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: Daisy
Also Known As: Oxeye Daisy
Organs/Systems: Sinuses, Blood, Bladder, Uterus, Skin
Key Actions: Tonic (similar to chamomile flowers). Flowers are balsamic. Digestive, Anti-inflammatory, Antitussive, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Nervine, Vulnerary.
Medicinal Uses: 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 Actions: Soothes the Lungs for Yin Deficiency Conditions, Treats False Heat, Heals Wounds, Dries Damp
Medicinal Uses: Asthma, coughs, excess sweating, night sweats, thirst, bruises, vaginal discharge, running eyes.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Unopened Flower Buds can be marinated and used similarly to capers. Mid-summer – Whole Herb, Flower, 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, the 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.
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Good for washing hair, scalp, and skin, as daisy protects against fungal infections.
The eastern United States grow daisy as fodder.
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