Oxeye Daisy (Chu Ju)
Botanical Name: Chrysanthemum leucanthemum vulgare
“Daisy, daisy, give me your promise true! I’m half crazy all for the love of you!” These traditional song lyrics describe the wonderful qualities of this edible, medicinal flower that grows easily in most conditions.
Below is an overview of daisy, combining and interpreting the best of Western science, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), shamanism, folklore and more. Gain a balanced and thorough understanding of the healing properties of daisy.
Western Name: Oxeye Daisy
Also Known As: Daisy
Organs/Systems: Sinuses, Blood, Bladder, Uterus, Skin
Key Western Actions & Medicinal Uses: Tonic (similar to chamomile flowers). Flowers are balsamic. Digestive, Anti-inflammatory, Antitussive, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Nervine, Vulnerary. Treats chronic coughs, mouth ulcers, night sweats. Externally used to heal wounds, bruises, ulcers and cutaneous skin disorders; assists sinus conditions, internally decreases secretions, externally disinfects. Good for asthma. Tea makes a good, medicinal douche: leucorrhoea.
Pin Yin: Chu Ju
Also Known As: N/A
Meridians: Lung, Kidney, Bladder
Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Sooth Lungs for Yin Deficiency conditions: asthma, coughs, excess sweating. Treats False Heat: night sweats, thirst. Heals Wounds and Bruises. Dry Damp: vaginal discharge, running eyes.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Unopened Flower Buds: can be marinated and used similarly to capers; Mid-summer: Whole Herb, Flowers, Root
Caution: Some folks suffer allergic response due to physical contact with the plant.
History/Folklore: From the ancient Greek:”leucanthemum” meaning: “white” and “flower”. Used as an oracle by Gretchen in Goethe’s Faust (“he loves me, he loves me not”) and by pregnant women (“boy, girl, boy, girl”) for determining the sex of a newborn child. Girls sometimes put daisies under a pillow to have dreams of a future husband. Ancients dedicated the daisy to Artemis, goddess of women, considering it useful in treating female ailments. Nicholas Culpper (1653) said, “The leaves bruised and applied to the privies, or to any other parts that are swollen and hot, doth dissolve with it, and temper the heat.”
Essential oils (including chrysanthenone, verbenone and pyrethrins) and over 20 known polyaccetylenes, tannin, saponins, mucilage, flavonoids.
No More Fleas
Said to destroy or drive away fleas.
Good to wash hair, scalp, and skin, as daisy protects against fungal infections.
The eastern states grow daisy as fodder.
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