Daisy

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.

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Western

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.

Eastern

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.

Basic Habitat/Botany:

Considered by some to be a weed, it is only one of many Asteraceae family plants that is called “daisy.” Its leaves are dark green on both sides and petiolate, obovate to spoon-shaped, with upper leaves being shorter, sessile, and born along the stem. Blooms late spring to autumn. Its disk is yellow and its rays numerous and white.

Parts Most Frequently Used: Unopened Flower Buds can be marinated and used similarly to capers. Mid-summer – Whole Herb, Flower, Root.

Flavors: Bitter

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.”

Key Constituents:

Essential oils (including Chrysanthenone, Verbenone and Pyrethrins) and over 20 known Polyaccetylenes, Tannin, Saponins, Mucilage, Flavonoids.

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Said to destroy or drive away fleas.
Facts

Anti-fungal

Good for washing hair, scalp, and skin, as daisy protects against fungal infections.

Fun fact!

Fodder

The eastern United States grow daisy as fodder.

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