金银花 (jīn yín huā)
The honeysuckle family includes more then 180 species of flowers and plants, ranging from stocky evergreen bushes to climbing vines. Two types of Honeysuckle are renowned for their health benefits - Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera Japonica) and Blue Honeysuckle (Lonicera Caerulea) with highly nutritious berries, originating in Russia and Northern climes.
Blue Honeysuckle is remarkably resistant to cold and even freezing temperatures. The honeysuckle bushes are abundant in the Russian Far East with oval, dark blue berries that have an exotic, juicy taste - something between blueberries and blackberries. They are also known as “Honeyberries” or “Haskap”.
They are abundant with vitamin C and flavonoids.
The honeysuckle name probably comes from its distinctive colorful blooms and very fragrant flowers. The flowers contain very sweet nectar and are shaped as a long tube, very comfortable for sucking sweet juices for butterflies, bees and even hummingbirds.
In olden times, the very hard wood of honeysuckle shrub was used for making cleaning rods for rifles and wooden nails for shoemaking.
North Asia, Russian Far East, far Northern Europe, Northern Canada.
Honeysuckle contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, Rutin, a nutrient that enhances the effectiveness of vitamin C, and Quercetin, an acid that fights free radicals.
Honeysuckle flowers or Jin Yin Hua (金银花) has been used in traditional Chinese Medicine for ages. The herbal infusion alleviates condition of heart, lungs, fevers. It relieves joint pain, improves circulation and taken together with dandelion has a detoxifying effect on skin and body.
Blue Russian Honeysuckle is all about the berries, which are full of health benefits. The blue honeysuckle berries have one of the highest levels of magnesium among berries, and also contain large amounts of iron, vitamins C and B, сopper and iodine. The berries can benefit such conditions as hypertonia, heart conditions, anemia, decreasing blood pressure and headaches. The berries have been recently discovered outside of Russia for their antioxidant and detox properties, ridding the body from heavy metals and other toxins - a true “superfood.”
Honeysuckle flowers have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which, applied externally as herbal infusion or compress, help to relieve skin inflammations, sunburns, rashes, irritations and sores, particularly caused by internal heat and toxin build-up. Taken as an herbal tea or infusion, especially in combination with chrysanthemum, burdock root or dandelion, honeysuckle has a detoxing and cleansing effect.
The juice of honeysuckle berries is also highly medicinal, treating various skin conditions, including eczema, skin lesions, inflammations. It is enough just to put some fresh honeysuckle berry juice on the affected place for a period of 10-14 days.
Both leaves and flowers infusion can be calming and detoxing for eyes, used as a compress.
There are many varieties of honeysuckle and some have poisonous properties, so the safest way is to buy in store / pharmacy.
Pregnant or nursing women should not take honeysuckle.
To experience cleansing and detoxifying effect of honeysuckle, please try out our Honeysuckle & Jasmine with Yellow Clay & Purifying Blend of 5 Oils treatment from the Summer Detox & Purify Line.
Pour one cup of boiled water over one spoon of dried honeysuckle flowers
Cover with lid and let it steep for 15 minutes
Strain and drink one or two cups a day.
This infusion can be used topically for a face rinse to eliminate blemishes, rashes and even out the complexion.