Honeysuckle, properties and how to prepare DIY infusions. Advice oncultivationand details on natural remedies based onplant ornamental Lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle).
It is not necessary to go to the pharmacy, often just looking around the garden to find onenatural remedyto many little onesailments. This is the case ofhoneysuckle, a plant widely cultivated in Italian gardens and which offersnatural curesfor colds and more. On this page we will analyze theproperty of honeysuckleand we will explain how to prepare a DIY infusion and a decoction, two excellent natural remedies within reach of the garden.
It is important to specify that the genderLoniceraincludes about 200 species native to Asia, North America and Europe. Among these, thecommon honeysuckleit is considered a native species of Italy. The Lonicera genus is very polymorphic, thecommon honeysuckle(Lonicera caprifolium) is a climbing woody shrub with deciduous leaves but there are similar bushy species and / orevergreen.
Honeysuckle, properties and natural remedies
Between late April and May, the flowers of thehoneysucklethey embellish the gardens with their presence and improve the atmosphere by releasing an intoxicating scent. Yayhoneysucklethey are very fragrant as well as rich in virtues.
The best time to pick the flowers is just before full bloom. The most experienced herbalists and professionals ofnatural cures, they recommend picking the honeysuckle flowers in the evening and then letting them dry in the shade and in the air, preferably placed on trellises in a humidity-free environment.
The honeysucklecountspropertyemollients and expectorants, perfect in case of inflammation of the airways (sore throat, rhinitis ...) or to soothe minor ailments such as colds and coughs. Among the ancients grandmother's remedies, we remind you that the honeysuckle infusion was used to relieve hiccups.
As well as flowers, delhoneysuckleleaves are also used; in this case the harvest begins with the new vegetation, more luxuriant, rich in water and active ingredients. The ideal time to collect the leaves of thehoneysuckleto use as natural remedies, it falls between May and July. The leaves are rich in active ingredients frompropertyastringent, anti-inflammatory and healing. They can be used to prepare decoctions intended for rinsing and gargling. The use of decoctions of leaves ofhoneysuckleit is recommended in case of inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat: the decoction should not be drunk but only used for abundant and prolonged rinsing.
Honeysuckle, properties and uses. Fundamental points
- - Part used: flowers and leaves.
- - Flower harvesting period: just after the first flowering.
- - Leaf collection period: between May and July.
- - Flower properties: emollient, anti-inflammatory and expectorant.
- - Leaves properties: astringent, anti-inflammatory and healing.
- - Use of flowers: infusions administered orally.
- - Use of the leaves: decoctions used for gargling and rinsing.
Infusions and decoctions based on honeysuckle
The flowers, once dried (as described above), should be stored in a dark glass (or porcelain) jar, hermetically sealed and protected from sun and humidity. Before storage, make sure the flowers are well dried and free from moisture. If you live in a humid environment, avoid natural drying and use an electric dryer (for more information:how to dry fruit and vegetables). The same system can be used fordry the honeysuckle leaves.
Infusion of honeysuckle
Dried flowers can be used to prepare an infusion to soothe coughs and colds in the coldest periods of the year. The infusion is prepared by placing a spoonful of dried honeysuckle flowers in a cup. Pour some boiling water into the cup, wait 5 - 10 minutes. Filtered, sweetened with a teaspoon of honey and while still hot, it is consumed in small sips. The recommended doses include taking two cups a day, in the morning and in the evening to treat the classic cold. It does not presentcontraindications.
Decoction of honeysuckle
With dry leaves it is possible to prepare a decoction. Boil the water and add a tablespoon of dried and chopped leaves. Wait 10 minutes to infuse and turn off the heat. Let the decoction cool, filter and use it to rinse and gargle. Recommended in case of mouth and throat inflammation.