Honeysuckle {Lonicera caprifolium / Lonicera japonica}

Also Known As..

  • Honeysuckle
  • Jin Yin Hua

honeysuckle 2The herbal plant called the honeysuckle is a climbing plant that can grow to twelve ft – four meters – in length. The plant comes in several varieties, and some varieties are deciduous – example, the L. caprifolium variety – while some are semi evergreen – the Asian honeysuckle or jin yin hua, L. japonica. The plant bears oval shaped leaves that come in pairs on the branches. The tubular shaped flowers of the plants come in a variety of colors, the yellow-orange flowers of the European variety or the yellow-white colored ones of the jin yin hua. The European honeysuckle variety bears red colored berries and while the berries of the jin yin hua variety is black in color.

The European honeysuckle or “woodbine” – the L. periclymenum to botanists – was at one time employed widely as an herbal remedy for problems like asthma, all kinds of urinary disorders, and as an aid to soothe labor pains in women giving birth. The ancient Roman writer Pliny suggested the use of the honeysuckle mixed with wine for disorders of the spleen. The variety of honeysuckle most likely to be used in herbal medicine is the “jin yin” or Chinese honeysuckle – L. japonica to botanists – rather than the woodbine. The properties of this variety of honeysuckle were recorded in the Chinese medical book called the “Tang Ben Cao,” that was written in A.D. 659. This herb remains as one of the most potent Chinese herbs used for eliminating heat and accumulated toxins from the human body.

The traditional use of the honeysuckle in European herbal medicine was as a remedy for asthma and related respiratory disorders that affected the chest. The Bach Flower Remedies lists the honeysuckle as one of the beneficial herbal plants. In this system of herbal cures, the woodbine is said to suppress feelings of nostalgia and to quell homesickness in a person. The use of the “jin yin hua” in Chinese medicine has a long history, and the herb was used as an agent to “clear heat and relieve toxicity,” besides other uses.

Parts Used..

Flowers, leaves, bark.

Uses..

Contemporary herbalists in the Western world make very rare use of the honeysuckle herb. Honeysuckle was a part of the traditional herbal repertoire, and the historical uses of this plant in herbal medicine were many. Traditionally, European herbalists used to employ different parts of the honeysuckle plant for different therapeutic purposes as they believed that different parts of the herb had different remedial effects on the human body. Honeysuckle bark contains compounds that induce a diuretic effect in the body; a remedy made from the bark is used to bring relief from problems such as gout, from kidney stones, and is also used in treating liver problems of all kinds. Honeysuckle leaves have the astringent properties and are made into an infusion used as an oral gargle and general mouthwash – this remedy is excellent in alleviating sore throats and canker sores or other oral complaints. The remedies made from the flowers of the honeysuckle have an anti-spasmodic effect, this brings relief from chroniccoughs and was traditionally used as a treatment for asthma and related respiratory disorders. In the Chinese system of herbal medicine, the “jin yin hua” remedy is extensively prescribed for a very wide range of diseases. Remedies made from the jin yin hua are mainly utilized in countering “hot” infectious disorders including abscesses, sores, and inflammation affecting the breasts, as well as dysentery. The remedy made from the jin yin hua plant is also used to bring down elevated temperatures in a body wracked by fever. This remedy is also used in treating problems affecting the oral cavity.

Other medical uses..
  • Viral infection

Habitat..

The European honeysuckle or “woodbine” is indigenous to southern Europe and the region of the Caucasus, though plants can be seen all over Europe except in the far north. The Asian variety, the “Jin yin hua” is native to the Chinese mainland and the island of Japan – it is cultivated as an herbal plant in both countries. The usual site where both varieties of plants can be seen growing are along walls, on trees, and in hedges. Harvest of honeysuckle is usually done in the summer months, flowers and leaves are normally gathered in the summer immediately before the onset of the floral bloom.

Research..

Research carried out on the properties inherent in the “jin yin hua” suggests that active compounds in the herb can help inhibit the growth of the tuberculosis bacillus and can help counteract infection of this dangerous pathogen. The Chinese also investigated other known properties of the herb, during one clinical trial, the jin yin hua was used in combination with the ju hua herb – this herbal mixture was found to be very effective in reducing the elevated blood pressure in individuals affected by hypertension. The European honeysuckle may also prove to be very useful in counteracting infection as it is very similar to the “jin yin hua” herb.

Constituents..

