Dutch Honeysuckle. Goats' Leaf (French)
Chevre-feuille (German) Geisblatt,(Italian)
Lonicera Periclymenum (linn.) N.O.
Flowers, seeds, leaves
Caprifoliaceas, the order to which the honeysuckles
belong, includes about 300 species chiefly shrubs, growing in the north
zone or extending into the higher
cool tropical regions.
Medicinal Action and
dozen or more of the 100 species of Lonicera
or Honeysuckle are used medicianally, the fruits generally having
Several of these drugs have more than a local repute.
English Wild Honeysuckle is used as a cutaneous and mucous tonic and
and the seeds as a
native Honeysuckle has expectorant and laxative properties. The
flowers in the form of syrup have been used for diseases of the
organs and in asthma and the leaves in decoction in diseases of the
spleen. It was also considered a good ingredient in gargles.
herbage of the true Honeysuckles is a favourite favourite
food of goats, hence the Latin name Caprifolium
(Goats' Leaf), The French Chèvre-feuille,
German Geisblatt and Italian Capri-folio,
al signifying the same.
The berries have been used as food as food for
says: “…The Honeysuckle is neither :cold nor
binding, but hot and attenuating or making thin thin.”
He quotes Dioscorides
as saying that—
ripe seed gathered and dried in the shadow and
drunk for four days together doth waste and consume away the hardness
of the spleen and removeth wearisomeness, helpeth the shortness and
of breathing, cureth the hicket (hiccough), etc. A syrup made of the
good to be drunk against diseases of the lungs and spleen."