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Honeysuckle (Lonicera xylosteum)

Slightly toxic



poisonous, laxative, nausea-inducing

Areas of application:

strong laxative

Plant parts used:


Collection time:


To find:

On limestone soils in mixed forests with large trees.


Saponins, glycosides, alkaloids, xylostein


All honeysuckle species are poisonous, such as forest honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum), garden honeysuckle (Lonicera caprifolium) and black honeysuckle (Lonicera nigra).

Uses of the forest honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) are known from empirical medicine, where leaves and flowers were collected in June, dried in the shade and used for a urinary and sweat-inducing tea. Adults have drunk the tea for coughs, hoarseness and tonsillitis.


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