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- Immunity Defense - Forsythia + Honeysuckle
Immunity Defense - Forsythia + Honeysuckle
Enjoy this immunity boosting tincture wildcrafted from my loving + sacred land on Honeysuckle Hill. Together, Forsythia and honeysuckle are one of the most popular detoxifying anti-viral combos in TCM and used in Ayurveda to rid of excess heat (pitta balancing).
- blood detoxifier
- viral infections
- Immunity booster
Forsythia flower and fruits are widely used in Chinese traditional medicine for antipyretic and anti-inflammatory activity in the treatment of bacterial infections and upper respiratory ailments. ... Forsythia fruits are also reputedly used as a diuretic and as a cardiovascular tonic too.
Honeysuckle (Lonciera Japonica) flowers are a lymphatic moving, heat clearing, an antiviral and immune supportive plant.
It’s all about synergy in the plant world. When they are combined together, they strongly and effectively clear heat and resolve toxins. Their indications when combined together are:
- wind-heat ailments including: colds and influenza, headache, eye pain, toothache, sinusitis, and painful, swollen throat, and skin eruptions
- warm diseases with internal heat
- skin inflammation due to heat toxins
Ingredients: Wildcrafted and Organic Forsythia (Forsythia Suspensa) Dry Fruit + flowers and Honeysuckle flowers (Lonicera japonica) suspended in 100 proof grain vodka.
How to Take: Take 1 dropperful daily in water or tea. Can be taken up to 3 times a day for acute situations.
A bit about the chemical compounds of these plant allies:
The active constituents of lonicera have been analyzed and are found to include: iridoid glycosides; organic acids (quinic acid and caffeic acid and their derivatives); triterpene glycosides (saponins); flavonoids; and essential oil comprised mainly of monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes (the major essential oil constituents have been found to be linalool, geraniol, aromadendrene and eugenol). Laboratory investigations of lonicera have mainly focused on demonstrating anti-inflammatory actions. In vitro and animal studies indicate antibacterial and antiviral activity (mainly tested for influenza).
Forsythia suspensa. The active constituents include: triterpene glycosides (saponins); phenolic glycosides; quinoid glycosides; and lignans (mainly pinoresinol). In common with the situation for lonicera, laboratory studies have focused on anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral (mainly anti-influenza) activities of the herb.
MAGICKAL PROPERTIES + FOLKLORE:
The forsythia is associated with anticipation. We see her blooms sometimes during winter snow, bursting its sunlight on grey days. A sign of the spring to come. Use forsythia in workings related to things you hope to see happen in future or the long-term.
Forsythia is associated with the number four in numerology. This is connected to the four elements - earth, air, fire + wind –as well as the four seasons. Four is sometimes connected to creativity. In Chakra energy work, the heart is the fourth chakra, and so it relates to emotions and our compassion towards others. Her planetary ruler the Sun, which deals with the emotions of self acceptance, feeling good about oneself, self confidence, and being healthy in mind body and spirit.
Honeysuckle, is one sweet sexy plant. Associated as a Venus herb, (There’s a dash of Lunar energy in there, too) honeysuckle is used for all manner of “sweetening” spells. Its specialties are workings to enhance love and sexuality. It is said that if you plant a honeysuckle outside the house she will keep love alive and bring good fortune, as it is known for good luck and prosperity. It can be added to all spells of gain to add a touch of sweetness to their energy. Like most heady florals, Honeysuckle has folkloric associations with psychic vision and dreaming.
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