This week’s Tea Tuesday will spotlight a common little flower that apparently packs a big, healthy punch! Honeysuckles are a tiny yellow or orange flower that is known for its sweet smell and it’s honey-like nectar. Many children grew up pulling the stems off the flowers and “drinking” the sweetness within, myself included, and we had no idea how healthy they were at the time. Now that we are tea drinkers, we can enjoy their nutritional benefits to the max!
The Honeysuckle has great antibiotic and anti-inflammitory properties that can help relieve headaches, joint pains, and various intestinal infections.
Honeysuckle also has incredible flu-fighting components and can help reduce fever, boost the immunity, and can soothe sore throats and coughs.
As if that wasn’t enough, Honeysuckle is also believed to be an expectorant, which can help with coughs, colds, upper respiratory infections, and asthma. Try mixing it with Mullein for some super cold-fighting power!
Now, for the fun part.
Making Honeysuckle tea is very easy, and this recipe I found on Treats By Tanya is perfect for beginners. It goes like this:
Two cups of honeysuckle flowers (from a non-pesticide area)
About 6 cups of water
Natural sugar (or honey) to taste
A coffee filter or cheese cloth
Bring your water to a boil, add your flowers, and let steep about 15 minutes. Place the coffee filter inside the funnel (over a teapot or cup) and ladle the blossoms into it until you get to the end of the pot. Pour the remaining water and flowers through the funnel and put them away. Add the honey and enjoy!
See? it’s pretty simple. If you want a more challenging recipe, why not try to make some Honeysuckle jelly? Homemade honeysuckle jelly is delicious and actually fairly good for you if you can look past all the sugar. Bella Vista Farms has a great (and simple) jelly recipe that you can try! Just click on the link above.
I do want to mention that some people are highly allergic to honeysuckle, so please use caution whenever trying new things. See a doctor if you’re not sure about your allergies, and take all foraged tea in moderation. Thanks!
Have you made honeysuckle tea or jelly? Let me know in the comments below!
The pictures came from LiveStrong and Treats by Tanya.