It’s Solstice time again in the summer, the longest day of the year…. this year with a full moon to boot. Hope you get a chance to go outside and frolic in the sunlight. I did, I went out in my garden and gathered Daylily flowers.
Day-lilies have been used as medicine and food for thousands of years in Asian cultures. They are eaten fresh in a variety of ways and also dried to be used later to thicken soups. The dried flowers are called Golden Needles.They’re used in Chinese medicine for circulatory issues, as a diuretic (damp heat) and are being researched for anti-cancer properties.¹ Their energy is cooling and somewhat astringent.
There’s a bit of controversy over whether or not they are edible; most likely because of common names, as some people have called them Tiger Lilies. Day-lilies are in the Xanthorrhoeaceae family, subfamily Hemerocallidoideae, whereas Tiger Lilies are also a common name for a plant in the Liliaceae family, which is toxic. For a more in-depth article about the differences read this link. That said, when trying any plant you have never eaten before, first make sure you are absolutely sure which plant you have and then only try a small amount the first time, as there are a small percentage of people who will be sensitive to any given plant.
I’ve tried the greens before and found them rather bland, so I’m hoping the flowers are a little more exciting. I’m pickling some of the not yet opened opened buds.
The other thing I’m doing is making a flower essence….. if you know me, you know I’ll make a flower essence out of almost any edible flower and lots of other things as well. The Daylily spoke to me about sex and creativity, not surprisingly, it’s such a showy flower. Even before I looked up the traditional uses, I had the impression of circulation in the first and third chakras, physically and energetically this plant moves one. It reminded me that we have a limited time to create in our lives, so time is of the essence! Energetically, the male creative forces are supportive to the female forces, or the yang is supportive of the yin. This flower essence invigorates and gets one moving while also nourishing the life force.
*This article is meant for educational purposes and not to diagnose or treat any illness or disease. Consult a local plant expert for plant identification.