The honeysuckles are in full bloom in these parts, and the kids and I have been enjoying the harvest.
I’ve already shown you how I make Honeysuckle Jelly… now I wanna share a delicious way to use honeysuckle flowers to make a cough and sore throat relieving syrup. Honeysuckle is widely known for its medicinal benefits, and the taste is truly lovely. You can keep it in the fridge for up to one month, but I prefer to pour the syrup into ice cube trays or mini muffin pans and freeze them for the winter months when fresh honeysuckle is no longer available.
- 2 cups fresh, wild honeysuckle flowers
- 4 cups (1 quart) water
- 1 cup honey (local is best)
1. Gather 2 cups of fresh honeysuckle blossoms. Pick off the green tip on the bottom of each flower for best flavor.
2. In a small pot, bring 1 quart of water to a boil, then add the honeysuckle flowers. Stir to make sure all flowers are immersed.
3. Turn the heat down to low, and simmer for 10 min. Strain off leaves, and return liquid to pot.
4. Bring the liquid back up to a boil, and stir in 1 cup of honey. Continue to boil for 1 min., then remove from heat and allow to cool before storing.
5. To Use: Can be added to a warm tea to sip, or can be taken 1-2 tsp. at a time every 2 hours, as needed. Be careful not to give anything with honey to children under 2 years old.
Caution- Do NOT use honeysuckle berries- they are toxic.
Disclaimer– I hate disclaimers. They seem to imply that people don’t have any common sense. Perhaps some don’t. Nevertheless, I feel compelled to explain that: No, I am not a doctor and I am not giving medical advice. I am merely sharing something I personally have found to be helpful, and I assume no responsibility for the actions you choose to take yourself. Don’t take my word for it, do the research yourself before trying any home remedies. There.
Do you have wild honeysuckle where you live? What’s your favorite way to use them?