Allium neapolitanum

Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany

Allium neapolitanum Cirillo


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


  • Mediterranean maquis and forest
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Allium neapolitanum Cirillo

System/State Traditional
Activity / Interpretation
Preparation/ Administration
Parts Used

Pimples; bursts

Anti-Infective, Vulnerary

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

Bulb Z
Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)

Ear infection & deafness


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

Bulb Z



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

Bulb Z
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Expel & dissolve stones in urinary tract


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

Bulb Z
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Joint inflammation & muscle ache

Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory

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

Bulb Z
Venoms, Bites & Stings

Scorpion bite & bee venom sting


Apply juice from bulb to sting.

Bulb Z

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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.