June 28, 2006

Honeysuckle Rose

Even though it's been awhile I have never forgotten the rendition of the Fats Waller song "Honeysuckle Rose" done by Diahnne Abbott in the Scorcese film New York New York, which comes to mind every time I go by a honeysuckle bush in bloom.

It made such a great impression because she captured the sultry sweetness and beauty of the scent in the summer air.

Honeysuckle or Lonicera (love that plant-latin name) can be strong and overly invasive as a weed in nature preserves but it offers compensations.

As an herbal extract it has been found to strengthen the immune system and to be so powerful an antiviral agent it is being considered as a treatment for HIV infections, and it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and a cleansing agent for ridding the body of wastes and toxins.

The Bach Flower remedy of Honeysuckle is used for those who are saddened by the disappointments of the past, or preoccupied by regrets, or the homesick.

Children like to take the flower and suck the honey nectar from it, hence the name.

Copyright 2006, Lucy Raubertas. All Rights Reserved
Photo by Lin-Yi Maslin.
Music to listen to perfume by:  Honey Suckle Rose from New York New York, starting at about the 1.58 minute mark

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