Bellis perennis or common daisy, also known as garden daisy, bruisewort, and English daisy, is a flowering plant native to western Asia and Europe, but now naturalized in many parts of the globe. It belongs to the aster family, can grow up to 7 inches in height and thrives in moist and nutritious soils. Daisy flowers have both male and female organs but rely on bees to pollinate them. They flower in May up to November and feature a yellow head surrounded by white petals.
[Note: The Right Flowers is not a medical site. Knowledge of and information about the therapeutic benefits and applications of flowers, while known through the ages, does not constitute medical advice. If you are having health issues, you should consult with a physician.]
Daisies are common, simple and beautiful but pack a heavy punch. These innocent-looking flowers have been used for centuries as herbal medicine to cure a wide variety of ailments. At one time, daisy was so popular that it was the herbal medicine of choice for people suffering from pains, aches, and strains.
For years, herbalist applied daisy poultices to fresh wounds and scrapes to accelerate their healing. It was also used to stanch bleeding on superficial wounds, chewed to soothe mouth sores and applied to treat skin lesions. In 2012, research confirmed what ancient wisdom had always held: that common daisy had wound healing properties.
Daisy flowers contain mucous substances, organic acids, tannins, essential oils, flavonoids, inulin, and resins. These are the compounds that give this simple plant extraordinary herbal powers.
The Right Flowers in Your Inbox!
Sign up for our free notifications of new articles!
Anti-inflammatory and astringent
Daisy has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. Its extracts are used as infusions to manage bronchitis, common cold and other conditions that affect the upper respiratory system. The infusions are also ideal for managing urinary tract inflammations while topical applications calm gout, dermatitis, and chronic rheumatic complaints.
Garden daisy is commonly used for loss of appetite as it has a stimulating effect on the digestive system. The herb is also good for treating many digestive tract ailments such as diarrhea, gastritis, gallbladder and constipation problems.
In 2014, a study was commissioned to investigate the effects of a common daisy on tumors. The study, carried out on potato tissue, which is the standard way of testing substances, showed that common daisy extracts held a lot of potential in decreasing tumor growth and development.
While this study was not a conclusive way of suggesting that daisy extracts can prevent cancer growth in human, it showed that the plant held a lot of potential for managing cancer. However, more research needs to be conducted in this area before any substantive conclusions can be made.
Surprised by what you have been reading? Probably yes, especially if you always thought that garden daisies are common and simple flowers with nothing else to offer except their beauty. Now you know that common daisy flower herbal remedies were here long before you came around and will probably be here long after.