Known as Lilium
convallium in the 16th century.
Our Ladys' Tears, Convall-lily, Lily Constancy, May Lily, Convallaria, Ladder-to Heaven, Male Lily, Convallaria magalis (LINN)
Lily of the Valleys' specific name, Majalis, or Maialis connotes "that which belongs to May". Historic astrology has the plant under the dominion of the planet Mercury, since Maia, the daughter of Atlas,was mother of Mercury or Hermes in Greek mythology
Wild Lily of the Valley is called Canada Mayflower (Maianthemum Canadense)
glycosides (Cardenolides) similar to foxglove glycoside.
a saponiside, convallomarine
Used to regulate heart action similarly to and considered safer than the foxglove.
Considered an important drug in some national pharmacopeias, it is seldom used as such outside Eastern European countries.
perfume base from
flowers, formerly an ingredient in
snuff (dried roots and leaves), for cardiac debility or
dropsy, slows the disturbed action of
a weak, irritable heart; increases heart power.
It is preferable to Digitalis, since it does not accumulate in the body to toxic proportions
decoction of flowers taken for obstruction of the urinary canal
recommended as a substitute for aloes' purgative qualities.
TO BE ADMINISTERED BY PHYSICIANS ONLY
One ounce of herb is taken as a tincture, infused in a pint of boiling water and taken by the tablespoonful.
Fluid extract, herb, 10 to 30 drops
Fluid extract,whole plant, 10 to 30 drops
Fluid extract, flowers, 1/2 to 1 drachm
P. 480, A Modern Herbal, Mrs M. Grieve Tiger Books International, London
P. 66, Referencing Wild Lily of the Valley Flower, "A Field Guide to Wildflowers", Northeastern, Northcentral North America Peterson, Mc Kenny,Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, Publisher
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