What is Honeysuckle Tea?
Honeysuckle tea is an herbal tea made from the flowers of the honeysuckle plant, which belong to the Caprifoliaceae family; one of the most common forms is known as Lonicera periclymenum. There are nearly 200 different species of this flower, but many of them share similar nutritional profiles and active ingredients. This flower has been in use for generations, and the tea is extremely simple to make. Thanks to the high concentration of quercetin, rutin, calcium, potassium, manganese, and other antioxidants, this floral tea can be a wonderful addition to your health regimen.
How to Make Honeysuckle Tea?
If you want to brew your own honeysuckle tea at home, it couldn’t be simpler. This drink is usually prepared warm but then served cold, as a refreshing drink.
- Collect open honeysuckle flowers, plucking them at the base, so the nectar is retained.
- Place a handful of flowers in a large mason jar.
- Bring 4 cups of water to boil, then remove from heat and wait 2 minutes.
- Pour the hot water over the flowers in the jar.
- Allow the mixture to cool down to room temperature as it steeps.
- Serve over ice cubes and store the remaining tea in the refrigerator.
Honeysuckle Tea Benefits
The most impressive benefits of honeysuckle tea include the following:
- Preventing infections
- Improving digestion
- Regulating blood sugar levels
- Reducing inflammation
- Treating cold and flu
Some of the active ingredients in these flowers have shown a remarkable ability to fight off the bacteria and viruses that can cause the common cold and the flu. Let us look at the benefits in detail:
By improving the efficiency of the immune system, drinking this floral tea can help to prevent unnecessary immune responses from the body, and reduce the severity of allergic reactions.
Detoxify the Body
One of the unusual effects of this tea is that it makes you sweat – an excellent way for the body to rapidly eliminate toxins that have been building up.
Studies have found that this tea can help regulate the levels of blood sugar and insulin in the body, which is very good news for diabetic patients.
Honeysuckle Tea Side Effects
Aside from the many health benefits, there are some side effects when taken in excess, and can be dangerous for women who are pregnant or nursing.
- Generally speaking, pregnant women are recommended to avoid this tea, as there is only a limited amount of research on its effects.
- It can also be a blood thinner, so people on blood-thinning medication or those planning on undergoing surgery should speak with their doctor before using this tea.