Honeysuckle (Lonicera Species, also known as Sweet Honeysuckle, Woodbine, Jin Yin Hua, Perfoliate Honeysuckle, and European Honeysuckle) is a plant with a sweet scent and rowdy disposition. There are more than 150 species of Honeysuckles found throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Native Honeysuckles aren't a problem, but several types have been imported (Lonicera japonica and Lonicera tatarica) and have become extreme weed pests that engulf entire woods and choke out native flora. Our woods in Georgia are full of the native variety, and when it is in bloom the entire place smells divine.
Honeysuckle is a visionary herb and an herb of immortality. It may be used to enhance one's spiritual sight. Honeysuckle can increase one's understanding of the images and impressions collected in the astral. 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. When used in sabbat rituals the dried, powdered "bark" may be used as incense. Ring green candles with Honeysuckle flowers to attract money. They may also be added to sachets and charms.
Medicinal and Other Uses:
Honeysuckle has a fragrance that is heavenly. In the East Honeysuckle is used to treat fevers of colds, as an expectorant, an asthma remedy, and for dysentery and diarrhea. Honeysuckle is used in many cosmetic fragrances. **WC**Caution: The berries of some Honeysuckles are toxic. **GT** Honeysuckle vines are easy to grow, vigorous, heat-tolerant, and nearly indestructible. The flashy and fragrant flowers will attract hummingbirds and butterflies all summer long. The resulting fruit of the Honeysuckle flower will provide a fall treat for your local songbirds as well. In the wild, Honeysuckle and it's thick growth provides shelter for birds and small mammals.