Honeysuckle Benefits have 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 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.
Since 659 AD, traditional Chinese medicine has considered honeysuckle one of the most important herbs for releasing poisons from and clearing heat from the body.
The flowers can be infused to create a hot tea that can operate as an expectorant.
Because it is a natural antibiotic, honeysuckle can also be used to treat infections caused by staphylococcal or streptococcal bacteria.
External use for irritation and infections. Honeysuckle is useful in alleviating rashes ranging from skin diseases to poison oak. For these types of skin ailments, honeysuckle is best used as a poultice. For cuts and abrasions that may become infected, a honeysuckle infusion may be applied externally.
Honeysuckle is used by herbalists for:
Clear fever, detoxify, detumescence and make eyes brighter, evacuate chill.
Cure fever caused by internal hot or external infection.
Clears the lungs and strengthens general health.
Kills or inhibits the action of germs.
Assist to treat appendicitis and ligated ulceration
Reduces ulcers, swell, sore throat, skin infection.