Lily Flower

Other names for Lily Flower: Oriental Lily, Asiatic lily, Lily Constancy, May Bells, Jacob's Ladder and Male Lily

Useful Parts of the Plant: Leaves, flowers and even the whole herb in some cases

The lily flower is basically a trumpet shaped flower that is known to be found in various colors such as pink, yellow, red and orange and some varieties of lilies are even known to have a deeper color on their inner petals. These are mostly found in the northern hemisphere, but spread throughout the northern sub tropics too. These are mainly garden plants and culturally very important. The plant easily adapts to various climatic conditions and are easily found in the United States.

Nutritional Information and Properties: Dried lilies are a rich source of fiber and also rich in sodium and carbs. Lily bulbs have proteins and starch and also small quantities of iron, calcium, phosphorous, and vitamins B1 B2 and Vitamin C

Health Benefits and Therapeutic Uses

  • One of the main health benefits of the lily flower is that it helps regulating the heart rate thereby allowing the heart  to function more efficiently and regularly. The lily flower has many therapeutic uses as it minimizes the irritability of the myocardium without actually resulting in an increase in the oxygen that is required to function by the heart muscle.
  • The health benefits of the lily for the heart  are well known on account  of the presence of the active cardiac glycosides as well as the flavonoids which tend to stimulate the arteries and cause them to dilate.
  • Another one of the therapeutic uses of the lily flower is in the case of treating burns and preventing the formation of scar tissue. In this herbal remedy, the roots of the lily flower are used to prepare an ointment which is then applied on the burnt area.
  • The therapeutic uses of the lily flower also include it being used in case of weak contractions at the time of childbirth. The lily flower is also used for herbal remedies for medical conditions such as leprosy , conjunctivitis, strokes, angina and so on.
  • Another one of the medicinal uses of the lily flower  is that  the dried flowers are used as a very effective laxative or diuretic . Additionally , the roots and the flowers of the lilies are also used to treat spider bites.
  • In some parts of the world , roots of the wood lily variety of the flower are consumed as medicinal teas to treat coughs, fevers, stomach disorders as well as for open sores, wounds and to wash bruises that may have swollen .
  • The fresh or dried bulbs of the lily flower are also known to be very effective in treating ulcers and inflammations on account of their astringent and soothing properties. In fact the lily flower is also applied on hard tumors as it is known to soften them immediately.
  • Another one of the health benefits and therapeutic uses of the lily flower include the juice of the fresh bulbs  of the lily flower being used to cure dropsy naturally.
  • The extract of the lily flower is also used in various cosmetics as cure for cuperosis. 

Other Uses

Besides the medicinal benefits, the lily flower also has certain other uses wherein the essential oil of the lily flower is used in aromatherapy to treat individuals suffering from depression as it tends to help in creating a feeling of modesty, happiness and a sense of security as well. In fact the essential oil of the lily flower is also an important ingredient in the perfume industry.

Other uses of the lily flower also include the stems of the lily flower being used in Asian cooking as they are sweet, chewy and have a mild vegetable flavor that is similar to that of the lettuce, asparagus or zucchini. In fact the Japanese cuisine is also known to use slices of the sugary sweet and pulpy bulb of the lily flower in many of their dishes.