The Various Benefits Of Lily Of The Valley

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Lily of the valley, also known by various other names such as May bell, Mary’s tears or our lady’s tears, is a sweet-scented yet highly poisonous flowering plant. It bears bell-shaped pendant-like white flowers during the spring season. It is generally known to grow in the cooler regions of Asia and Europe in the Northern Hemisphere.
This sweetly scented plant has one of the most fragrant flowers which are believed to symbolize happiness, well-being, prosperity and good luck for its bearer. Other than its mythological well-wishing phenomenon, its oil also acts as a natural product for health issue remedies. It is believed to heal people with great effectiveness.
It is widely used for various heart problems such as irregular heartbeat and heart failure. It is also seen to used for UTIs (full form: Urinary Tract Infections), weak contractions in labor, kidney stones, epilepsy, resulting in paralysis and strokes, fluid retention, leprosy, and conjunctivitis.
With its many benefits and evident effectiveness, it also needs to used carefully and stored properly. IT is advised to store the oil extracted from its flower products in a well-sealed container, away from sunlight and in a cool shade.
The reason why lily of the valley works in a number of diseases is that it contains certain substances that can have an effect on the heart muscles by affecting the heart rate, contractions, and excitability.

What are its benefits?
As previously mentioned, this essential oil has a number of benefits that range from curing heart diseases to reducing stress in a significant manner. Due to its effectiveness in curing heart diseases, it is also referred to as a cardiac tonic. As it is a natural and safe herbal product, it is said to be safer for treating heart ailments in elderly people.
To increase its effectiveness for these purposes, it is generally combined with motherwort and hawthorn. Lily of the valley can also solve mental illness such as depression, headaches and melancholy by aromatherapy. Its scent is said to increase the strength of the brain cells and also improve the brain’s cognitive processes. It can also help in easing chest pains which are caused by coronary arteries or due to the lack of oxygen.

It is also said to bring down a fever by decreasing the heat production rate of the body, hence making the body cool down. Not only this, but it also has other benefits such as the ability to break down kidney stones, preventing excess water retention by the body, treating conjunctivitis, reducing painful symptoms of joint problems such as gout and rheumatism. It is also known to be used to treat shock, speech loss and paralysis. It can also help in bringing down aswell and in leprosy. Also, worth noting is its property to help in poisoning and vomiting by making the patient vomit.

Side Effects?
Just like any other natural herb, lily of the valley can also be dangerous if not used in the right quantity under an experienced practitioner. IT should never be used on one’s own accord. It can a strong effect on the heart and brain functions of a person so when used incorrectly it can produce dangerous results. Hence, it is strongly advised to use it only if carefully prescribed by a healthcare professional.
This plant can have some strong side effects such as dehydration and gastrointestinal irritation due to excessive use of the herb, abdominal pain due to improper usage, etc. You should never mix this herb with other beta-blocker drugs, quinidine, Lanoxin or calcium salts. As mentioned in the beginning, this part can be poisonous if not consumed carefully, especially the red berries of lily of the valley. Those berries are highly poisonous and should not be consumed. You should also avoid consuming this herb during pregnancy or breast-feeding period as it can affect the baby. Also, never self-medicate yourself with this herb in case of heart diseases.

Combinations to be used with caution
You should always avoid taking lily of the valley along with calcium supplements as the herb itself is a stimulant for cardiac functions when combined with calcium (which can also affect the heart) makes it dangerous for the heart and can lead to cardiac arrest.
Lanoxin, also known as Digoxin, makes the heartbeat stronger. If this is combined with lily of the valley it can increase the chances of facing side effects as both of them actively affect heart functions.
Some medications used for inflammation are intended to decrease potassium levels in the body and low potassium levels in the body can affect the heart. If lily of the valley is used along with medications for inflammation then it can risk of side effects. These medications include hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone, prednisone, and others.
Similarly, some antibiotics can increase the absorption of lily of the valley by the body. Taking the herb with macrolide antibiotics such as erythromycin, clarithromycin and azithromycin can substantially increase the effects of lily of the valley and thus, cause side effects.

How much is too much?
It is strongly advised to use this herb only under a healthcare professional’s guidance. Any attempts on self-medication can lead to improper usage or overdose of the herb which can lead to deadly results. The right amount of usage will differ depending on various factors such as the patient’s age, medical history, present health condition, and several other conditions.
In case of improper dosage or accidental consumption, immediately refer to a doctor and get proper medical advice. This herb should not be treated as a replacement for your professionally prescribed medications. Yes, it is a natural product and can be safe for many people and diseases but only if used carefully with proper procedures.
It should always be remembered that this plant has the potential to be highly poisonous, hence, it should be kept away from the reach of children and stored safely. If possible, try to keep it distinctive from other medications or articles to avoid misuse.

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