Honeysuckle (Jin Yin Hua)
Botanical Name: Western – Lonicera periclymenum. Eastern – Lonicera Japonica.
Honeysuckle treats asthma and will keep witches from entering your house if you grow it at the entrance to your home. The Chinese also used it to treat snake bites. It is excellent for treating headaches, skin sores, and acute infectious diseases.
Below is an overview of honeysuckle, combining and interpreting the best of Western Science, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Shamanism, Folklore and more. Gain a balanced and thorough understanding of the healing properties of honeysuckle.
Western Name: Honeysuckle
Also Known As: Woodbine, Hall’s Honeysuckle, Lonicera, Goat’s Leaf, Fairy Trumpets
Organs/Systems: Lungs, Head, Bladder
Key Western Actions & Medicinal Uses: Laxative, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Astringent, Depurative, Diuretic, Expectorant, Febrifuge.
Pin Yin: Jin Yin Hua
Also Known As: N/A
Meridians: Lung, Heart, Stomach
Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Clears Wind Heat /Relieves Toxicity: often used in pus forming infections, skin sores, bloody dysentery, colds and flu, acute infectious diseases, of the lung, head and digestive tracts, fever and inflammation.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Flower, Dried Flowers, Seed, Leaves
Flavors/Temps: Sweet, Cold
Caution: Do not use for chronic diarrhea caused by cancer treatment. Do not eat the berries of the red honeysuckle as they are toxic.
History/Folklore: The Chinese say it is good for snakebite. In Western traditions it is associated with love, because of the twining fragrant flowers wrapping around each other. The fragrance is said to induce dreams of passion and love. It is said that if a honeysuckle blossom is brought into the home their will be a wedding within the year.
Culpepper says, “I know [no] better cure for asthma than this and it takes away the evil of the spleen.” The flowers and leaves are gathered in the summer just before the flowers open. In Ancient Rome, Pliny recommended honeysuckle with wine for spleen disorders.
It is considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs in Chinese herbology. The plant is listed in the Tang Ben Cao, written in 659 CE, and remains one of the most important herbs in Chinese herbology for clearing wind heat and poisons from the body. The Aztecs used their varietal to cure dysentery, scabies and reduce menstrual flow.
It was believed in Scotland that if honeysuckle grew around the entrance of a house that witches would be prevented from entering. Bringing the flower into the home was said to bring prosperity and money. The flower has also been a symbol for fidelity and affection. In Victorian England young girls were forbidden to bring the flowers into their homes for fear it would cause sexually suggestive dreams.
Inositol, Luteolin, Tannins, Chlorogenic acids, Flavonoids, Essential Oils.
Honeysuckle is also known as “woodbine,” is not to be confused with American Ivy, Gelsemium and Clematis Virginiana, all also known as “woodbine.”
Puddings and Syrups
Honeysuckle buds and flowers are used in puddings and syrups. The berries have been used to feed chickens.
Honeysuckle leaves are a favorite food of goats, hence the Latin name, Caprifolium, meaning goat’s leaf.
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