The fragrant yellow flowers of the honeysuckle vine are used in herbal medicine around the world for cleansing, consuming, and digesting. Chinese folklore says that it is useful for snakebites. Other folklore surrounding honeysuckle seems to center around love. It is said to be a living symbol of love, the flowers looking like two lovers intertwined. The fragrance is said to induce dreams of passion and love. One of the most enduring folk tales is that if one brings a honeysuckle in bloom into their home, a wedding will follow within a year. The buds and flowers are made into puddings and syrups.
Teas and tinctures. Traditionally combined with mint for rashes or outbreaks on the skin following nervous tension, and with scutellaria to treat boils.
Uses in Magical practices:
Honeysuckle is known as the ‘love bind’ - symbolizing a lover’s embrace in its clinging growing habits. The heady fragrance of the flowers was believed to induce dreams of love and passion. If the bloom is brought into the house a wedding is said to follow within the year.
Honeysuckle has been burned as incense since ancient times within homes and dwellings for prosperity. It is said that burning honeysuckle can attract and maintain financial blessings into the home.
Since ancient times, it is said that the sweet scent of honeysuckle works to clear the mind and work to strengthen psychic powers. Some believe that crushing and placing the honeysuckle flowers next to the forehead can boost the psychic powers within the mind.
Honeysuckle is said to attract friends, business and instill confidence. Used for money, prosperity and clairvoyance. Traditionally symbolizes the “bonds of love” and is excellent when working on a problem of infidelity. A potent and sneaky commanding ingredient - the iron fist in the velvet glove.
Representing rebirth and the survival of life through the long winter’s death, Honeysuckle decorates the Eostara temple,representing the renewal of spring.
It may also be used at the other side of the Wheel of the Year at autumn.
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