Lily of the Valley
"A Quiet Heart Tonic ….
I was walking around my mother’s yard last week and saw these little beauties blooming in a quiet corner of her garden.
I was so happy to see Lily of the Valley growing at my feet, as I’d studied it in herbal medicine school but hadn’t had a chance to see it growing yet.
Little did I know, it’s a very popular garden plant here on the west coast, and it makes a delightful humble appearance in late Spring. The flowers have a lovely fragrance that is soft, sweet, and unassuming.
Lily of the Valley’s latin name is Convallaria majalis (majalis for the month of May when they often bloom) and in the practice of herbal medicine we use it for conditions of the heart. It seems so suiting for this plant as it energetically emotes a gentle and loving presence.
Convallaria is used as a cardiac stimulant and it contains potent cardiac glycosides that help the heart muscle contract consistently and efficiently. It tones and strengthens a weak heart and increases it’s power. It is also a diuretic which may benefit those with heart conditions affected by high blood pressure. Lily of the Valley helps with arrhythmia of the heart, congestive heart failure, palpitations, cardiac obstruction and congestion, and cardiac insufficiency. It is a safer and more gentle alternative to Digitalis / Foxglove, as it is non-toxic and non-cumulative.
Lily of the Valley should be also be considered for those suffering from emotional sadness of the heart. Those experiencing grief, depression, anxiety, and loneliness would do well with having a friend bring them a bouquet of these sweet little flowers. If you have a friend or loved one suffering, consider Lily of the Valley as an antidote to their tears.
Such sweet and simple gifts are often the most potent remedies in herbal medicine…..”