white lilies, in human life since ancient times has been given an important role.Bytuyuschy popularly as "overcoming-grass", this beautiful flower quack always added to love potions.There are other folksy name of this plant: water color, white water lily, adalen, overcoming, white chicken, Aquarius, water poputnik, water poppyhead, lapushnik big chatterbox and it is likely not all.White water lily was also known as a guardian against evil spells.Ancient Greek myths had read that beautiful nymph from unrequited love to Hercules turned grief into a beautiful white lily.Thanks biologist Carl Linnaeus, inspired by this legend, white water lily received another, the Latin name of Nymphaea candida (white nymph).In this paper, we consider a general description of the white lily, the place of its growth, chemical composition, methods of preparation and use of white lilies in folk medicine.
Description of the plant.
White water lily is a perennial plant growing in the water with a floating heart-shaped leave
Geography growing lilies is very extensive.It can be seen in the south of Siberia, the Urals, in the European part of Russia (the exception - the Arctic), the Caucasus, as well as in Belarus and Ukraine.Waterlily chooses lake, backwaters, growing in ponds, lagoons rivers, that is, where there is no flow or it is very weak.Currently, due to the deterioration of environmental conditions lily white because of the threat of extinction is listed in the Red Book.
chemical composition and methods of harvesting.
All parts of the lily white rich in nutrients.Root, flowers (petals), seeds and leaves of the plant are rich in tannins, starch, alkaloids (nimfalin, kardenomid), flavonoids and oxalic acid (leaves, petals).Accordingly, preforms used flowers and leaves (June-July), seeds (August) and roots (September-October).
Use of white lilies in folk medicine.
about the ability of white lilies to predict the weather say a lot of people's will.For example, if water lily flower opens early in the morning (7-8 hours), then it will be clear until the evening, and if it comes up only after 9, after dinner, you can wait for the weather.On the long rains will indicate a complete lack of water lily flower over water.
infusion of flowers of white lilies is used as an analgesic, antipyretic, sedative and laxative.
roots of plants present in the composition of antiseptic products and has a warming property.
Integrated use of the leaves and roots of white lilies useful in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.A decoction of the roots of plants, and the wort has laktogonnym effect and is used in the treatment of hair loss.
insist on alcohol white water lily leaves help in diseases of the kidneys and bladder.
flour from dried roots of white lilies added to baked goods.
recipes of traditional medicine
- Anesthetic infusion of flowers of white lilies.
Flowers white lilies (2-3 tablespoons) to brew, wrapped in cheesecloth and use as a lotion to the affected area.
- Infusion for cleansing the skin.
Fresh white lily petals (2 tablespoons) add 0.5 liters of boiling water, put the stew for 15 minutes, infuse for four hours and strain.
- antipyretic and soothing infusion of the petals of white lilies.
Approximately 0.5 liters of fresh water lily white petals make 0.4 liters of boiling water, to insist for an hour, strain, take small sips.
- Tonic infusion of the petals of white lilies.
Take 2 tablespoons of white lily petals and flowers of hawthorn red brew 250 ml of boiling water, to insist for an hour, strain and take one tablespoon of 12 times a day.
Before using white lilies should consult a doctor because of the content in this plant are poisonous substances.