Honeysuckle’s constituents include a volatile oil, tannins, and salicylic acid.
Honeysuckle contains a volatile oil (which includes linalool and jasmone), tannins, luteolin, and inositol.

How Honeysuckle Works in the Body..

The use of remedies made from the honeysuckle – Lonicera caprifolium – in the Western world is based on the knowledge gleaned from its age old usage and herbal lore. Some of the ways in which the honeysuckle is used in the West include the preparation of an herbal gargle or mouthwash from the leaves for use as a treatment for sore throats and gum or other general oral problems. The remedies made from the honeysuckle flowers are commonly employed in the treatment of asthma and related respiratory disorders – the herbal remedy helps soothe and relax the irritated respiratory passages. The traditionally use of the Lonicera japonica – variety of honeysuckle in China, or the “Jin Yin Hua’ as it is known is much more extensive. Clinical studies carried out in China have shown that the herb possesses distinct bactericidal action against both the streptococcus and staphylococcus strains of bacteria. During the laboratory experiments carried out on human subjects, the herb was demonstrated to induce some very potent protective effects on the tissues of the lungs in tuberculosis affected patients. The traditional uses of the herb in the Chinese system of medicine includes the treatment of abscesses or swellings in the body, the herbal remedy was particularly used in treating disorders affecting the breast, the throat, the eyes, and used extensively as an internal medication. The remedies made from the honeysuckle are also employed during the early stages of many diseases that come with fever. The herbal remedy is used to treat individuals with sensitivity to wind, they are used in treating chronic soreness in the throat, and to alleviate persistent or chronic headache. The herbal honeysuckle remedy is also employed as a remedy in treating cases of damp or heat dysenteric disorders in patients; it is also used in treating urinary dysfunction accompanied by pain. The property of being both “sweet and cold” is the alluded to this remedy in the Chinese system of medicine.

Applications..

Flowers:
HERBAL INFUSION – the honeysuckle flowers can be combined in a remedy with many other expectorant herbal flowers, including flowers of herbs such as the cowslip, the elecampane, or the mulberry, this remedy is excellent for treating problems such as chronic coughs and in mild forms of asthma and some respiratory disorders.
SYRUP – the syrup made from the honeysuckle flowers can be used along with the floral infusion for treating coughs -particularly if they are chronic. The syrup may be used as a combination therapy with other herbal flowers, including expectorant herbs such as the mullein or the marshmallow herb.
Flower buds:
HERBAL DECOCTION – this form of the remedy can be used in the early stages of getting a feverish cold that is accompanied by some characteristic symptoms including persistent headache, great thirst, and soreness in the throat. The dosage to use is ten to fifteen g of the dried honeysuckle floral buds mixed in six hundred ml of water as one dose. If the cold is accompanied by very high fevers, than the huang lian and huang qin herbs can be added to the remedy.
HERBAL TINCTURE – the tincture prepared from the honeysuckle is used for the treatment of different digestive disorders, including persistent diarrhea or chronic gastroenteritis that accompanies food poisoning and related complaints.
Stems:
HERBAL DECOCTION – the decoction can be prepared by steeping fifteen to thirty g of dried honeysuckle stems in six hundred ml of water. The use of the stem decoction is similar to the way in which the flower bud decoction is used. This remedy is excellent particularly for chronic pain in the joints, as well as in the treatment of influenza and other infections. This herbal remedy can be combined with the use of other cooling herbs, including the Chinese “luo shi teng” or “shi hu,” particularly when intending to treat inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and related problems.
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Bach Flower Remedies.

Bach-Flower-ChartThe physical manifestations of diseases have their root cause in emotional and psychological stress which includes fear, worry, loneliness, insecurity and jealousy. The body’s natural resistance to disease reduces as these situations reach extremes. Bach Flower Remedies assist in stabilizing emotional and psychological stress and seek to calm the turmoil produced by these exigencies. It gives the body a chance to heal itself naturally, with remedies made out of wild plants, flowers, bushes and trees.

The Supplement to the Eight Edition of the Homoeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States lists all thirty-eight Bach Flower Remedies as homeopathic medicines and so they have official recognition. Comparatively cheaper, these floral remedies are simple to use. When selected correctly they are known to be consistently successful in getting the desired results.

Rescue Remedy is the best known Bach Remedy. Five Bach flowers are combined to make this emergency first aid medicine. It works quickly and is quite useful in various situations. However it is not the panacea for all ills and cannot be used to replace conventional medical care.

