Lilly of the Valley - Konwalia
Lilly of the Valley
This pretty plant is a formidable brain, lymph, and heart herb, from which the drug convallatoxin is obtained. It has been successfully employed in treating patients recovering from strokes, especially when their speech is slow to return. It also soothes the nerves, reduces high blood pressure, helps epilepsy, dizziness, convulsions, palsy, apoplexy, and cures various forms of dropsy. It can be made into an ointment for headache, and for rheumatic, or gouty pains. Root ointment, folk remedy for burns, to prevent scar tissue. Russians use this herb for epilepsy.
It is used for nervous sensitivity, neurasthenia, apoplexy, epilepsy, dropsy, valvular heart diseases, heart pains, and quieting to heart diseases in general. This herb contains glycosides similar to digitalis but milder. Combined with sea onion, this herb is a safer more effective treatment than digitalis. Digitalis is retained in the body and over a long period of therapy may damage the heart. This combination of sea onion (Urginea maritima) is not cumulative and is gentle, and supportive of the heart muscles.