|Botanical Nomenclature||Syringa vulgaris|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Syringa vulgaris is a deciduous shrub growing from 1 to 6m, with oval, heart-shaped, smooth, opposite leaves and blue, violet, yellow or white flowers in inflorescences. The flowering and the harvesting of the flowers take place from April to May.|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Flowers|
|Active Substances||Essential oil, auxins (plant hormones), bitter agents|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The herbal tea is used against helminths, malaria, sore throat and fever. The essential oil is applied to the skin for the treatment of various skin problems as rashes, burns and wounds. In aromatherapy the essential oil is recommended to patients who suffer from chronic depression and anxiety, while in folk medicine is recommended the chewing of the leaves against dyspepsia, flatulence, diarrhea and rheumatism.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered in the form of herbal tea (a quantity of dried flowers in boiled water, 2-3 times a day). Chewing the leaves is recommended for its astrigent action and to improve the sore throat.
Warning: The use of herb preparations is not recommended without seeking advice from your physician or pharmacist. The substances they contain may interact with the subscribed drugs that the patient already takes, thus eliminating their therapeutic efficacy or inducing toxicity. They may also burden further weakened vital functions of the body thus exposing the patient to increased morbidity and life threatened conditions.
|Toxicity- Adverse Effects||No side effects have been reported.|
|References||1)http://www.dolo.gr/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=152&Itemid=51 2)http://www.tatheodoriana.gr/news.php?nd_id=46 3)http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Syringa+vulgaris 4)http://www.jeannerose.net/articles/lilac.html 5)http://lilianausvat.blogspot.gr/search/label/Syringa%20vulgaris#.VQEtkfmsWDQ|