Perennial plant that lives in areas where there is sufficient water but not much depth, it is also important for its development, this water is still or move very slowly, as in ponds and quiet waters.
It has a creeping rhizome keeping the plant anchored in the ground, hence the impossibility of its development in deep waters because the stem should be long enough for their large leaves and flowers remain above the water surface .
We can find the reproductive organs of this plant from June, when it leads to large flowers that can reach twelve inches in diameter, has a white and pink in color, has a calyx of four sepals elongated and green, the corolla has twenty petals, the outer is longer and wider than the calyx, becoming more narrow as we move into the heart of the flower, where the stamens in great numbers, and pistil.
The fruit is rounded, three inches in diameter. On the inside can see the signs left by the stamens and petals to fall off.
The root can be collected in autumn, picking, drying and protected from light.
It has a substance called ninfalina that provides a certain amount of digoxin, but has not been extensively studied since practically has been employed as an ornamental plant, the only data that is counted today are those who have come from customs and traditions.
It was used mainly as antiaphrodisiac-data that has not been proven today, this effect can occur both in the activity of the plant itself as a fairly common behavior when taking any supposed medicinal type product, known as the placebo effect .
The root has been used to prevent the flow celiac and dysentery, acting as an antiinflammatory spleen. If applied topically active is good for cases of ringworm.
Infusion. Cinco gramos de flores de nenúfar secas se añaden a un litro de agua, dejándolas infundir durante diez minutos; se puede tomar a lo largo del día en una cantidad de tres tazas y añadir cierta cantidad de azúcar si se desea para mejorar el sabor.
Polvo de raíz. Su empleo es eficaz para preparar lociones y pomadas para aplicar sobre zonas afectadas de tiña.
HABITAT: Ponds and slow-moving waters
PART USED: Flowers
CASTILIAN: Ninfea, lirio de agua
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