Very few plants bring up the memories like the delicate trumpet shapes and the sweet smell of honeysuckle vines. The scent brings to mind lazy summer days playing outside from sunup to sundown and hiding behind the walls of climbing vines. The bright red and white flowers also brought tiny hummingbirds to watch as they flitted from flower to flower. Not only does it have a pleasant scent that evokes some of my happiest memories but there are also several proven benefits and uses of honeysuckle essential oil.
Six Proven Benefits and Uses for Honeysuckle Essential Oil
The world we live in is inundated by news of the latest outbreaks of infections, and some were even caused by the overuse of human-made chemicals to disinfect our homes. I’m certainly guilty of going overboard with the disinfecting wipes and pushing hand sanitizer after every sneeze. In going with a more natural clean for my home, I’ve added honeysuckle oil to my list of cleaning agents. It has been found to be antibacterial and antimicrobial, so adding it to my diffuser helps kill any germs that may be floating about. Honeysuckle essential oil blends well with citrus scents such as sweet orange or lemon, which makes it a pleasant addition to my natural cleaners. (1)
2. Control Blood Sugar
Chronic health conditions such as diabetes and metabolic disorders are on the rise as our lifestyles cause damage to our bodies. These are related to other health issues such as obesity or high blood pressure. Prevention of diabetes may be the best course of action, but you can also manage the symptoms if you have diabetes already. Honeysuckle essential oil has been shown to have properties that help with the process the body uses to metabolize sugar and has been used to help pre-diabetic patients better manage their condition. (4)
3. Reduce Inflammation
There are many substances and diseases which cause inflammation in our bodies and, in turn, this often appears as symptoms of joint pain, digestion issues, and even neurological disorders such as depression. Inhalation of honeysuckle essential oil may help reduce the body’s inflammatory response, allowing the brain to process the chemicals essential to the regulation of mood. Honeysuckle essential oil has been used topically for the relief of different types of arthritis. Adding a few drops to a carrier oil and rubbing on affected joints may relieve swelling and pain, especially of arthritic joints. (5)
4. Ease Digestion
Many of us suffer from digestive issues from time to time, some of which cannot always be blamed on our diets. There are viruses that affect us, some causing damage which prevents the proper digestion of food and nutrients. Oils like honeysuckle contain substances which help the body by killing bacteria such as h. pylori which can cause ulcers and upset stomach. Honeysuckle has been shown to have substances which help the body metabolize fats and sugars more easily. This all adds up to a calmer stomach and better digestion. (6)(7)
5. Treat Wounds
When my children would get cuts, I used to reach for the antibacterial cream with all the extra chemicals for pain relief and slather it all over the bandage and their wounds. And, being children, this seemed to happen several times a day. Once I started reading the research behind essential oils, they quickly replaced all the creams in my first aid kit. Honeysuckle oil helps to take care of the inflammation that is the body’s response to the wound and then protects from further infection. (8) I apply a couple drops in about a teaspoon of oil directly to the wound and again on the surface of the bandage.
6. Antibiotic Properties
Honeysuckle essential oil has a long history of being a popular way to treat various infections due to the antibiotic properties this oil possesses. It’s useful for treating colds, coughs, respiratory tract infections, and asthma flares. You can accomplish this by making a tea. (9, 10)
You can diffuse the honeysuckle essential oil in your diffuser or in your bath water to help break up your congestion and ease your breathing. Add a few drops of oil to your diffuser and let it run for 30 minutes before bedtime. This way, you’ll breathe it in all night. You can also mix a few drops of honeysuckle oil with a cup of Epsom salt and mix it into your bath water. The steam from the bath will diffuse the oil around you.
My Experience with Honeysuckle Essential Oil
The first thing that always comes to mind when I get a whiff of the honeysuckle essential oil smell is lazy summer days growing up. It seems like the vine was everywhere in the brush, being the invasive plant that it is, and my home had a large patch that had taken over a corner of our yard. We would come out of the honeysuckle hideout, several blooms in our hands that we had eaten the nectar from.
My children now play in the honeysuckle that was grown by local farmers as a hedge. It has grown out of control now for years but makes a sweet barrier between our house and the cow fields next door. There is a neighbor who taught them the history of where the plant came from and the many uses it has had through the centuries, especially in Asian natural medicine.
My children also find themselves smelling of honeysuckle even when they haven’t been outside in a while, since the honeysuckle oil is in my first aid kit, next to the chamomile and lavender. I keep a roller bottle handy to put on those bug bites and tiny cuts that kids always seem to collect when they play outside. They have even looked for the bottle by themselves now when they have bites that start to itch. The lavender and chamomile soothe the itchy skin and the honeysuckle supplements their germ killing properties. I don’t think I’ve used a commercial antibacterial cream in years.
Recommended Honeysuckle Based Products
A la Maison Lotion White, Honeysuckle
- A La Maison
Being a very light floral scent, this lotion is perfect for taking care of those dry patches of skin with the shea butter and argan oil. Using this on your hands and body will allow you to carry the scent around with you and may even protect your hands from picking up the bacteria found on hard surfaces. The honeysuckle oil is good for reducing the inflammation in arthritis affected joints so you may get twice the benefit with soft skin and some topical pain relief.
Aira Soy Candles
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As much as I love diffusing essential oils in my house, sometimes burning candles just adds to a relaxing atmosphere. This candle is made from soy and may burn longer and cleaner than other wax candles. The natural honeysuckle essential oil smell is much more subtle than many of the chemicals used in other candles to reproduce natural scents. With honeysuckle having antimicrobial properties, this candle may bring a not only a romantic flair to your home but a pleasant smell that cleans the air as well.
Caution of Honeysuckle Essential Oil
- Honeysuckle essential oil may have an effect on blood clotting so you should not use it if you are on blood thinning medications.
- Do not use honeysuckle essential oil if you are pregnant as it may cause bleeding due to its anticoagulant properties.
- If you use this oil topically, you should avoid sunlight as it may cause your skin to become photosensitive after application.
- Always dilute the concentrated oil with a carrier oil or water when using.
- Use only therapeutic grade oil to prevent any reactions or complications.
I love when I can find an essential oil with a scent that evokes memories, especially the happy ones I have of spending time with my family growing up. I hope that you consider adding this oil to your scent collection. Who wouldn’t want to clean the air while having the house smell of summertime?