Crinum latifolium

Botanical  Name :Crinum latifolium
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Amaryllidoideae
Genus: Crinum
Species: C. latifolium
Kingdom: Plantae
clade: Angiosperms
clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales

Common Names:Lily, Giant Spider,White Lily

Habitat :Native Myanmar .  Crinum latifolium grows in many places in the world. It grows naturally in Asia, from India and Sri Lanka through much of mainland Southeast Asia to south China (Guangxi, Guizhou, Yunnan). It is also reportedly naturalized in the West Indies and in the Chagos Archipelago.
Description:
Crinum latifolium is a rosette-like herb that arises from an underground bulb. It is smaller and spreads less than other varieties of Crinum. It has a tidy rosette and long, straplike leaves. Five or more flowers grow on a stalk about 2 feet above the foliage of the plant. The flowers open in the late afternoon or evening and wilt by dawn of the next day from June until August. It is a stout perennial herb of about 2 m in height. Leaves are long, linear and ligulate type. Flowers are white in color and arranged in umbel. It’s flowers are sweet-scented, night-blooming . It is sometimes called milk crinum and wine crinum because of its white and pink blossoms. It can be used in the landscape and for medicinal purposes.

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Medicinal Uses:
Bulbs and leaves of crinum are useful in herbal medicines. It is highly useful in the treatment of serious health conditions like prostatitis, adenoma, benign prostate enlargement, uterine fibroids etc. It is used to enhance cell-mediated immunity and acts as an effective T-lymphocyte activator. It is also used in cases of hypoxia, inflammation, detoxification, tissue regeneration, and hormone balancing. Leaf juice is used for earache, rheumatic pain, and sprain. Bulbs are used to induce vomiting.

A leafy traditional Vietnamese herbal remedy, it was used in ancient times by the royalty to enhance longevity. It is currently used in Vietnam for a wide variety of health benefits in treatment for serious health conditions including prostate and ovarian disorders such as prostatitis, adenoma, benign prostate enlargement, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts and tumors. It is known to contain eleven different alkaloids and amino acids. Crinum latifolium also contains steroid saponins and antioxidants, supports cellular immunity, and has been researched as being an effective T-lymphocyte activator. It may also be used to assist the body in improving hypoxia, infection and chronic inflammation, detoxification, regeneration of tissues, hormone balancing and is particularly supportive to the prostate and ovaries.  The leaf juices of this plant are used in India to alleviate ear-ache, and the bulbs, after roasting, are laid on the skin to ease rheumatic pain.   Leaves of the herb smeared with castor oil and warmed is a useful remedy for repelling whitlows and other inflammations at the end of toes and fingers. You can also use bruised leaves of the herb mixed with castor oil for this purpose. The herb is also useful to treat inflamed joints and sprains. For earache and other ear complaints, use slightly warmed juice of the leaves mixed with a little salt. You can also use an oil prepared from the fresh juice for this purpose.  The bulbs are powerfully emetic and are used to produce vomiting in poisoning especially antiaries.

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Disclaimer:
The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
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http://www.herbnet.com/Herb%20Uses_LMN.htm

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