|Svinkløv Strand, North West Jutland photo: gb|
|woodbine on willow caused by Lonicera|
|Typical twining of Lonicera (wikipedia)|
The tough wood has been used for walking sticks and pipe stems. The charcoal was used for gun powder. The dried flowers are used for adding to pot-pourri, herb-pillows and floral waters. Scented cosmetics are made from the fresh flowers. The flowers can also be used in lemonade, decoration in desserts an pastry.
|Lonicera on tree, wikipedia.|
- "I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
- Where oxclips and the nodding violet grows,
- Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
- With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine
- "She gets the sun in the daytime
- Perfume in the dusk
- And she comes out in the night time
- With a honeysuckle musk"
Medicinal use in the Middle Ages:
|red berries, Lonicera (wikipedia)|
Legend and Superstition
Honeysuckle has long been a symbol of fidelity and affection and there is much superstition attached to it. In Scotland it was believed that if honeysuckle grows around the entrance to the house it would prevent a witch from entering. It was also a promise of money. According to old superstition people had to put the first flower of a honeysuckle in the purse then it would never be empty -and if people brought the flower into their house then it would bring money to them.
There was also a promise to the garden people that if honeysuckle grew well in their garden they would be protected from evil.
In Victorian era there was a ban on young girls bringing honeysuckle into the house because it was believed to cause dreams that were far to risqué for their sensibilities.
photo 2008: grethe bachmann, Svinkløv, North Jutland