How to make Honeysuckle Tea. Learn an easy cold brew or sun tea method to make a delicious and healing tea! A natural antibiotic, liver detoxifier & more!
Honeysuckle Tea Recipe
Ohhh, honeysuckle! One of my very favorite smells is sweet honeysuckle. And lucky for me, I have an abundance of honeysuckle at my home here in Pennsylvania.
I love it so much (and we have so much!) that I named our property Honeysuckle Hollow. When it’s in bloom, I walk outside or open up my windows and glorious honeysuckle is all I smell. It’s heaven to me!
Because we have an abundance of honeysuckle at my home here at Honeysuckle Hollow and because I love foraging and looking for ways to use edible herbs and plants, I’ve been experimenting with different ways to use honeysuckle during the last couple of years.
Out of all my honeysuckle experiments, I have two most loved ways to use honeysuckle. And of course, I’m sharing them with you so you can experience some delicious and healing honeysuckle health benefits, too!
My first favorite way to use honeysuckle is to make a delicious iced Honeysuckle Tea. It’s so good! It’s naturally sweet, it’s so refreshing and I absolutely adore it! Annnnnd…. honeysuckle tea is loaded with some very cool health benefits! If you have access to honeysuckle, you have to try this refreshing, healing Honeysuckle Tea! I think you’ll love it 🙂
(My second favorite way to use honeysuckle is in an upcoming blog post)
Health Benefits of Honeysuckle
When I first researched honeysuckle, I was surprised and delighted to learn about all the health benefits of honeysuckle. I never knew what a powerhouse it is when it comes to fighting many illnesses!
In fact, Traditional Chinese Medicine and herbalists consider honeysuckle one of the first healing herbs to help with infections, inflammation, fevers and detox. It’s even one of the 50 fundamental herbs in Chinese herbology. So cool!
Honeysuckle can help….
- Inflammation – honeysuckle is most well known and used medicinally for treating inflammation in the body.
- Headaches – honeysuckle works wonders for relieving headaches and migraines.
- Nausea, Stomachache and Digestive Disorders – honeysuckle lowers inflammation and soothes the stomach.
- Arthritis – honeysuckle fights inflammation in the body and can help with all types of arthritis.
- Detox Toxins – Chinese Medicine considers honeysuckle one of the best whole body detoxifiers, especially for the blood and liver.
- Boost Immune System – honeysuckle contains powerful antioxidants, it’s rich in Vitamin C and it’s a great source of Quercetin, which is an acid that fights free radicals in the body.
- Cold, Cough and The Flu – not only is honeysuckle an expectorant, but it’s known as a natural antibiotic that protects against a broad spectrum of bacteria and viruses including strep, staph, salmonella, pneumonia, tuberculosis and more.
- Fevers – Chinese Medicine uses honeysuckle to treat fevers.
You can experience the inflammation fighting, immune boosting and other healing benefits of honeysuckle by making a delicious iced honeysuckle tea. It’s my very favorite way to experience the many health benefits of honeysuckle.
And honeysuckle tea is so simple and fun to make!
All you have to do is infuse honeysuckle flowers in water. Most recipes will tell you to pour hot or boiling water over the honeysuckle flowers. But I’ve found that method, more often than not, will produce a bitter tasting tea. Because honeysuckle flowers are very delicate, if the water temperature is too hot or if you steep your tea too long in hot water, it will bring out bitter compounds in the flowers. Not so tasty.
The key to a truly delicious and non bitter honeysuckle tea is to do a cold brew method OR letting your tea gently brew a few hours in the sun (a honeysuckle sun tea…my favorite method!).
For directions on how to make honeysuckle tea, see below…
How to Make Honeysuckle Tea
- 1 part honeysuckle flowers
- 2 parts water
- ice for serving
- Gently crush or bruise your honeysuckle flowers. You can do this by hand or gently with a wooden spoon.
- Add honeysuckle flowers to a pitcher or cup.
- Top with water and stir. Cover.
- Put the pitcher in the refrigerator overnight, or at least 6-8 hours up to 15 hours.
- Strain the flowers out and enjoy your honeysuckle tea over ice.
- Add the bruised honeysuckle flowers to pitcher or cup. Add water and stir. Cover.
- Put the pitcher in full sun for 3-4 hours.
- Strain the flowers out and enjoy over ice.
Where to Buy Honeysuckle Tea
You don’t have to miss out on all this honeysuckle goodness if you don’t have access to fresh honeysuckle. You can buy dried honeysuckle so you can experience the delicious taste and all the health benefits, too! Here is the kind I like. Enjoy!