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Daisy

© David L. Hoffmann BSc (Hons), MNIMH

Bellis perennis

Compositae

Collection:The flowers may be picked between March and October.

Part Used: Fresh or dried flower heads.

Constituents:

  • Saponins
  • Tannin
  • Essential oil
  • Flavones
  • Bitter principle
  • Mucilage.
Actions: Expectorant, astringent.

Indications: Daisy, one of Britains most common plants, is useful for coughs and catarrh, and for all conditions that manifest in these forms, Daisy may be used freely and safely. It has a reputation of value in arthritis and rheumatism as well as in liver and kidney problems. Due to its astringency itis also useful for diarrhoea.

Combinations: For respiratory catarrh it may be used with Golden Rodor Coltsfoot.

Preparations & Dosage: Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto 1 teaspoonful of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10 minutes. This should be drunk three or four times a day.

Tincture; take 2-4 ml of the tincture three times a day.

About The Author
Whilst working in conservation and lecturing in ecology and the eco-crisis for the University of Wales, David Hoffman became convinced that to heal the world, to embrace planetary......more
 
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