YELLOW POND LILY

                                                                                                                       Nuphar lutea
The roots are anaphrodisiac, anodyne, antiscrofulatic, astringent, cardiotonic, demulcent & sedative.
Alkaloids in the root are reportedly hypotensive, antispasmodic, cardiac, tonic & vasoconstrictor.
The root contains steroids & is a folk remedy for infertility.

A tea made from the roots is used in the treatment of "sexual irritability", blood diseases, chills etc.
The root is poulticed & applied to swellings, inflammations, cuts etc.

A poultice of sliced rhizomes can be applied to skin ulcers, broken bones or aching joints.

A tea from the rhizomes- for tuberculosis, heart disease, swellings, asthma, chest pains & gonorrhea.

The tea can be also used as a blood tonic, general tonic or appetite stimulant.

The leaves heated & used as a poultice for chest pains.

The Yellow Water Lily plant can also be mixed into a concoction for applying to cuts, bites & infections.

PRECAUTIONS:

Caution should be exercised because large doses are potentially toxic.

RECIPES:

Native Americans consumed the starchy root stocks as boiled or roasted vegetables & harvested the seed for grinding into flour.
Seeds of Yellow Water Lilies are edible.

Tincture:

Add enough fresh chopped root to fill the glass container.
Cover with vodka or brandy.
Place it into a cool, dark area for few weeks.
Take ½ - 1 drops up to 3 times a day.
Avoid use during dull aching, congested conditions which need stimulation.
The fresh root tincture is a cooling remedy for reproductive tract irritation or inflammation.
Use in hot, painful conditions.

Root as cooked could be possible emergency food. The root has a bitter flavor - this bitterness can be removed by leaching the root in water.

The powder or slices of roots can be sprinkled on food.

Leaves & leaf stalks used cooked.

Seeds can be ground into a powder & used in making bread & porridge, or for thickening soups etc. The seed can also be parched, when it swells considerably but does not burst like popcorn. It is then normally eaten dry.

A refreshing drink is made from the flowers.

MAGIC:

The yellow water lily was said to destroy or remove the sexual drive if taken.Possibly for that reason it is adopted as a symbol of celibacy.


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