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PostSubject: Daisy's and Vitamin C!   Fri May 06, 2011 7:18 pm

I didnt know this until recently, but the ubiquitous and pleasent to look at daisy contains 30mg of vitamin Cper 100g which is almost the same concentration as in lemons. The buds can pickled in vinegar and it is better to cook the leaves.

So.if there is ever an orange and lemon drought you can always get your vit C from a field of daisys!
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PostSubject: Re: Daisy's and Vitamin C!   Thu May 19, 2011 12:38 am

Whoah! Slow down! Let's be careful with common names of plants so we don't confuse anyone!

I understand that the “English Daisy” is the Bellis Perennis, but to most Americans (and maybe others), a “daisy” (Leucanthemum vulgare or “oxeyed daisy) is something else, although it is in the Aster family and they do look similar, kinda. LOL

So.... Bellis perennis:

In early spring, the young leafy plant can be harvested and eaten raw or cooked. The flowers can be added to spring salads, as well.

Bellis perennis, also known as English daisy, has been used as a popular domestic herbal remedy with a wide range of applications. The properties of Bellis perennis have been recorded in botanical literature since the before the 16th century. In fact, in ancient Rome, the surgeons who accompanied Roman legions into battle would order their slaves to gather large rations of daisies in order to extract their juice in which bandages were soaked to be used to aply to sword and spear wounds.

Remedies include treatment for heavy menses, migraine headache, and catarrh (a condition characterized by excessive production of mucus due to the inflammation of the mucous membranes), arthritis or joint inflammation. Flower and leaf extract may also be used to treat liver and kidney disorders.

The herb is mild analgesic, antispasmodic, antitussive, demulcent, digestive, emollient, expectorant, laxative, purgative and tonic. Chewing the fresh leaves is said to be a cure for mouth ulcers, A strong decoction of the roots has been recommended for the treatment of scorbutic complaints (Scurvy or Vitamin C deficiency) and eczema, though prolonged use is necessary for its effect to become obvious. A mild decoction may ease complaints of the respiratory tract, rheumatic pains and painful or heavy menstruation. Its use is especially indicated in the treatment of bruising.

Other Uses: An insect repellent spray can be made from an infusion of the leaves.

Definately something to have around in the yard....



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PostSubject: Re: Daisy's and Vitamin C!   Thu May 19, 2011 12:49 am

yep. there is a the name of the daisy type in the sub title of the thread so we know what daisy we are talking about.
Might be good if we use that subtitle space to put all the latin names for each plant when we start a thread on it
Didnt know the Americans know the daisy as the larger oxeyed daisy.
Is it useful for anything????
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PostSubject: Dont use during Pregnancy   Thu May 19, 2011 1:26 am

Ive read Bellis Perennis should not be used during pregnancy

Use of Bellis perennis in pregnancy is strongly discouraged, as it may have adverse effects on the developing fetus leading to growth retardation. Lactating or breastfeeding mothers are also encouraged to avoid using the herbal remedy, as it may result in a stunted growth of the baby. It may be beneficial, however, for external use after a normal vaginal delivery. This is usually prepared by submerging crushed leaves in an abundant amount of warm water, and using it as a cleansing solution to relieve pain and swelling of the perineal wound, a wound found between the vaginal opening and the anus, normally acquired during delivery.

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http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-bellis-perennis.htm
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