Squill, or Urginea maritima of the plant family liliaceae
, is a powerful expectorant
used in chronic bronchitis
, especially where there is little sputum
production, which causes a dry irritable cough. A more fluid mucous secretion
in produced with Squill, which in turn facilitates an easier expectoration
. The mucilage
content eases and relaxes brinchiole passages
, thereby balancing the stimulation of the glycosides
. Squill may be used in bronchial asthma
and whooping cough
. It has a stimulating action on the heart
and has been used for aiding cases of heart failure
and water retention when there is heart involvement.
Soon after the flowering of the plant, the bulb
should be collected
Preparation and Dosage:
Constituents: Cardiac glycoside
- Taken as a tea, the dose is quite small, only 0.06-0.2 grams of the bulb. As this is a minute quantity, make 500 milliliters per one pint of the infusion as a time by pouring this amount of boiling water onto 1/2 - 1 teaspoonful of the bulb. Let infuse for 10-15 minutes. Store the liquid in a refrigerator and drink a cup three times a day.
- As a tincture, take 1/2 - 1 ml of the tincture three times daily.
, mucilage, tannin
For bronchitis it may be used with White Horehound
; for whooping cough with Sundew