Herb of the Day: White Water Lily


White Water Lily
( Nyphaea alba )

Parts used: Rhizome, flowers
Contains: The Rhizome contains alkaloids,( nymphaeine and nuphatine , resin, glycosides, tannins.

White Water Lily is a perennial aquatic plant with deep roots, plate shaped leaves on long cylindrical stems. It has large petaled white flowers occasionally tinged with pink. It ia a native to Europe, and is found in ponds, and in still water lakes, rivers, canals. The Rhizome is gathered in the autumn. According to the 17th century herbalist Nicholas Culpeper, “The leaves do cool all inflammations the syrup helpeth much to procure rest, and to settle the brains of frantic persons”. The rhizome of the white water lily is astringent and antiseptic. A decoction treats dysentery or diarrhea due to irritable bowel syndrome. It also treats bronchial congestion and kidney pain. It is taken for a gargle for sore throats, a douche for vaginal soreness, discharged, a poultice for boils and abscesses. The flowers has been reputed to reduce sexual drives.
Aids with: insomnia, anxiety,other disorder where nervous agitation is a factor, found to lower blood pressure in animals, gastrointestinal problems.

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