“The flowers that cause vertigo, the beautiful narcotic flowers.”
In Mayan frescoes the White lily is depicted with magick, involved with rites of passage, priestliness, and passages between life and death. Misunderstood throughout history the Nymph has become misrepresented as a global token of feminine fertility, when more accurately it’s gender-fluid nature shows the adaptability and tonifying power of the plant.
Nymphaea has now naturalised in parts of South America, the Pacific Islands, and Eastern Australia, where it is considered a weed in fresh water ponds.
In some Northern American traditions, the waterlilies were associated with the underwater serpent, and therefore with the ability to see in different realms. Some theories now consider that it is possible the waterlily may have even been the Soma written about in ancient Vedic records.
Drunk traditionally in alcohol or as a fresh or dried leaf tea, it can also be smoked as a dry herb. The plant may increase sexual playfulness, energise, sedate, tonify the digestive and reproductive tract and mildly increase dream activity. The bulbs roots of some Nymphaeae species have been documented to contain apomorphine and aporphine (which hydrolyses into apomorphine in the body). These show selective dopamine agonistic properties specifically in the hypothalamus, which can aid in smooth muscle relaxation and vasodilation in regards to erectile dysfunction.
The water lily is both mucilaginous and astringent, meaning it is balancing to the fluids of the body, whether they are in deficiency or excess; it is also relaxing to the parasympathetic nervous system.
The white water lily can often be used interchangeably with the better known blue water lily, however, in consideration of the doctrine of signatures, the white colouring of this water lily suggests it has a stronger association with purification, and the crown or Sahasrara chakras.
In traditional European and Northern American healing practices, the white lily has a history of being used in cases of inflammation, stagnation, dampness, or coldness in the body, especially when this causes imbalance in the pelvic region, such as thrush or candida. Further accentuating its role as a gender-neutral tonic. It also has a culture of therapeutic use in Ayurvedic medicine for namely its astringent properties on the gut, including aiding in treating diarrhoea, dyspepsia, urinary tract problems, and even calming feverish states or heart palpitations.
This product is prepared from fresh wyld harvested Water Lily flora, respectfully foraged from natural water sources on the Sunshine Coast, QLD.
We have then extracted the flowers over many moons with pure ethanol to create the tincture. Suggested dosage: 10-30 drops, morning and night, or as needed.
Alcohol extracts are far superior to any other method of extraction. It extracts the most amount of the chemicals compared to any other solvent. It helps the medicine to also diffuse quickly into the bloodstream.
Alcohol is warming and medicine unto itself. To add, it also can esterify vitamins, oils and other medicinal chemicals making them more bioavailable and water soluble.
To be really specific: the amount of alcohol in tinctures is incredibly tiny. Less than you will get from eating a few pieces of bread.
If you are taking 20 drops of a 60 percent alcohol tincture every hour for an acute condition, you will get less than 2ml of alcohol over the course of a day.
If you are taking a general dose of 20 drops three times daily, this is less alcohol than you will get from eating two slices of bread.
If alcohol is a serious problem for you, then consider alternative extracts.
Please store in a cool dark place, out of sunlight, heat & air exposure.
This product has not been evaluated by the TGA for safe internal use. It is sold as a raw botanical product for ethnobotanical research purposes only.