Honeysuckle edible
 In recent years, in our parks and gardens have become increasingly grow edible honeysuckle - pretty bush with useful berries.

Since ancient times, there is a belief that the honeysuckle prolongs youth, gives beauty and longevity.

The Latin name of the genus gave the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus in honor of the German mathematician, physicist and botanist Adam Lonitsera. Honeysuckle edible - Lonicera edulus L   - Densely branched deciduous spreading shrub with dense foliage of the honeysuckle family.

At the height of the shrub depending on the growing conditions grows 1 to 2 meters. The width of the shrub can even grow up to 2 meters.

In honeysuckle brown peeling bark. Young shoots are reddish. General view from the bush straight or drooping. The leaves are oval or oblong-linear, dark green above and glaucous below. Early spring bloom in the fall are yellowish-green.

 Honeysuckle edible
   Trumpet-shaped flowers are small, light-yellow, yellowish-white or greenish-white with a subtle aroma. Honeysuckle bloom in the third year. Flowering in May and most abundant.

Fruits are elongated, ovoid or dark blue, sometimes almost black with a bluish tinge. The taste is sweet with a slight bitter or sour-sweet. They ripen in late June - July. The fruit from 5 to 25 pieces of seeds.

Eat in medicinal and cosmetic products can only edible honeysuckle. Ornamental honeysuckle often poisonous and are called Wolfberry.

In the wild honeysuckle grows in Siberia, the Far East, Ukraine, Belarus ... in central Russia it is grown because of the fruit, as well as beauty and strengthening of soil. Honeysuckle unpretentious and grows well in the shade.

Medicinal properties of edible honeysuckle
Fruits honeysuckle contain vitamins - B, P, C, carotene, pectin, rubidium, catechine, organic acids, sugars, tannins and pigments, iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, silicon, barium, aluminum, strontium, manganese iodine.

The fruits of honeysuckle strengthen capillaries, improve the overall tone of the body, anti-aging and cell degeneration, among fans of honeysuckle does not happen anemia and vitamin deficiency, they always have a wonderful composition of blood, there is no red eyes in the mesh.

Doctors recommend women eat 100-150 grams. fresh or frozen fruits honeysuckle courses 2-3 weeks to preserve the beauty and health. In winter you can of honeysuckle jam and compote.

More, many women in the summer of swollen legs. Honeysuckle to help cope with this problem.

- From leg edema
1 tbsp. a spoonful of shredded bark honeysuckle pour 1 cup of cold water, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes on low heat, cool, strain, take 1st. spoon 3 times a day for half an hour before a meal until disappearance of edema.

Honeysuckle well relieves pressure in hypertension, atherosclerosis and helps in its prevention, liver and kidneys.

- At high pressure,
1 tbsp. spoon fruit sugar and 1 cup of boiling water and infuse it in a thermos for 5 hours. Take ¼ cup 3-4 times a day for half an hour before meals.

Eczema, ulcers, psoriasis affected area to apply a paste of pounded berries.

If you ate ice cream or drink cold milk from the fridge in the heat, and throat, the honeysuckle again come to the rescue.

- From the common cold and sore throat
1 tbsp. a spoonful of shredded leaves honeysuckle pour 1 cup boiling water, cover and infuse for half an hour and saucer. Strain and gargle.

Cosmetic properties of edible honeysuckle
In cosmetics, honeysuckle is used as a means of strengthening the capillaries, and as anti-inflammatory. Masks of honeysuckle have a high anti-aging properties.

- Mask for the face
Turn the fruit of honeysuckle in the mashed potatoes, take 2 tbsp. spoon, add 1 teaspoon honey and 2 tbsp. Spoon sour cream, mix well and apply on face, neck and neck for 20 minutes. Remove swab dipped in warm water, wash with cool.

- For aging skin
2 tbsp. honeysuckle spoon mix with 1 egg yolk, add heavy cream so as to obtain creamy mass. Apply to the skin for 15 minutes. Remove with a cotton swab dipped in lukewarm tea leaves of green tea, 5 minutes wash with cool water.

- To strengthen, better growth and silky hair
A handful of honeysuckle leaf brew 1 liter of boiling water, leave for 40-50 minutes. Drain, rinse hair after washing, gently squeeze and let it dry naturally.

- Baths
Baths with addition of decoction of the leaves of honeysuckle strengthen capillaries, make the skin smoother and gives it a healthy look. The water in the bath must not be above + 37 ° C. Take 15-20 minutes. Wipes after taking a bath is not necessary.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva