health conditions 1. Honeysuckle flowers were traditionally used in Chinese medicine to treat fevers, inflammation, diarrhea and skin infections.
According to the Healthline website, honeysuckle can be used to treat skin rashes, such as poison oak, cuts and abrasions on the skin. Honeysuckle stems are the preferred part of the plant to use in the treatment of skin care. Apply an infusion of honeysuckle to treat skin care conditions that are subject to infection. Be aware that some individuals may experience skin irritation from the application of honeysuckle.
Honeysuckle has antibiotic properties, and Healthline advises that Japanese honeysuckle can be used to treat infections caused by streptococcal bacteria. You can treat other types of inflammations and infections with honeysuckle, as well.
Respiratory and Bactericidal Benefits
Honeysuckle is believed to be an expectorant. Julia Lawless, in “The Aromatherapy Garden,” writes that an infusion of European honeysuckle flowers can be drunk as a tea to treat coughs and colds 3. Honeysuckle can also be used to treat upper respiratory tract infections and asthma. Health Line advises combining honeysuckle with chrysanthemum flowers to treat a cold.
Jeanne Rose, in “The Aromatherapy Book: Applications and Inhalations,” writes that honeysuckle can be used as a massage oil, as it is relaxing and calming 2. Although there are no known side effects in the use of honeysuckle, consult a health professional before using honeysuckle as a herbal medicine, tincture, oil or remedy to treat any health conditions.
- Naturopathy Digest: Honeysuckle Flower
- “The Aromatherapy Book: Applications and Inhalations”; Jeanne Rose; 1992
- "The Aromatherapy Garden"; Julia Lawless; 2001
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