August 12, 2012

Giant Spider Lily

The Giant Spider Lily is a beautifully fragrant and exotic flower that grow in tropical areas – I’ve seen them on my travels in Florida and Singapore, but they can be found all over Asia and in other parts of the world in tropical latitudes. There are rare varieties of this flower in Thailand and Singapore that are endangered.

If you live in a tropical area and enjoy gardening, Crinum Lilies have an onion-like bulb that continues to grow and grow – they can weigh up to 20 lbs! You can dig up the bulb of one plant and separate it into sections and re-plant them in other parts of your garden. On each plant, the thick leaves expand out in a bright green explosion up to three feet long. Each flower has six petals that spill out from the center like an umbrella.

The flowers are either all pure white or the most beautiful rich wine color. The scent of these spider umbrella-like flowers is intoxicating – floral and powdery and sweet. Too bad it’s a poisonous plant, otherwise this flower would perhaps be used in perfumery as often as Jasmine. Also known as Asian Poison Lily, all parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested; even the sap can be irritating to the skin.

I made an elixir of the wine-colored flower at the Naples Botanical Garden in South Florida. A lush garden tenderly cared for by the devoted staff, the spider lilies are located in various places around the garden in a splendor all their own. The American version of this flower is sometimes called Swamp Lily or Crinum Lily, as it grows prolifically near wetlands, mangroves and swamps.

As you know, there are so many dilutions in the making of a flower essence, that by the time you get to the liquid that is ingested, there are no longer any plant parts in the water – only the energy of the flower. This is similar to the process of homeopathy, in which deadly
plants and minerals like Belladonna or Arsenic are used in dilutions so great that’s they become highly beneficial for the body. Wonderfully, that means that even though it’s a poisonous flower, we can still access the profoundly healing benefits of it by enjoying the flower elixir.

Giant Spider Lily

As a poisonous flower, the Spider Lily cannot be used for cooking or making an essential oil, but it has tremendous medicinal value. In Indonesia and Malaysia, it’s called ‘Bakong,’ or poisonous bulb plant, and its leaves and bulb are used for making various herbal medicines. The bulb is crushed and made into an ointment or poultice for rheumatoid arthritis, fevers and headaches. The succulent leaves are used for sprains, earaches, fractures, swelling and inflammation. Fresh, bruised leaves serve as an insect repellant and dried leaves boiled in water make a remedy for hemorrhoids.

In India, the juice of the bulb is used as a substitute for ipecac, to induce vomiting in cases of accidental poisoning. In Australia, aborigines warm the juice of the bulb to clean and disinfect wounds. Many clinical studies now prove the wondrous anti- inflammatory effects of this plant, in alignment with how the remedies have been used in folk medicine for centuries. However, unless you’re very familiar with the plant, it’s best to consult with experienced herbalists who have used it successfully before attempting to work with the plant.

As a flower elixir, however, Spider Lily dissolves feelings of being weighed down or tied down, like you’re trudging through the mud of everyday life. It transforms the areas of our lives where we feel heavy or stagnant. It brings in a new sense of freedom, weightlessness and effortlessness. It enhances ‘light’, whether that’s feeling light as in weightless and free, or light, as in shining light in dusty or dark places of our psyche.

When we feel like things are hard, Giant Spider Lily helps us feel a newfound sense of simplicity or ability to streamline. When you find yourself worrying so much that you stagnate projects or initiatives, this flower elixir lightens everything up and brings in the more joy and ease.

Experience the magic of Giant Spider Lily!

giant spider lily elixir

{Dissolves} heaviness, feeling burdened, weighed or tied down; stagnant or stuck areas; feeling like life is hard or a struggle; sense that something is holding you back or holding you down or limiting you; feeling not good enough; overthinking, overcomplicating to the point of self-sabotage.

{Magnifies} Feeling light, bright, weightless, unfettered, free; ability to simplify and streamline; feeling unafraid to be yourself and able to look at life in a different way: even though external factors may be the same, life feels like a joyful celebration

Love + flower petals,




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