Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle on Old Film copyright Anna Louise. All Rights ReservedYellow and white honeysuckle in all its sweet glory. A lovely greedy vine that will take over desiring all the space it can seek out and find. In the spring when the honeysuckle blooms are in heady riot across the wooden fence, the wasps and butterflies enjoy the flowers. One has to be careful when either rooting around the woody vine or as a photographer butting a lens in. I enjoy the rampant honeysuckle that grows along my wooden fence but have to thin it out from choking out my rose bush.

As a medicinal flower with leaves (not berries), honeysuckle is an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and detoxifyer. Honeysuckle has been touted in its healing properties to help respiratory problems such as bronchitis, COPD, asthma and colds, as well as stomach ailments and infections, and eases auto-immune diseases such as Crohn’s, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, and chronic fatigue. Honeysuckle helps relieves edema, water retention, and bloating as a diuretic. And honeysuckle is good as a topical used for the skin for eczema, psoriasis, rash and aids in wrinkle prevention. Therefore, if you can grow some honeysuckle and keep it from taking over, this is a helpful as well as fragrant, beautiful, flowering shrub.

Honeysuckle as spiritual and metaphysical, the ruling planets are Mercury and Mars, and the zodiac sign is Cancer. Honeysuckle is a visionary herb and used to enhance one’s spiritual sight. The tarot card, The Magician, is associated. Honeysuckle represents rebirth and the survival of winter’s death.

“The Keynote for honeysuckle: the new is coming so learn from your past; adapt and endure. Honeysuckle is a shrub that many argue about its worth. It is flowering, fragrant, and long lasting. It is a vining plant and vining plants contain clear messages. Are we becoming entwined in things we shouldn’t? Do we need to be entwining ourselves in something new? Are past attitudes and experiences entwined and inappropriately impacting our new activities?” -Nature-Speak by Ted Andrews

Honeysuckle on Film. Honeysuckle, a fragrant woody vine, in yellow and white. Photograph digitally enhanced with textures and an old film strip overlay as fine art photography.

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