Doctors, homeopaths, and healthcare personnel throughout the world carry the Rescue Remedy as part of their emergency kit or on their person to use during medical emergencies. It comes in handy especially when psychological and emotional balance must be established at the time of crisis or otherwise.

To Dr. Bach goes the credit of discovering all the thirty eight Bach Flower Remedies. They have been used since 1936 to restore a sense of perspective in individuals who have been afflicted with major or minor emotional and psychological imbalance.

There are seven classifications, according to Dr. Bach, of the emotional and psychological states. Within the framework of each of these seven there are variations. The main categories are the following:

  • Despondency or despair
  • Fear
  • Insufficient interest in present circumstances
  • Loneliness
  • Over care for the welfare of others
  • Oversensitive to influences and ideas
  • Uncertainty

The following is a short, non-specific explanation of the thirty eight Bach Flower remedies and their uses. The remedies are appropriately listed according to their categorization.

Despondency or Despair:

  • Crab Apple (Malus pumila) is for those who are crouched in feelings of shame or fear of getting infected due to cleanliness issues and also for those with low self esteem because of bodily disfigurements. This also assists in disinfecting and cleaning injuries both of a physical and mental nature.
  • Elm (Ulmus procera) is for anyone who plods away, over-exerting themselves as they have taken on more responsibilities than they can handle and now feel weighted down.
  • Larch (Larix decidua) is useful for boosting confidence especially in those who expect to fail in spite of being competent as they give up even before trying.
  • Oak (Quercus robur) is intended for those who, despite setbacks, drive themselves hard to achieve their goals not allowing even hardship and infirmity to get in the way.
  • Pine (Pinus sylvestris) helps self critical people to save them from blaming themselves for others’ mistakes. They are never satisfied with their own efforts and attach faults to themselves. They suffer constant guilt as they feel they have not put in their best efforts.
  • Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum) is used to treat stress that has accrued from emotional and mental trauma after grief, accident or loss.
  • Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa) is good for anyone who is laden with despair, when anguish is overwhelming and they have reached the threshold of endurance.
  • Willow (Salix vitellina) is used when a situation seems unfair and unjustified leading to resentment and bitterness at the misfortune they have undergone.

Fear:

  • Aspen (Populus tremula) is used to cure formless anxieties and fears that seem to have no known causes in which a sense of impending disaster, accompanied by premonition and apprehension are prevalent.
  • Cherry Plum ((Prunus cerasifera) is the antidote for fear of losing physical and mental control. It is used to control unmanageable tempers and impulses that could lead to physical harm to others or to oneself. Suicidal tendencies and inordinate temper are both subdued.
  • Mimulus (Mimulus guttatus) is used to counter known fears, like fear related to heights, pain, poverty, death, darkness, fear of being alone or fear of others. It is also used to cure shyness and timidity.
  • Red Chestnut (Aesculus carnea) is used to cure extraordinary fear arising out of anxiety and concern for others, particularly loved ones. A gnawing, disquiet fear of an impending disaster is always anticipated.
  • Rock Rose (Helianthemum nummularium) is used when panic, terror, fright, hysteria, and nightmares reach extreme proportions.

Insufficient Interest in Present Circumstances:

  • Chestnut Bud (Aesculus hippocastanum) helps those who learn nothing from their experience and form patterns of repetitive mistakes.
  • Clematis (Clematis vitalba) is meant for those who lean towards escapism, those who daydream about the future and are not in touch with reality, they lack concentration, have no interest in the present and are flighty.
  • Honeysuckle (Lonicera caprifolium) helps those who cannot bring themselves to the present realities, are always bringing to mind the “good old days”. Homesickness and nostalgia have a grip on them.
  • Mustard (Sinapis arvensis) is used for those who suffer from deep feelings of melancholy and unexpected sadness and total gloom for no clear reason.
  • Olive (Olea europaea) serves as an impetus to regaining energy sapped through illness or personal suffering. It brings relief from physical and mental exhaustion and fatigue.
  • White Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) improves persistent and undesirable thoughts, mental wiles and obsessions with an incident or worrisome circumstance.
  • Wild Rose (Rosa canina) helps those who cannot lift themselves out of apathy and who are resigned to the fact that their circumstances are beyond improvement and they do not seek out happiness.

