Simple, unique and healing Daisy flowers
Flowers often have taken for granted
It is small, unattractive and simple.
Flowers are usually used for children’s game „He loves me – he loves me not“, but Daisy is much, much more.
Most common is the European species Bellis perennis, where Bellis stands for beautiful, and perennials for perennial or everlasting.
Daisy carries a nickname around from medieval days – day’s eye because flowers open by day, and close by night.
In Europe Daisy blooms from April to October, they have a long period of flowering and can even flower in winter.
Daisy leaves can grow from 3/4 to 2 inches (approx. 2–5 cm) and grow flat to the ground.
They are invaders and habitually colonize lawns.
The flowerheads are consisting of many sessile flowers about 3/4 to 1-1/4 in (approx. 2–3 cm) in diameter, with white ray florets (often tipped red) and yellow disc florets.
It has no known serious insect or disease problems and can generally be grown in most well-drained soils.
The plant may be propagated either by seed after the last frost or by division after flowering.
Daisy has been present in folk medicine forever and known for purifying the body, treating exhaustion and blood diseases.
In the Nordic mythology, it is dedicated to the goddess of spring Ostari. According to Christian tradition, Daisy flowers sprang from Mary’s tears she spilled while running for Egypt.
In ancient Rome, the surgeons who accompanied Roman legions into battle had their slaves picking daisies. They would extract the juice and soak bandages in it. This was put on to sword and spear cuts.
On the menu
The flowers alone, are often used as a decoration to meals. Fresh and young Daisy leaves are eaten as a salad, or added to stews, soups or vegetable meals.
They can contain 20 – 40mg % vitamin C and around 4 mg % carotene.
Daisy buds are marinated in vinegar and salt and served instead of capers.
Daisy extract is used to treat skin discoloration. This plant suppresses the formation of melanin and equates skin color at pigmentation disorders.
It rejuvenates skin cells, enlightens melanin in the epidermis and deeply hydrates the skin.
Daisy tea is used to treat bronchitis and chest pain, bowel and stomach inflammation, and liver and kidney disease.
It also helps with irregular menstruation, relieves pain and cramps, rheumatism, gout and arthritis. For internal bleeding, it is combined with walnut leaves.
Scientists also acknowledge that Daisy flowers are a valuable natural remedy and are recommended in the form of tea or fresh juice to aid HIV and breast cancer.