Een stevige madonnalelie, al flink groen in blad, zat ook vol met vele kleintjes, ook gewone moederkruidjes mogen mee, exclusiever zijn mijn berggenepi's, Artemisias umbeliformis die het hier aan zee toch goed doen.
Mrs. Grieve schrijft in haar 'A Modern Herbal' over de madonnalelie / Lilium candidum. Demulcent, as tringent. Owing to their highly mucilaginous properties, the bulbs are chiefly employed externally, boiled in milk or water, as emollient cataplasms for tumours, ulcers and external inflammation and have been much used for this purpose in popular practice. The fresh bulb, bruised and applied to hard tumours, softens and ripens them sooner than any other application.
Made into an ointment, the bulbs take away corns and remove the pain and inflammation arising from burns and scalds, which they cure without leaving any scar.
The ointment also had the reputation of being an excellent application to contracted tendons. Gerard tells us:
'The root of the Garden Lily stamped with honey gleweth together sinewes that be cut asunder. It bringeth the hairs again upon places which have been burned or scalded, if it be mingled with oil or grease. . . The root of a white Lily, stamped and strained with wine, and given to drink for two or three days together, expelleth the poison of the pestilence.'
In the fresh state, the bulb is also said to have been employed with advantage in dropsy, for Culpepper (1652), besides confirming the uses of the Lily bulb which Gerard gives, tells us 'the juice of it being tempered with barley meal baked is an excellent cure for the dropsy.'