Cow Cabbage, Lis d'Eau, Nénuphar Blanc, Nymphaea maximilianii, Nymphaea odorata, Nymphaea rosea, Nymphée Odorante, Pond Lily, Water Cabbage, Water Lily, Water Nymph.


Overview Information

American white water lily is a plant that grows in ponds, lakes, and streams. The bulb and root are used to make medicine.

People take American white water lily by mouth for diarrhea and apply it to the body for vaginal conditions, diseases of the throat and mouth, and for burns and boils, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work?

American white water lily contains chemicals called tannins that probably help treat diarrhea by reducing swelling (inflammation). The tannins might also help kill some germs.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Diarrhea.
  • Vaginal conditions.
  • Diseases of the throat and mouth.
  • Burns and boils.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of American white water lily for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

There isn't enough information to know if American white water lily is safe.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking American white water lily if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



We currently have no information for AMERICAN WHITE WATER LILY Interactions.



The appropriate dose of American white water lily depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for American white water lily. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References


  • Dipasquale, R. Nymphaea odorata: white pond lily. Medical herbalism 2000;11(3):6-7.
  • Plant database: Nymphaea odorata. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. (Accessed 5/28/2019).
  • Zhang, Z., ElSohly, H. N., Li, X. C., Khan, S. I., Broedel, S. E., Jr., Raulli, R. E., Cihlar, R. L., Burandt, C., and Walker, L. A. Phenolic compounds from Nymphaea odorata. J Nat Prod 2003;66(4):548-550. View abstract.

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