Allium neapolitanum

Allium neapolitanum Cirillo

Amaryllidaceae

  • Daffodil Garlic
  • False Garlic
  • Flowering Onion
  • Guernsey Star-of-Bethlehem
  • Naple's Garlic
  • Naples Onion
  • White Garlic
  • Wood Garlic
  • بصيله
  • ثوم الراعي
  • busseileh
  • thum al-ra'i
  • שׁוּם מְשֻׁלָּשׁ
  • shum meshulash(=triangular garlic)

Geophyte

  • Mediterranean maquis and forest

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Allium neapolitanum Cirillo

System/StateTraditional
Complaint/Use
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/Administration

Parts Used

Source
Dermatological

Pimples; bursts

Anti-Infective, Vulnerary

Crush bulb, mix juice + salt & apply to pimple.

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Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)

Ear infection & deafness

Anti-Infective

Peel bulb, crush, heat in sheep`s bile, cool, strain & apply as ear drops. (See NOTES).

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Gastrointestinal

Haemorrhoids

Anti-haemorrhoidal

Boil bulb in water to obtain gel & apply as ointment.

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Kidney & Urinary Tract

Expel & dissolve stones in urinary tract

Anti-lithic

Crush peeled bulb, mix + olive oil, spread on barley bread & eat for 3 days.

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Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Joint inflammation & muscle ache

Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory

Heat bulb to obtain gel, mix + olive oil to make ointment & massage.

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Venoms, Bites & Stings

Scorpion bite & bee venom sting

Anti-venom

Apply juice from bulb to sting.

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The authors of the Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany (FPE) web site do not take responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of the plants described here. Always seek advice from a health professional before using a plant medicinally or for other purposes

Some recipes for Allium neapolitanum include use of animal parts (e.g sheep`s bile) applied as ear drops. Such preparations were an historical but long discredited way to treat these problems. It is dangerous & not recommended.

Allium genus has species containing compounds that can cause acantholysis (loss of cohesion between keratinocytes in skin epidermis e.g. in pemphigus vulgaris). Large amounts (> 5 cloves/day) can cause flatulence, flatus, hearburn & potentiate effects of many drugs including anticoagulants, hypertensive medications, NSAIDs, valium etc. Contraindicated in hyperthroidism. May cause allergies & irritate gastrointestinal tract causing nausea, vomiting & diarrhea.