Health benefits of Fragrant Water Lily

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Fragrant Water Lily Quick Facts
Name: Fragrant Water Lily
Scientific Name: Nymphea odorata
The Lily family embraces many economically important genera, including sources of fibres, food (Onion, Garlic), spices, resins, medicines, soap, poisons and essential oils. However the so-called water lily (Nymphaea) and Calla lily (Calla palustris) are not members of the Lily family. White pond lily grows in ponds, with large, round, dark-green leaves, floating in the water, bearing a large white flower that looks like a large Gardenia in shape. Growing from Canada to Florida end Louisiana.

It is widely distributed in quiet tools and ponds in North and Central America.  It is a hardy and native plant which gloats its round foliage and produces fragrant, white, multipetaled flower just above the water. It grows in standing water about 18 inches deep and spreads by means of rhizomes. Each leaf lasts about six weeks before turning yellow. Each flower lasts several days, flowers closes in late afternoon and at night. Use it in traditional medicine as an aphrodisiac, astringent, anodyne, sedative, cardiotonic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent. The plant has calming and sedative effect on nervous system and can be used for treating and managing insomnia and anxiety disorders.


Leaves are 10 to 30 cm wide, heart shaped and broadly rounded. Upper side of the leaf is water repellant and glossy green. The underside is purplish-red.


Flowers are very smelly. Sepals are purplish on back, elliptical or egg shaped and sword shaped measuring 3.16 inches long, 1 inch wide. It has more than 25 petals usually white.


Flowers give way to globe shaped fruits about 1 to 1.19 inches in diameter.


Seeds are 3-D ellipse shape measuring 0.08 inches long.

Facts of Fragrant Water Lily

Name Fragrant Water Lily
Scientific Name Nymphea odorata
Common/English Name White pond lily, Water Cabbage, Water Nymph, Sweet Scented Pond Lily, Cow Lily, American white waterlily, cow cabbage, fragrant water lily, sweet scented water lily, sweet water lily, toad lily, water cabbage, water nymph, white pond lily, white water lily
Flowering Season Summer and early fall
Flower White, showy and fragrant, 6 inches in diameter
Medicinal part The root


An old-fashioned home remedy brought into use by the Indians, the knowledge of which has been passed down for generations. There are few remedies which act more promptly than this in old cases of leucorrhoea, where there is chronic inflammation of the womb or abrasion of the vagina, and for ulceration of the womb it has proven efficacious, having completely cured the disease after all other available means have failed. It should be used locally, by injection of the infusion to the neck of the womb, and taken internally. Very accommodating in cases of dropsy and kidney trouble, catarrh of the bladder, irritation of the prostate. Has been used largely for diarrhoea and bowel complaints, excellent for infant diarrhoea, scrofula and diseases of the lungs. The infusion is healing to sores, ulcerated mouth, inflamed gum, canker, sore throat.


1 oz. of the root boiled in 1 pint of water for 20 min., taken from wineglassful to teacupful amounts two or three times a day. Of the fluid extract, 10–15 drops, morning and night.


The fresh juice of the root mixed with lemon juice is excellent for removing freckles, pimples and dark discolorations of the skin. Make a strong tea for use as a local application applied with Turkish towels, or white cotton, for painful swellings, boils, ulcers, etc. The bruised leaves are healing to wounds and cuts applied as poultice.

Homoeopathic Clinical

Tincture of the root—Back (pain in), Coryza, Diarrhoea, Throat (sore).

Russian Experience

In Russian literature mention is made of two kinds of Pond lily—Kuvshinka Nymphaea alba and Nymphaea candida. They are slightly different but used medically the same way. In some undisturbed areas of ponds, lakes and slow-running water up to 6 ft. deep, Lily’s will cover the peaceful surface.

Folk Medicine use both species as astringent for female trouble of amenorrhoea.


The rhizome is used medically for palilloma of the kidney and acidic gastritis.

Culinary uses

  • Flower buds are cooked as vegetables or pickled.
  • Young flower are consumed raw.
  • Leaves are consumed raw or cooked.
  • It is used in soups and stews.
  • Roots are boiled or roasted.
  • Ripe seeds are cooked or ground into a meal.

Medicinal uses

  • Roots tea is used for treating TB, diarrhea, chronic bronchial complaints, inflamed glands, gonorrhea, mouth sores and stop bleeding.
  • Root poultice is used for treating boils, swellings, inflamed skin, vaginitis and tumors.






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