Honeysuckle is one of those plants that you just...know. Their fragrance is unique and brings me right back to those summer days when my friends and I would pick the delicate, yellow flowers and drink the sweet nectar within. Honeysuckle has always been a part of my life; from drinking the nectar, to enjoying my mother's homemade Honeysuckle Jelly on toast, and I was shocked to learn that there were about 200 different classifications of the Honeysuckle plant (Lonicera Caprifoliaceae). They are hardy and grow in practically every corner of the world, but the most common variety where I'm from is the Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera Japonica). Invasive as it it, the Honeysuckle has several medicinal benefits that might make you think twice before removing it. Honeysuckle contains high amounts of water, fiber, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and more. Healers use the Honeysuckle plant to help with: There's a variety of ways to use Honeysuckle, but tea is the best (and my favorite) way. However, this tea will be a bit different. The Honeysuckle flower is very delicate, so you don't want to pour boiling water over it. The heat will bring out both the sweet and bitter components of the flower, which leaves you with a bitter cup of tea. Instead, we're going to cold-brew it. You will need: 1 part Honeysuckle flower 2 parts cold water a pitcher with a lid a wooden spoon Ice for serving Take your flowers and gently crush them with the wooden spoon. Add them to the pitcher, cover with water, and gently stir. Put the lid on the pitcher and place in the fridge for at least 6-8 hours. Serve over ice and enjoy! Another method is to Sun-brew it. The recipe is the same as above, but you'll need to put the pitcher in a sunny windowsill instead of the fridge. This tea will need to steep for 3-4 hours and will probably be stronger-tasting than the cold-brewed version because the gentle heat of the sun will help bring out the flavors. Honeysuckle can also be added to Regular iced tea, Jellies, Syrups, Tinctures, and Baked goods. Before I end this article, I want to warn you that this is one plant you will need to ask your doctor about before using. Some people (like my step-dad) are very, very allergic to Honeysuckle and can't get within a few feet of the plant. If you aren't sure if you're allergic, please consult your doctor before trying it. Honeysuckle is a very invasive plant with some ancient benefits, and I can't wait until it blooms so I can make my first batch of Honeysuckle Sun-tea! To learn more about the Honeysuckle, check out Chinese Herbs Healing, Primally Inspired, Herb Mentor, Homespun Seasonal Living, Native American Ethnobotany, Encyclopedia Britannica, and Fruits Info. The photo is my own, and I sadly didn't have enough blooms to make tea for a second picture.