Daisies aren’t as rich in uses as dandelions but shouldn’t be ignored. The daisy family of plants includes many healing herbs such as chamomile and feverfew.
The common daisy has been the subject of many myths and legends over the centuries and has been part of the landscape for as long as records can be traced.
In the 14th century, with daisies as the main ingredient, an ointment was used to cure wounds, and the daisy was considered to be a cure for all aches and pains for many years.
In Medieval times it was thought that seeping daisies in wine and drinking for 21 days would cure liver problems – this seems a little counter-productive now, but you never know!
Daisy leaves are edible and have been grown as a pot herb, but the sap inside the leaf is very bitter and is not widely eaten these days.
A tisane made from daisy flowers, drunk regularly, is said to help cure:
The flower essence may also be valuable in treating symptoms of shock and calming the nervous system. A few daisies infused with your favourite herbal tea can calm the system and encourage a good night’s sleep.
Daisies symbolize innocence, gentleness and purity and have been adored by children for pretty much always.
Leave them to grow in the lawn and make daisy chains this summer 🙂
P.S. Please don’t self-medicate unless you check with your GP first or you really know what you’re doing! This post isn’t a medical cure, but simply an overview of a pretty flower and it’s history.
P.P.S. If your lawn has been stripped of daisies or they weren’t there in the first place, grab some seeds! I found these on Amazon (UK)
Bellis Perennis, Daisy, 0.25g Approx 1875 Seeds, untreated
“The daisy is commonly found growing in many lawns. It is a good plant for the spring meadow.
Flower buds and petals can be eaten in sandwiches, soups and salads.
The plants have a very long flowering season, they will even produce a few flowers in the middle of mild winters.”