Goats' Leaf (can be toxic to goats), Woodbine, Jin-yin-hua (Traditional Chinese Medicine for the flowers), Ren-dong-teng (Traditional Chinese Medicine for the leaves and stem)
Asia, Europe, North Africa, and North America
A majority of the Witchlist's Garden include naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake we include it's nativity.
Note: When harvesting, be sure you know which honeysuckle species and variety that you are working with. They vary in toxicity. Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera Japonica) is the most commonly cultivated.
Flower Buds should be harvested early in the day once the dew dries, in springtime - Buds should be dried in the sun immediately for best quality
Stems are harvested in fall and winter
Leaves are harvested in the fall and winter
Fruit is sometimes harvested in the fall
Note: This information is for historical and ceremonial use only, this information is not FDA-regulated or approved. When considering the Medicinal properties, do not forget that the species, application, and parts used are critical. And please read all warnings.
Alterative: Potentially aids in the alteration of the course of an illness
Antibacterial: Stops or slows the spread of bacteria
Antibiotic: Prevents the growth or spread of bacteria
Antiphlogistic: Reduces inflammation
Antipyretic: Reduces fever
Antiseptic: Stops the growth of disease-spreaders
Antiviral: Stops or slows the spread of a virus
Astringent: causes skin cells and bodily tissues to contract
Depurative: Purifying; Can be purgative
Diaphoretic: Makes you sweat
Diuretic: Makes you pee
Emetic: Induces vomiting
Expectorant: Promotes the secretion of the gunk in your respritory system, typically used to treat coughs
Febrifuge: Reduces fever
Immunostimulant: Activates the immune system
Laxative: Stimulates bowel-movement aka poop
Refrigerant: Cools you down
Divinities & Mythos
Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:
Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.
Planet(s): Jupiter, Venus
Element(s): Earth, Water
Warning: Doppleganger, Toxicity, Invasive
Where your honeysuckle has come from is the important part of this plants' safety. ALL HONEYSUCKLE BERRIES ARE CONSIDERED TOXIC. Honeysuckle in most parts of North America comes in variations that are invasive and will choke out native plants. Beware of it's take over. Invasive honeysuckle typically has a hollow stem. The variations of honeysuckle do change it's medicinal/health related aspects.
Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc.
Part of the reason that we list medical jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have.
When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere
with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantageous. Too much of a good thing, eh?