Honeysuckle in skincare for sensitive skin and medicine
Step outside anywhere and you are likely to smell the sweet aroma of Honey Suckle. Many of you remember as a kid plucking off the yellow trumpet looking flower and sucking the honey at its base. Hence the name “HONEYSUCKLE” Honestly, I am not sure about that, but it makes sense to me 🙂
More to Honeysuckle than just a pretty face
There is much more to honeysuckle. It is the flower that is used for medicine, food, and in skincare. And there are plenty because the honey suckle viney plant a wild invasive. This means you plant a little and it grows wild. So go wild and collect as many as your heart desires. The stem and leaves has a level of toxicity in larger quantities and is not preferred.
Honeysuckles are great for digestion
There are many uses of honeysuckles. I like to pluck one or two flowers, pop it in my mouth for digestive purposes. It is the bitter component of honey suckles that helps with digestive. You might be saying how can it be bitter and taste like honey at the same time. Simple, the little drop of nectar at the base taste like honey, and the rest of the flower is bitter.
Honeysuckles are anti-viral
Another favorite use is to make an infusion for the common cold. One of my favorite ways is to just make a tea out the flower by pouring hot water over a bunch. I drink a cup during the cold season not because I have a cold, but to keep my immune system healthy.
Another way is to infuse the flowers into honey. Simply use local honey, warm it and pour it over the honey suckles. Let it infuse for 4 to 6 weeks. The medicine from the honeysuckles will now be infused in the honey. Simply removed the flowers by a strainer, store in the refrigerator and take as needed.
Honeysuckles are anti-bacterial
Honeysuckles are anti-bacterial and are used as a tea to alleviate bacterial infections located in the throat, bladder and lungs.
Honey suckles are used in Aromatherapy to relieve physical stress and ease and calm the mind. No wonder why we are so attracted to this yellow jewel.
Nutrition Facts of Honeysuckle:
Most don’t know that honeysuckles are a powerhouse of vitamins. The deep yellow color is sort of a clue that it has something good in it. It contains many of the significant vitamins and mineral such as vitamin C, quercetin, potassium, calcium and magnesium that your body needs for optimal functioning.
Honey Suckle in Skincare for sensitive skin
Honey suckle is anti inflammatory which makes it a perfect ingredient for skin care products focusing on sensitive skin. It is often used as wash or part of a formula to alleviate rashes and poison ivy.
If you would like to make some of your own, just make a warm or cold infusion. Let sit for 12 hours. Extract the infused water and use as a compress on the affected area or add to your bath. One thing is honeysuckles have volatile essential oils which can evaporate in hot water, so I suggest a cold infusion.
I like to collect the honeysuckles myself and make a cold infusion. I use this infusion as part of my formula for my toner for sensitive skin. Not only does it smell awesome but it works to calm irritated skin such as rosacea. It also tones and balances the PH of your skin. And of course the smell makes you smile.
I would suggest having a little fun and collect some yourself. Happy harvesting!