Honeysuckle (Lonicera Caprifolium) is a group of shrubs that contain flowers flowing with a beautiful fragrance, as aromatic as the taste of honey. The name honeysuckle is often attributed to the taste, though the scientific name is after the renaissance botanist, Lonicera.
Being used extensively for its various therapeutic properties for many centuries, the nectar of this flower is delicious and sweet. Originally a native of Japan and parts of the Northern hemisphere, there are more than 175 different species of plants that are commonly referred to as honeysuckles. Now common in India, it is popularly known as Madhumathi.
The flowers and leaves are used in traditional Chinese medicine in the form of tinctures and teas. Honeysuckle has incredible health benefits. The flowers and leaves have diuretic, antispasmodic, emetic, and laxative properties. The extracts are also used for digestive disorders including pain, inflammation of the small intestine, curing dysentery, upper respiratory tract infections, influenza, swine flu and pneumonia and diabetes.
Health Benefits Of Honeysuckle
Helps Reduce Swelling Of The Brain
Some varieties of honeysuckle flower like the blue berried honeysuckle have phenolic compounds such as quercetin and rutin which provide myriad health benefits. Quercetin is used for curing conditions of the heart, to prevent cancer and to cure neurological diseases. The antioxidants content also helps combat brain swelling and memory loss.
Cure For Arthritis
The flowers have potential anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This makes it a powerful remedy that helps people suffering from arthritis, thus improving the body's immune response to reduce vulnerability to disease.
Pneumonia can be a deadly infection of the lungs, but honeysuckle has been helpful in improving respiratory health, even during serious illness.
Normalizes Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can lead to life-threatening conditions like heart attack or stroke. Having honeysuckle infusions that contain Quercetin aids in normalizing blood pressure.
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