Water Lily as a remedy and as a commercial tincture is fading from current herbalists usage and knowledge. Taught by the late Dorothy Hall in her classes there are only a few largely empty tincture bottles mouldering on the shelves of dispensaries these day. Now seemingly out of fashion and not commercially produced in Australia and apparently not in North America either.
This plant is currently growing in the dam that has been set aside for aquatic herbs. Longer term there can be some limited harvest to provide this remedy again to the herbal community. I’m constantly surprised at the easy to grow remedies, that have a proven track record yet some how fall off the range of commercially available product. Are all the commercial growers just providing the popular marketable items the Scullcaps and Echinacea ?
A quote from Matthew Wood “The Book of Herbal Wisdom” to summarise its use. ” The root is large and starchy, containing much carbohydrates, mucilage, and tannins so that it makes an ideal topical dressing for external sores and inflammation, also acting through the system to soothe and tone the mucosa and the attendant internal surfaces and organs”
Preparation of the remedy starts with harvest of the root in autumn and can be tinctured fresh or sliced thinly and dried for storage. An Indian tradition that has carried forward to our times is to not use any iron implements in cutting the rhizome or preparing the root