Did you also know Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum) is a lovely medicinal aid? Long used in Chinese traditional medicine, it was primarily for “yin” deficiencies where there was dehydration or lack of fluid due to too much heat in the system. Western herbalist, Matthew Wood in his book, The Earthwise Herbal , offers a very insightful look at this potent bloom’s historical use and his use of the Easter Lily.
Wood describes the taste as slightly cool, moist and mucilaginous. He prepares the plant as a flower essence. It is helpful with emotional issues of grief, sadness, depression and inability to let go of something or someone. It also has been used for inability to concentrate with yawning. On a more physical level he discusses it for the treatment of chronic bronchitis with lingering thick, dried mucus. He also has used it for the treatment of cysts in female breasts, ovaries and skin. It has been used as an infertility treatment where mucus is too thick not allowing the egg to pass through the fallopian tubes. And if that is not enough, it can also aid in treating fever in the body.
The aroma of this bloom can be pleasantly uplifting and refreshing. This reinforces its essential oil application for depression and providing a sense of security. The plant can also be used as an extracted oil included in cosmetics and works especially well for sensitive skin. The bulb of the plant can be used either fresh or boiled then crushed, and applied topically to a skin affliction with irritation or itching.
No matter if you choose this plant to celebrate the holiday season, enjoy its beautiful fragrance or as a potent medicinal, you can’t go wrong with the lovely Easter Lily.