Honeysuckle Flower Whole

Honeysuckle Flower Whole

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This species of honeysuckle is native to China, Japan and Korea, but is now naturalized in South America, the Pacific and Caribbean islands and throughout much of the US. Commonly known as Japanese honeysuckle, the vine-like plant is considered an invasive species in some regions.

Honeysuckle redeems itself with delicate, vanilla-scented flowers that fill the air in summer. The dried flowers are a lovely and flavorful addition to herbal tea blends.

The flowers are also used to make syrups, sometimes in combination with mullein, slippery elm and other herbs with a high mucilage content.

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information at a glance
approximate cups to one pound15
active compoundsTannins, Salicylic acid, Volatile oil.
plant part usedflowers, leaves, bark

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips
storage tipsStore in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaPale yellow petals with a pleasant aroma.


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cosmeticInfuse in oil or tincture for use in soaps, creams, lotions and other cosmetics.
culinaryUse in herbal tea blends and add to salads and soups. The flowers may also be used to make simple syrups.

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honeysuckle flower

Mildly sweet with a faint vanilla-like flavor.

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what else you should know

honeysuckle flower

Lonicera japonica, also known as Japanese Honeysuckle, is a vigorous species of honeysuckle that is native to Asia. Although it is grown as an ornamental and fragrant groundcover in the United States, its propensity for escape and its ability to thrive in the poorest of conditions have made the plant an invasive species in much of the country, especially the eastern half of the country.

In China, where the herb is known as ren dong teng, which means “winter enduring vine,” the flowers are commonly made into teas, tonics or syrups to help ease a scratchy throat or cough. The plant contains several active compounds that are responsible for its pharmacological effects, but the two main constituents are luteolin and chlorogenic acid.

Background: Honeysuckle is widely used in Europe. Honeysuckle actually has many uses, but the function really depends on the part of the plant that's used.

Description: Honeysuckles are arching shrubs or twining vines in the family Caprifoliaceae, native to the Northern Hemisphere.

Safety: You should not use honeysuckle berries, as they are toxic. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of any herb.

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