Botanical Name: Lonicera japonica
- English: Honeysuckle, Golden-and-silver honeysuckle, Japanese honeysuckle
- Also, known as: 金银花, Jīn Yín Huā
Parts Used: Dried flower bud
Honeysuckle is an evergreen bush native to Asia. The bush grows to a height of about 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters), has blue-green leaves and highly fragrant white, pink, or yellow tubular flowers. The small honeysuckle berries are poisonous to humans. The Lonicera japonica variety has white or purple flowers that develop into black fruit. Honeysuckle flowers are also eaten as food. It is used as an ingredient in dishes such as Honeysuckle Pound Cake or Honeysuckle syrup.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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