White Pond Lily

Other names: Cow cabbage, sweet water lilly, wahite water lily, pond lily, water cabbage

Scientific name: Nymphaea odorata

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Ayurvedic names:

Chinese names: He ye

Bangladesh names: Shaluk, Sundi 

Arabic names:  زنبق البرك الأبيض (nabaq al birak al abyad) 

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Family: Fabaceae

Approximate number of species known:

Common parts used: Whole herb, sprouts


Annual/Perennial: Perennial


Actions:  Astringent, demulcent, deobstruent, discutient, vulnerary

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Traditional Use:

The root of the tea has been used as a gargle for mouth and throat problems  Also has been used as a vaginal douche for yeast infections and uterine fibroids.   The root of the tea was used by the Native Americans as a men’s anti-aphrodisaic.

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Herb Name: White Pond Lily

Others names: Water Nymph, Sweet Water Lily, and Large Water Lily

Latin name: Nymphaea odorata

Family: Nymphaeaceae

Common part used: Root, Leaves

Description: White Pond Lily is an aquatic plant that has a thick root-stock, smooth dark-green shiny floating leaves, and large white flowers. The flowers are very fragrant. The flowers open at sunrise, and close by night. The plant grows in ponds, sluggish streams, and marshes.

Properties: White Pond Lily is an herb that is used in herbal medicine to treat dysentery, diarrhea, leukorrhea, mouth and throat ulcers, uterine cancer, boils, inflamed skin, tumors, and scrofulous ulcers. The herb is astringent, anodyne, demulcent, and anti-scrofulous.

Contents: It contains tannins, gallic acid, mucilage, starch, resin, gum, sugar, ammonia, fecula, tartaric acid, etc. 

Internal use: Internally, it can be used to treat dysentery and diarrhea. The infusion is commonly used as gargles for mouth/throat ulcers. 

External use: Externally, it helps to treat leukorrhea (abnormal vaginal discharge). The roots and leaves can be employed as a poultice to treat boils, tumors, inflamed skin, and scrofulous ulcers. The herb is also very helpful in treating uterine cancer. 

Essential oil and aromatherapy use: White Pond Lily is an ingredient in the extract that is meant to assist with bladder control. 

Safety precautions: Pregnant and breast-feeding women are advised to avoid using this herb.

Herb Name:  White lily

Other Names:  Madonna lily

Latin Name:  Lilium candidum

Family:  Liliaceae

Common parts Used:  roots, bulb, flowers

White lily also known as Madonna lily is a plant. It is native to West Asia and Balkans. It belongs to the family lilliaceae. It is used a garden plant. The flower is white in color and is considered aromatic.

White lily bulb is used cooked as well as raw.  When the bulb is cooked it is more delicious but it should be cook with proper procedure. The bulb is usually pulpy and sweet in taste. It is used as a substitute for potatoes because of the rich starch in bulb.

The flower of Water lily is a good astringent. It is also used for soothing effect. In females it is used for smooth menstruation. Externally it is used for inflammations and tumors. The pollen of the flower is used to treat epilepsy. Water lily is also used for healing wounds, burns and bruises.  An essential oil is also extracted from the plant which is used in aromatherapy. Industrially it is used in herbal face wash.

Herb Name:  White pond lily

Other Names:  water lilly

Latin Name:  Nymphaea odorata

Family:  Nymphaeaceae

Common parts Used: flower, root, leaves, seed

White lily is perennial herb. It is aquatic in nature and grows on the surface of water. The flowers are white in color. It is native to North America. It belongs to the family Nymphaeaceae.

White pond lily water buds are cooked. They are used as a vegetable and are also used in pickles. The leaves are also used raw as well as cooked. The roots and seeds are also eaten either cooked or boiled.

White pond lily is also used for medicinal purposes. The root is considered to be a good astringent and antiseptic. Tea is extracted from the roots and often used to treat the patients of Tuberculosis. It is also used as remedy for diarrhea and other gastrointestinal inflammations. In females it is used for vaginal discharge. The decoction is used to treat uterine cancer.