Lilac – A Powerful Healing Plant
Lilac is a purple plant with a nice scent which is common in the parks in Europe. It is commonly used in aromatherapy for emotional and spiritual balance and for improving your sensuality.
The flowers of the plant can be eaten raw in small amounts, but people use them as a base for pancake dough. They can also be added to different salads.
Besides being used in aromatherapy, lilac has seen its fair share of use in natural medicine as well. The bark and seeds of the plant are natural astringents which can treat diarrhea and digestive problems, and the anti-inflammatory properties make lilac a great tool against fever and high body temperature. Lilac is very effective against malaria, and its analgesic properties make it ideal against pain, rheumatism and nerve damage.
The lilac bark is removed during spring or autumn after the fruit is ripe, and is then dried in a sunny spot. Its healthy properties are due to compounds such as siringin, tannin, essential oils and minerals.
Lilac tea is a common cure for many disease. You can prepare it yourself by putting one teaspoon of dry lilac bark in 2 dl. of water, then letting the mixture steep for 2 hours. Afterwards, you should boil the mixture for a while then leave it to cool down for an hour. Depending on the health problems, you should drink 1-2 cups of the tea daily, but never take more than three cups a day.
Lilac essential oil is made from its flowers and used as a massaging oil or as a treatment for rheumatism and neuralgia. In the West, the oil is used as a mouth rinse. In order to treat your rheumatism, fill a plastic bottle with lilac flowers, then pour olive oil over them and leave the mixture in a sunny place by a window for three weeks. Afterwards, strain the mixture and massage the affected areas with it. Lilac extract is usually used in various sensitive skin creams and tonics.
Summer lilac perfume
The sweet scent of lilac is ideal for a summer light perfume which you can prepare at home. Crush some lilac leaves first, then put them in a bowl and pour boiled water over them. Put a lid over the bowl and let the mixture cool down before straining it and throwing away the flowers. Now, boil the liquid and repeat the process until you get the desired scent. When it’s cooled down, put it in a spray bottle and keep it in the fridge. There you have it, a nice DIY lilac perfume for the summer!
Lilac leaves are used for treatment of fever and oral diseases in children, liver congestion, digestive and respiratory problems. They can also be used against high body temperature, kidney stones and high blood pressure.
The flowers of the plant are used for treating skin conditions such as rashes and burns, as well as cuts and scratches. Like the leaves, they can also be used against digestive and respiratory problems as well as against vision problems.