Drimia aphylla

Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany


Drimia aphylla (Forssk.) J. C. Manning & Goldblatt


  • Urginea martima (L.) Bak.
  • Sea Squill
  • `eisalan عيصلان
  • `ud el-ray عود الري
  • `unsul عنصل
  • basul بصول
  • bosalan بوصلان
  • ghosalan غوصلان
  • kharif خريف
  • kholasan خولصان
  • khatzav matzuy
  • חָצָב מָצוּי


  • Batha
  • Phrygana
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Drimia aphylla (Forssk.) J. C. Manning & Goldblatt

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

Dandruff/ hair loss

Anti-dandruff, Hair restorer

Crush dried bulb into fine powder, mix + sulphur powder + soap + "henna" (Lawsonia inermis) + olive oil & cook until a paste/ lotion. Apply to shaven head x1/day for 1 mth. Before treatment wash shaven head with solution of cooking salt + garden onion juice.

Bulb Z

Abdominal ascites


Decoct bulb & drink.

Bulb Z
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Bone sprains & fractures


Crush bulb & apply to affected area as stiff bandage (with or without egg white + soap).

Bulb Z
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Rheumatic pain

Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

Crush bulb & apply to affected area as stiff bandage (with or without egg white + soap).

Bulb Z
Nervous System

Nerve paralysis in brain. (See NOTES)


Decoct bulb in water & drink hot or add + honey (3:1 ratio) & eat 1 large tablespoon x3/day.

Bulb Z



Roast inner layers of bulb over fire, mash, mix + honey & eat.

Bulb Z
Wound Healing

Wound inflammation

Anti-Infective, Vulnerary

Extract pulp from bulb & apply to affected area x2/day until improvement.

Bulb B

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The condition "nerve paralyis in the brain" is unclear but may refer to a stroke.


Drimia aphylla contains scillarenin glucosides. It should not be used in cardiac conduction defects, cardiac arrhythmias, heart block, hypercalcemia, hypokalemia, cardiomyopathy & with therapy using Potassium or digitalis. Side effect include diarrhea, gastritis, nausea, vomiting, irregular pulse. Interactions with other drugs include potentiation of calcium, cardiac glycosides, extended glucocorticoid therapy, laxatives & quinidine, etc.