Flowers, Leaves and bark
Whole fresh or dried or powdered, essential oil
Tannins, Salicyclic acid, Volatile Oil
Lonicera japonica is also called Japanese Honeysuckle, Suikazura in Japanese and Jinyinhua in Chinese. This plant is native to Asia, mainly in China, Japan and Korea. The Lonicera japonica is a climbing vine that can grow up to 10 meters or more and can be seen covering trees and high fences. It has simple green leaves and has double-tongued white flowers that can fade to a yellow color.
The Lonicera japonica flower has a sweet vanilla scent; the vine also has globose fruits that are colored dark blue which contain numerous seeds inside.The Lonicera japonica flower is the most used part of the Lonicera japonica vine because of the natural
antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties that it has. It is usually
combined with other herbs to treat fevers and remove toxins from a
History and Origin
The Lonicera japonica has a high medicinal and therapeutic value in
ancient Chinese medicine. The name literally means “enduring vine” in
Chinese and also “gold silver flower”.
Ancient and traditional Chinese medicine believes in a theory that states that all the systems within a person’s body must be in complete balance in order to achieve wellness and health. Lonicera japonica flower is combined with other herbs to form herbal formulas that treat various diseases and illness due to a heat deficiency within the body.
The Lonicera japonica flower and leaves were combined with other herbs to cure fevers, remove unwanted body heat and
releases toxins. The ancient Chinese were the first to use this herb to treat conditions of the body and illnesses resulting from body heat.
During modern times, Lonicera japonica flower is still used as a treatment for fever and inflammation. It has been known to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti viral properties. It is also used as a treatment for many types of skin conditions, such as acne, skin infections, wounds, boils, scars, etc. Experts believe that the Lonicera japonica flower can lower blood pressure and lower blood cholesterol levels too. It can soothe cramps and pain; it is beneficial for its therapeutic effect on arthritis and rheumatism. It can provide relief from joint pain, reduce inflammation and bring back joint’s normal range of motion with continued use.
Infusion of the Lonicera japonica flower can be useful in treating upper respiratory infections and illnesses. It is also a promising treatment for common digestive problems like stomach pain, constipation, bloating, indigestion and more. When combined with other herbs, it can offer an effective treatment for the common cold. It can also treat mumps, dysentery, tumors, sores and rashes.Honeysuckle redeems itself with delicate, vanilla-scented flowers that fill the air in summer. The dried flowers are a lovely and flavorful addition to herbal tea blends.The flowers are also used to make syrups, sometimes in combination with mullein, slippery elm and other herbs with a high mucilage content.
Every part of this plant can be used medicinally: leaves, stems, bark, and flowers. It is used to treat diseases of the joints, dysentery, skin conditions, colds, bronchitis, and other afflictions.
Honeysuckle can be made into an infusion and drunk as tea, concentrated into an extract, made into syrup, or swallowed in capsules. It can also be used in a wash to treat skin conditions such as poison ivy, poison oak, infections, sores, and inflammation. An extract from the flowers of lonicera japonica has been proven to be an effective remedy for bronchial congestion, and honeysuckle flower tea is used to ease the symptoms of colds, pneumonia, and other upper respiratory infections. When taken internally, the stems are an effective remedy for mumps, hepatitis, and arthritis.
Skin Care Benefits
Japanese honeysuckle has traditionally been used in Chinese medicine primarily for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and calming properties. Lonicera Japonica flower extracts are very commonly used as an ingredient of various cosmetic products for skin care as this plant has excellent anti-aging and regenerative properties. Chinese scientists found that wool coated with honeysuckle extract blocked UV rays much more effectively than untreated wool, giving the fabric a high UV protection factor. The researchers conclude that an extract of the honeysuckle plant can be a natural way to protect people from potentially harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun. Honeysuckle has antibiotic properties, and can be used to treat infections caused by bacteria, as well as other types of inflammations and infections. It can help relieve all kinds of skin rashes naturally such as poison ivy, eczema and psoriasis. This is because Lonicera Japonica 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. -
The Lonicera japonica flower has many beneficial therapeutic effects; however if you wish to use this herbal remedy for your illness, you need to consult your doctor or a herbalist for the most appropriate dose. Ask if there are any adverse effects of this herbal remedy with your current medication that you should be aware of.Do not use Lonicera japonica flower extracts, supplements and preparations for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Ask a medical expert before starting herbal treatments so you are prepared for any untoward side effects that may occur. Always do your own research in the use of any such herbal remedy. You should not use honeysuckle berries, as they are toxic. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of any herb.