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Honeysuckle - healing properties and recipes for use

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The healing properties of honeysuckle and recipes for use will help get rid of many diseases. It is not for nothing that honeysuckle has two roots - life and youth, and its medicinal properties have been known since ancient times.

Honeysuckle is a perennial shrub one meter high with a dense crown. The leaves have an oblong shape with pronounced pubescence, which almost completely disappears with age. The light-colored flowers are funnel-shaped and bloom in early summer. Many varieties have decorative flowers, so honeysuckle can be planted for landscaping.

The fruits of honeysuckle are blue in color with a slight bluish bloom. The shape of the fruit depends on the plant variety. The berries have a pleasant sweet and sour taste, sometimes with a slight bitterness. But not all varieties of honeysuckle are edible. Berries from wild bushes, usually brightly colored, can cause poisoning.

Important: When talking about the benefits of this plant, you need to remember that not only berries have medicinal properties. Literally every part of honeysuckle is used to prepare decoctions and infusions.

Honeysuckle contains a complex of vitamins and microelements, pectins, tannins, organic acids and other useful elements.

Honeysuckle is recommended for use in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases, liver, kidneys and bladder. It has a beneficial effect on cardiac activity and the circulatory system. Honeysuckle is a good antiseptic, which allows it to be successfully used for skin diseases and injuries.

During colds, honeysuckle will help you cope with the disease faster and reduce fever, and its regular use will strengthen your immune system. For this purpose, pure berries, juice and decoctions are used.

Honeysuckle is useful for older people because it contains substances that help improve memory. The content of such an element as iron helps with anemia, high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. People who regularly consume this berry suffer less from migraines.

For those who are watching their weight, honeysuckle will be the best helper, as it speeds up metabolism and contains few calories.

In cosmetology, the benefits of honeysuckle are appreciated all over the world. It saturates the skin with vitamins, helps cure acne and smoothes wrinkles. Honeysuckle flower extract is often one of the main ingredients for cosmetics.

Like any product, honeysuckle has contraindications. First of all, you should not eat honeysuckle berries if you have an individual intolerance or allergic reactions. Also, you should not take risks if you have serious chronic diseases of the digestive system, liver and kidneys. You need to eat berries in reasonable quantities so as not to get harm instead of benefit.

Edible honeysuckle - folk recipes

Folk recipes for edible honeysuckle will cure diseases and prevent their subsequent occurrence.

A decoction of honeysuckle branches and leaves is often used. To do this, you need to finely chop the branches along with leaves about 5 g, pour a glass of hot water and let it brew. The resulting decoction can be used to gargle for various diseases of the oral cavity. If you drink this decoction a tablespoon twice a day, it will help get rid of high blood pressure.

Important: A decoction of honeysuckle branches has a diuretic effect.

An infusion of berries will help get rid of migraines and alleviate colds. To do this, you need to pour 60 g of berries with 500 ml of warm water and leave for several hours. The resulting infusion is taken twice a day, 100 ml.

An infusion of honeysuckle flowers also helps against colds. Crushed dried flowers in the amount of 10 g are poured into 300 ml of hot water and allowed to brew. Take a teaspoon before meals 3 times a day.

To strengthen your hair and speed up its growth, you need to rinse it with an infusion of honeysuckle leaves. To do this, take fresh green leaves and boil them in water for about half an hour. The resulting broth is filtered and allowed to cool. Then rinse the hair after rinsing the head.

For diseases of the joints and skin, take baths from a decoction of leaves, branches and bark. The main rule for taking such baths is not to lie in for too long, otherwise side effects will not take long to appear.

For skin diseases, you can make lotions from crushed leaves on the affected areas and keep them for about half an hour.

Feeding edible honeysuckle

Feeding edible honeysuckle will ensure good development and high productivity for the plant. It is necessary to feed the plant even when planting. Humus and mineral fertilizers are added to the pit. Honeysuckle loves potassium, so when planting, you can add potassium salt or use wood ash. If fertilizing during planting was carried out correctly, the shrub will not need fertilizer for another two years.

Feeding in the spring is necessary during the period of bud break. At this time, urea, saltpeter or ammonium sulfate are added. Honeysuckle responds well to nitrogen fertilizing, which will contribute to accelerated growth and good yield.

Spring feeding is repeated every 3 weeks until the beginning of summer. In the summer, it is imperative to monitor the level of soil moisture and carry out weeding regularly.

In autumn, honeysuckle needs to be fed after harvesting. The soil is dug up and fertilized with phosphorus and potassium fertilizers. The depth of application of fertilizers into the soil must be at least 10 cm. If the soil is too acidic, 200 g of lime must be added every autumn.

Decorative climbing honeysuckle

Decorative climbing honeysuckle is well suited for vertical gardening. Caring for such a plant consists of timely watering and fertilizing.
To decorate the area, you can choose different varieties of honeysuckle, differing in the shape of the bushes, the size and color of the flowers.

The most common varieties of decorative honeysuckle:

  • Honeymoon. A liana with pink-yellow fragrant flowers. The flowers bloom at the beginning of summer, and begin to darken towards the middle. Red berries appear in autumn.
  • Curly. The flowers of this variety are white, pink or purple.
  • Brown. A variety with an interesting foliage shape and orange flower color.
  • Tatar. Bush with old and pink flowers. Some varieties have red and striped flowers.
  • Korolkova. The variety is distinguished by abundant flowering and densely planted pink flowers.
  • Gerald. The variety has light yellow fragrant flowers. In winter, the plant remains green.

Brown's decorative honeysuckle

Brown's decorative honeysuckle is a hybrid of two types of honeysuckle: evergreen and rough. As a result of this crossing, a plant with long and abundant flowering was obtained.
The plant is often used for landscaping because it is easy to care for and has an elegant shape and bright flowers.

The shrub reaches a height of up to 3 meters and a width of about 2.5. The leaves of Brown's honeysuckle are elliptical in shape and partially remain on the branches with the arrival of autumn.

The bush blooms for about a month at the beginning of summer, then repeats in August. Volumetric tubular flowers reach 5 cm.

After flowering, bright red berries appear on the bush, scattered in clusters between the leaves. Despite the beautiful color, Brown's honeysuckle berries are unsuitable for food.
However, they are often used to prepare medicinal potions.

Honeysuckle is a very valuable plant, widespread in the northern regions of the country. Regular consumption of honeysuckle can prolong life and youth, especially since growing the bush does not require special strength and skills.