Lilac (Syringa Vulgaris) – Healing Properties and Cosmetics

Flower with power!

Syringa vulgaris, also known as lilac, is a popular ornamental shrub from the olivaceous family. It blooms beautifully in May, delighting with beautiful inflorescences, and spreading its strong, sweet scent.

Folk medicine

Lilac, apart from decorative qualities, has many healing properties known for centuries in folk medicine. Lilac flowers are used externally and internally for treatments of headaches, cough, colds, skin diseases, cleansing the body, heart problems and hypertension. Folk herbalists often used lilac decoctions, infusions, ointments and tinctures to treat these problems. There is also a belief that violet-lilac flowers vibrations can soothe nerves.


Is a beautiful, well known plant


Is used as a natural medicine


Has a strong, sweet scent


Can soothe your nerves

Healing properties of Lilac

The medicinal raw material is lilac leaves and flowers. We collect the first ones before developing flowers and dry them in airy, shady place. Lilak properties are:

+ diaphoretic, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory,
+ antibacterial, antiviral
+ cleanses the lungs, bronchi, reduces coughing, sore throat
+ detoxifies the body and liver, purifies the blood
+ helps with headaches and rheumatic pains
+ regulates blood pressure
+ helps with acute diarrhoea, works diuretic
+ heals skin diseases, acne, eczema and hard-to-heal wounds
+ as a great cosmetic it rejuvenates the skin, reduces dark circles and puffiness under the eyes
+ strengthens immunity

Lilac Medicines (Recipes)

Check our homemade recipes for lilac treatments below, choose one or few you like most and try them! Don’t worry; they are all simple to prepare. If you like these homemade lilac goods, feel free to leave us a comment!

Lilac Flower Infusion

Brew a spoon of lilac flowers for a quarter of an hour in a glass of boiling water.

Lilac Flower Infusion is recommended by folk medicine at cases of hypertension, acute diarrhoea, cough and whooping cough.
If you suffer from one of these symptoms, drink a glass of it 2-4 times a day.

Lilac Decoction - for a cold
  1. Pour a spoon of lilac flowers in a glass of water.
  2. Boil for 15 minutes on low heat under cover.
  3. Strain and top it up with boiled water to a full glass.

It tastes better when sweetened with raspberry juice or honey.
Use for treating colds.

Lilac & Chamomile Tea - for a cold
  1. Take the flowers of lilac and chamomile evenly.
  2. Pour a spoon of chopped herbs into a glass of boiling water.
  3. Let it rest for a quarter of an hour under cover.

Drink 2-3 glasses of hot tea per day.

(It works even better when sweetened with raspberry juice or honey)

Lilac Decoction - dissolving joint deposits and heel spurs
  1. Pour four spoons fresh lilac flowers in 20 spoons of 45% alcohol.
  2. Set aside in a dark place for nine days.
  3. Filter out carefully by squeezing the herbs.
  4. Use three times a day for 30 drops diluted in a glass of boiled water.

Rub painful places, apply compresses on spurs for the night.

    Lilac Decoction - for bronchial asthma
    1. Mix lilac flowers, sundew herbs, leaf lanceolate and violet herb in equal amounts.
    2. Cook four teaspoons of the mixture for a few minutes 3 glasses of water.
    3. Set decoction aside for 2 hours to let it cool and strain.

    Drink in three portions throughout the day.

    External Application

    Here you can find recipes for lilac external treatments. Choose one you need most and try it at home! Don’t worry; these are all simple to prepare. If you like these homemade lilac treatments, leave us a comment!

    Compress from Lilac Leaves

    Whole lilac leaves applied to the forehead and temples can reduce headaches and migraines.
    A pulp of fresh ground lilac leaves helps to cure hard-healing, festering wounds.

    Lilac Brew - for external use
    1. Pour a spoon of flowers and a spoon of leaves in 2 cups of boiling water.
    2. Infuse for 15 minutes.

    Use Lilac Brew for washing problematic skin: rosacea, eczema, inflammation, discolouration.
    It can be useful as mouthwash and vaginal irrigation.
    It’s good also as a poultice at ulcers, exudates, lichens, conjunctivitis, puffy eyes, shadows.

    Lilac Tincture - for rheumatism
    1. Mix lilac flowers and leaves together in 1/4 glass.
    2. Pour two glasses of vodka, leave for 14 days in a dark place, shake every day.
    3. After filtering, apply to painful joints and muscles and rub.

    Lilac Tincture helps with rheumatic pains, arthritis, neuralgia, dissemination, inflammations, colds.