An herbal supplement I have been taking daily to help cleanse the toxins in my blood and reduce my high fevers I have due to a respiratory infection is honeysuckle. Honeysuckle is also known as woodbine or Jin Yin Hua. This herb is an old Chinese medicine used for relieving inflammation, killing harmful bacteria in the body detoxifying the bloodstream and reducing high fevers by cooling the body naturally.
What is Honeysuckle?
Honeysuckle is a vine or bush with tubular bell shaped sweet scented orange flowers and small deep bluish colored berries growing off it that are sometimes poisonous. The herb is a member of the Lonicera family. The main parts of the honeysuckle that are harvested and used for making an herbal medicine are the flower buds and blossoms. Once in awhile the stems of the honeysuckle are used as well, but not as often as the buds and blossoms. The buds and blossoms of the honeysuckle are mainly harvested throughout the summertime. The buds and blossoms are then used with a combination of other herbs to make medicinal teas, syrups, tinctures and herbal supplement pills or tablets. Some of the herbs used in combination with honeysuckle are Echinacea, ginger root, cowslip, mulberry and milk thistle. These herbs have antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties as well as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in them that help heal the body naturally.
Nutrients in Honeysuckle
Bioflavonoids Vitamin C Magnesium Antioxidants Potassium Quercetin Antibacterial properties Anti-inflammatory properties Anti-viral properties Diuretic properties Astringent Properties Volatile oils Tannins Salicylic Acid
Honeysuckle for Headache Relief
Honeysuckle has been used for years to help treat and relieve server headaches naturally because of its ability to bring down inflammation and relieve pain. Making a honeysuckle tea by boiling two spoons full of dried honeysuckle flowers or leaves in a cup or two of water for ten minutes and than sipping on the tea can help ease headaches right away naturally.
A Honeysuckle Bath Soak for Skin Rashes
Soaking in a honeysuckle bath made with honeysuckle flowers and leaves can help relieve all kinds of skin rashes naturally such as poison ivy, oak and sumac, allergic reaction rashes, eczema, bacterial, psoriasis and thrush. The reason why is because honeysuckle has the ability to pull poisons and toxins out of the body naturally while killing bacteria and relieving inflammation and redness. Honeysuckle even has the potent vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in it that can help nourish and heal the skin naturally too. Some people even use honeysuckle tinctures in clay masks to help treat and cure acne on the face and body. I personally find honeysuckle baths relaxing and detoxifying.
Taking Honeysuckle for Treating the Cold and Flu
Sipping on hot honeysuckle tea with a bit of honey can help boost the immune system and fight of the cold or flu naturally. It even has the ability to reduce high fevers, soothe sore throats, ease coughing, relieve sinus pressure and diarrhea, ease ways nausea and vomiting and help reduce mild respiratory congestion. The antibacterial and anti-viral properties along with the vitamins C and antioxidants even can help treat infections caused by strep bacteria so when you have strep throat start sipping on cups of honeysuckle tea throughout the day to help ease the infection away naturally.
Precautions When Using Honeysuckle
Honeysuckle can cause allergic reaction in people who are allergic to it. Women pregnant should not use this Chinese herbal medicine to treat any health condition naturally because the side effects of not yet known. Those who have blood-clotting problems should not use this herb since it can slow down the bloods clotting ability. Otherwise, honeysuckle is relatively safe and a wonderful naturally remedy to use to treat many common healthy conditions naturally after speaking with a doctor to find out if the herb is right for you to use.