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What Are the Health Benefits of Honeysuckle?

author image Sharon Falsetto
Sharon Falsetto is a certified aromatherapist who founded her own aromatherapy practice in Arizona in 2007. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and has been published in a variety of professional journals and e-zines. Falsetto is the Arizona regional director for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and she has a degree in business from the U.K.
What Are the Health Benefits of Honeysuckle?
Honeysuckle is used in herbal medicine as a skin tonic. Photo Credit annalovisa/iStock/Getty Images


Two types of honeysuckle commonly are used for medicinal purposes: European honeysuckle, Lonicera pericylmenum and Japanese honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica. Herbalists use honeysuckle primarily for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and calming properties. Consult a qualified health professional before using honeysuckle medicinally.

Traditional Medicinal Benefits

According to the Healthline website, Japanese honeysuckle has traditionally been used in Chinese medicine to treat a number of health conditions. Naturopathy Digest writes that different parts of honeysuckle are used to treat different health conditions. Honeysuckle flowers were traditionally used in Chinese medicine to treat fevers, inflammation, diarrhea and skin infections.

Skincare Benefits

According to the Healthline website, honeysuckle can be used to treat skin rashes, such as poison oak, cuts and abrasions on the skin. Honeysuckle stems are the preferred part of the plant to use in the treatment of skin care. Apply an infusion of honeysuckle to treat skin care conditions that are subject to infection. Be aware that some individuals may experience skin irritation from the application of honeysuckle.

Anti-inflammatory Benefits

Honeysuckle has antibiotic properties, and Healthline advises that Japanese honeysuckle can be used to treat infections caused by streptococcal bacteria. You can treat other types of inflammations and infections with honeysuckle, as well.

Respiratory and Bactericidal Benefits

Honeysuckle is believed to be an expectorant. Julia Lawless, in “The Aromatherapy Garden,” writes that an infusion of European honeysuckle flowers can be drunk as a tea to treat coughs and colds. Honeysuckle can also be used to treat upper respiratory tract infections and asthma. Health Line advises combining honeysuckle with chrysanthemum flowers to treat a cold.

Other Benefits

Jeanne Rose, in “The Aromatherapy Book: Applications and Inhalations,” writes that honeysuckle can be used as a massage oil, as it is relaxing and calming. Although there are no known side effects in the use of honeysuckle, consult a health professional before using honeysuckle as a herbal medicine, tincture, oil or remedy to treat any health conditions.

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