Loneliness:

  • Heather (Calluna vulgaris) is for talkative people who love to tell all and sundry their problems and are always looking for someone to pass their time with as they hate being on their own. They are full of themselves and very poor listeners.
  • Impatiens (Impatiens glandulifera) helps impatient people to control irritability with people who are slower than they. They are quick in thought and act swiftly but only because they lack tolerance.
  • Water Violet (Hottonia palustris) is suitable for those who prefer to remain aloof, reserved, seem proud, self reliant and who radiate a ‘snobbish’ aura. They are capable but like to advise from a distance without involving themselves too closely.

Over Care for the Welfare of Others:

  • Beech (Fagus sylvatica) is meant for those who desire perfection and so are always finding faults in other people or things. They fail to notice the good points in others because they are so busy nit-picking and disapproving. They exaggerate other people’s minor peculiarities and show irritability.
  • Chicory (Cichorium intybus) is useful for possessiveness and over caring of those close to them. Self-centered and weepy they force others to fit into their line of thinking.
  • Rock Water (Aqua petra) is for those who are strict adherents in their daily lives. Harsh with themselves they will make any sacrifice to follow an ideal or set an example for others. They are extremely diligent about following a severe lifestyle for personal, religious or societal reasons.
  • Vervain (Verbena officinalis) is useful for anyone who is opinionated, always preaching, moralizing; injustice infuriates them. Their behaviour can become domineering, belligerent and obsessive if it crosses boundaries.
  • Vine (Vitis vinifera) is used on strong willed leaders when they cross limits and become imperious, authoritarian, callous and tyrannical.

Oversensitive to Influences and Ideas:

  • Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) is useful for those who hide their troubles from others as they think it will burden them. A cheerful facade might hide their suffering but escape from pain is hidden in alcohol and medication.
  • Centaury (Centaurium umbellatum) is useful for those who cannot say no as they could subvert their own desires to please others and so find themselves exploited.
  • Holly (Ilex aquifolium) is useful for untenable negative feelings like jealousy, envy, suspicion, hatred and revenge, states that need more loving.
  • Walnut (Juglans regia) is used to smoothen transitional periods like teething, adolescence, puberty and menopause as this brings emotional stability. It helps to break past links, adjust to new beginnings, like new jobs, new residence, cultures and also relationships.

Uncertainty:

  • Cerato (Ceratostigma willmottianum) is used for those patients who have doubts on their decision making and judgmental skills. They persistently seek advice from others as they feel they are being ill-advised.
  • Gentian (Gentianella amarella) is for those who are easily discouraged. Even small setbacks result in self doubt, hesitation and dejection.
  • Gorse (Ulex europaeus) is for those undergoing feelings of despair, futility and hopelessness.
  • Hornbeam ((Carpinus betulus) is meant for those suffering from acute Monday morning like blues as they feel listless and want to put off doing anything. They feel their physical and mental state needs a fillip.
  • Scleranthus (Scleranthus annuus) is meant for the indecisive who seem to dither between choices, sometimes one seems right then the other and the first again. They are troubled by mood swings and energy.
  • Wild Oats (Bromus ramosus) is for those who are unhappy with their career choice or lifestyle but don’t know what career they wish to pursue exactly.

Bach Flower Remedies Rock Rose.

rock-rose-pinkHelianthemum nummularium

Rock rose (botanical name Helianthemum nummularium) is an undersized plant that grows perennially and has overhanging branches from which emerge small straight stems having a head of wilting flower buds. One or two flowers of rock rose open at a time and each flower has five vivid yellow hued petals that measure 20 mm to 25 mm in diameter, and they wither away soon after blooming. The lance-shaped leaves of rock rose appear in reverse pairs and are hairy. Underneath, the leaves are white in color. From the base of all the leaves emerge small stipules resembling leaf-lets. When you have identified rock rose once, it is unlikely that you will mistake this plant for other plants. However, it needs to be mentioned that a trailing buttercup has flowers resembling a cup, while the flowers of rock rose are horizontal and bigger. Even cinquefoils bear relatively small flowers and have very dissimilar leaves.

Flowering Period

Rock rose is in bloom during the period between May and August.

Preparation

A flower essence remedy Rock Rose is prepared by employing the sun method. To prepare this Bach Flower Remedy you need to select a location where this plant grows robustly and collect the single flowers from many dissimilar clumps and float them on the surface of water in a bowl. The bowl should be positioned such that the flowers are exposed to the sun. Dr. Edward Bach has especially noted that although a number of garden varieties of rock rose may be present, only the flowers collected from the plants growing in the wild ought to be used to prepare this remedy.

