The Healing Powers Of The White Lily
The white lily, a perennial bulb plant native to western Asia and the Mediterranean region, is praised for its astringent properties that make it very useful in treating and preventing skin infections and irritations.
Part of the plant that is used most widely in herbal treatments is the bulb, as it is rich in amino acids and other elements, such as mineral salts and saponins. The saponins in the bulb of the white lily have reportedly been found to prevent cancerous processes in the skin.
Most commonly applied as a soothing poultice directly on the skin, the bulb heals burns and wounds without leaving a scar. White lily vinegar is also said to efficiently treat corns and remove warts. Because of its demulcent properties, it is also a good treatment for acne and other skin irritations and inflammations. This is thanks to the high content of polysaccharides and saponins, which provide a soothing effect on the inflamed area.
Lily flower extract is also an effective herbal treatment for couperosis, which is a condition where capillaries form a visible net on the skin as a result of weakness of the blood vessels. The flower extract also has a hydrating and soothing effect, so it is a valuable ingredient in preparations for dry, sensitive or irritated skin. The hydrating effect comes from the soluble polysaccharides the flowers contain, as they tend to form a film over the skin, helping it to preserve moisture and making it more flexible and fresher looking.