Herb: Daisy


Latin name: Bellis perennis


Family: Compositae



Medicinal use of Daisy:

Daisies are a popular domestic remedy with a wide range of applications. They are a traditional wound herb and are also said to be especially useful in treating delicate and listless children. Recent research (1994) has been looking at the possibility of using the plant in HIV therapy. The herb is mildly anodyne, antispasmodic, antitussive, demulcent, digestive, emollient, expectorant, laxative, ophthalmic, purgative and tonic. The fresh or dried flowering heads are normally used. An infusion is used in the treatment of catarrh, rheumatism, arthritis, liver and kidney disorders, as a blood purifier etc. The daisy once had a great reputation as a cure for fresh wounds. An ointment made from the leaves is applied externally to wounds, bruises etc whilst a distilled water is used internally to treat inflammatory disorders of the liver. Chewing the fresh leaves is said to be a cure for mouth ulcers. Daisies also have a reputation for effectiveness in treating breast cancers. The flowers and leaves are normally used fresh in decoctions, ointments and poultices. A strong decoction of the roots has been recommended for the treatment of scorbutic complaints and eczema, though it needs to be taken for some time before its effect becomes obvious. A mild decoction may ease complaints of the respiratory tract, rheumatic pains and painful or heavy menstruation. The plant, harvested when in flower, is used as a homeopathic remedy. Its use is especially indicated in the treatment of bruising etc.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Evergreen
Perennial

Height:
15 cm
(6 inches)

Flovering:
January to
December

Habitat of the herb:

A common plant of meadows, lawns and other grassy areas, it is very frequently found growing in lawns.

Edible parts of Daisy:

Leaves - raw or cooked. The flavour is somewhat acrid. A pleasant sour flavour according to another report whilst a third says that they are mild and agreeable and are used in salads. The daisy is occasionally used as a potherb. Flower buds and petals - raw. Eaten in sandwiches, soups and salads.

Other uses of the herb:

An insect repellent spray can be made from an infusion of the leaves.

Propagation of Daisy:

Seed - sow as soon as the seed is ripe in June. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in late summer. Division after flowering. Very easy, it can be done at almost any time of the year, though spring and early summer are best. The divisions can be planted straight out into their permanent positions.

Cultivation of the herb:

A common plant of meadows, lawns and other grassy areas, it is very frequently found growing in lawns.

Known hazards of Bellis perennis:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.