Uses

Rock Rose is especially indicated for mental states of extreme fright and dread, in addition to an unremittingly debilitated nervous system. This flower essence remedy is meant to cure extreme trepidation, which is so intense that it makes the sufferers experience a terrified feeling. However, the sufferers always have ground for such fears, which may be owing to something that the sufferer has witnessed or due to an approaching incident or a phobia, a nightmarish experience or the fear may even arise from frightening tribulation. Whatsoever may be the reason, the panic is always specific, but has surpassed the daily nature of Mimulus. When any individual is found suffering from such a mental state wherein he or she is gripped by intense fear, they would benefit by using the flower essence remedy Rock Rose.

While this mental state may only occur within an individual’s essence, Rock Rose state is one of terror and intensified nervousness whilst threats as well as risks impel to dart or hurry. In fact, the Rock Rose response is a characteristic ‘brawl or getaway’ reaction, since the entire organism gets ready to either clash or guard or run away from an apparent threat. In such cases, internal agitation as well as anxiety may be intense and weaken the health as also the internal harmony, if it occurs recurrently.

More often than not, the Rock Rose state of the mind begins in upsetting situations, for instance the closeness of an individual’s personal or another person’s demise or when an individual is excessively exposed to particular menaces or hazards related to their work. Recurrent nightmare is a hint that the individual requires the flower essence remedy Rock Rose. In addition, people having manias and passions that are of terrified type also require Rose Rock; like individuals who are enduring panic disorders and phobias. In this case, frequent apprehensive experiences of even experiencing ordeal of terror just one a single occasion have been related with specific individuals, things or situations that would activate new terror on contact even in the case when the actual peril has gone by.

Rose Rock is a leading medication in a constant condition of advanced nerviness, particularly if it is accompanied by recurring starting and internal trembling. Long-standing apprehension, constant loss of sleep, a chaotic, challenging life may also lead to a chronic Rock Rose state of the mind, mainly this condition being a collapse of the control of the nerves. In addition, Rock Rose is also beneficial for people enduring every type of anxiety disorders, following traumatic stress disorder as well as in adjustment disorder which when compared to post-traumatic stressdisorder is a gentler reaction to a less acute ordeal associated with fright or panic.

When one is experiencing such a terrified condition, additional feelings generating from terror are extremely powerful, brought by the internal strength and pace of the ‘fight or flight’ reaction. While combating or fighting, we notice the extra sentiments of fury, hate, unreasonable bitterness and annoyance, while the flight or escaping activates sentiments of desolation, vulnerability or of being seized.

In addition to unceasing anxiety, in the instance of continual case of tenseness, the sufferer may easily be in tears, yearning for assistance, yearning for harmony and respite – such sentiments are typical for individuals who are mainly engaging in the fight or combat reaction. The fight response will explain why people of so-called Rock Rose personality endure constant anxiety and belligerence towards other people; or why an individual may perhaps be wavering between these two extremes; more often than not, illogical owing to dread and abrupt precipitation of sentiments, which exist in both instances.

A Bach Flower Remedy, Rock Rose is effective in all situations wherein there is a requirement to transform the pulsations of intense fright or panic. In the acute Rock Rose state, people who require this remedy may turn out to be firm, trembling or turned into stone owing to intense fear. In fact, in such situations, the sufferers may also be paralyzed due to terror or experiencing the type of blind panic which generates the desire to escape to any place, except where they are presently located. Such propensity to panic during any emergency situation or to have horrifying nightmares also points towards the patient’s requirement for Rock Rose remedy.

Rock Rose condition may occur in animals also. Whenever any animal is unnerved, their physical symptoms are the key to their mental state. The most common physical signs of animals enduring the Rock Rose mental state include fur bristles on their back, the posture is defensive, and the expression is one of being anxious or stunned. It is likely that in such situations the entire body of such animals will shudder. These are some of the external indications of terror and, in specific respects, they are not dissimilar to the physical symptoms exhibited by human beings when they encounter any situation that leads to the Rock Rose state of the mind. It may be noted that fireworks and/ or thunderstorms are among the few factors that are responsible for triggering the Rock Rose state of mind in animals. In addition, apparently there are additional causes that may generate this state in animals, for instance, taking them to kennels, visiting a vet, or even travelling by specific transport modes. Moreover, sights of specific people or particular places or smells may set off panic among animals, especially in animals that have a history of being wrongly treated.