Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Wild Honeysuckle Throat and Cough Syrup

The wild honeysuckle is blooming. We were standing in the garden over Easter weekend, my Dad and I, when the wind picked up. You can sure smell the honeysuckle today, he said.

I'm not sure why, but that moment was so comforting to me, somehow.

It turns out, honeysuckle in itself is very comforting. Its sweetly-scented blossoms are antibacterial weapons in disguise. One herb reference I read said they're useful for treating bacterial infections and dysentery, as well as urinary tract disorders. They also go to work on freeing your body of toxins and do a number on colds, flu, asthma, coughs, sore throat, congestion (chest) and laryngitis. Externally, honeysuckle can be applied to infected wounds, boils, swellings and rheumatism.

Point is, honeysuckle is herbal remedy gold. I spent part of the weekend gathering a bucket full of blooms and leaves. (All part of the plant is useful except for the berries. They're toxic. Don't pick those. You don't want those.)

 The first blend I concocted was a Wild Honeysuckle Throat and Cough Syrup.  I can't believe how simple and quick it was, and how soothing it's been. I've tried it for three days now, not because I'm sick, but because I figured with allergy season upon me it wouldn't hurt. And you know what? I think there's something to this syrup. I think I'll keep it around always.

If you don't have honeysuckle growing wild around your little house, you can always use dried honeysuckle. I'm sure it can be found at herb shops online. The first step is just taking the plunge, trying an herbal remedy, and finding what works for you. And I'm not sure about you, but I'd rather put all-natural medicinal cures in my body anyday than lab-manufactured drugs with a book of side effects.

For more on my Wild Honeysuckle Syrup, including the recipe, click here and scroll down.

(Please know that I'm not a health professional or certified herbalist and my recommendations should not be taken as medical advice and obviously have not been approved by the FDA. You should consult your doctor and carefully study any herbal remedy before taking a swig. There. Had to put my law education to work. ;)


myletterstoemily said...

my first perfume was avon's honeysuckle! i still
adore the scent of honeysuckle and am happy
to hear of its medicinal value. thank you!

Patricia said...

I love the smell of honeysuckle, but I had no idea of all its benefits ~ thanks for sharing!

Connie said...

Thanks for this! Honeysuckle is one of my favorite smells. It grew wild at my parents' place growing up. Walking up and down our LONG driveway was always more pleasant in Spring and Summer because of its sweet scent :) We're planning to plant a good bit of honeysuckle in our backyard so this makes me really happy to know of all its benefits!!

js said...

honeysuckle was already growing here when we bought our house, I've always loved it and the vines are great for wreath making, and decorating, but this throat remedy is new to me, thanks for the info!

js said...

Honeysuckle was growing here when we bought our house and I've always loved it, the vines are great for wreath making and decorating, but this throat remedy is new to me, thanks for the info!

Lisa said...

I’ve tried all sorts of coughing syrups, believe me, but none of them helps. Even though Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa http://www.geocities.jp/ninjiom_hong_kong/index_e.htm does not eliminates the cough I like to stick to this chinese syrup I’ve been taking since I was a kid: Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa. My grandfather is chinese, so I guess my mom got the advice from him. I was really surprised when I found that chinese market selling it here in Belgium. It does have a refreshing, soothing, sweetening effect…as long as it lasts…then back to coughing mode.

Anonymous said...

My mother taught me how to pull the pistil through the flower to get all the nectar inside-a delight on the tongue. As an adult I add blossoms to my salads.

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