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Honeysuckle. Dutch Honeysuckle. Goats' Leaf (French) Chevre-feuille (German) Geisblatt,(Italian) Capri-foglio.

Lonicera capriiolium (linn.) Lonicera Periclymenum (linn.) N.O. Caprifoliacea;

Parts Used. Flowers, seeds, leaves

Caprifoliaceas, the order to which the  honeysuckles belong, includes about 300 species chiefly shrubs, growing in the north temperate zone or extending into the higher cool tropical regions.

Action and Uses
A dozen or more of the 100 species of Lonicera or Honeysuckle are used medicianally, the fruits generally having emiticocathartic properties. Several of these drugs have more than a local repute.

L. Periclyimenum (Linn.),  our English Wild Honeysuckle is used as a cutaneous and mucous tonic and vulnerary and the seeds as a diuretic.

Our native Honeysuckle has expectorant and laxative properties. The flowers in the form of syrup have been used for diseases of the respiratory organs and in asthma and the leaves in decoction in diseases of the liver and spleen. It was also considered a good ingredient in gargles.

The 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 chickens.

 Gerard says: “…The Honeysuckle is neither :cold nor binding, but hot and attenuating or making thin thin.” He quotes Dioscorides as saying that—

“…the 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 difficulty of breathing, cureth the hicket (hiccough), etc. A syrup made of the flowers is good to be drunk against diseases of the lungs and spleen."