OXEYE DAISY


                                                                                            Leucanthemum vulgare

It has much of the same properties of Chamomile.

Ox-eye daisy is used for the common cold, fever, sore mouth & throat, liver & gallbladder complaints, loss of appetite, muscle spasms, fluid retention & tendency toward infection.

It is also used as a tonic.

Some people apply ox-eye daisy directly to the skin for pain & swelling, wounds & burns.

The whole plant &especially the flowers, has medicinal properties that are antispasmodic, sweat- & urination-inducing.

The whole plant is used in many ways including tonics to ease the effects of whooping cough, night sweats, asthma & nervous conditions.

The herb can be also taken as a cure of jaundice.

Externally Ox-eye Daisy can be used to treat ulcers, bruises, cuts & conjunctivitis, although it can be an irritant to the skin.

The flowers are balsamic & make a medicinal infusion for relieving chronic coughs & for bronchial problems.

Also for mouth & vocal cord swelling, loss of appetite, reducing spasms,diuretic & skin swelling.

A distilled water made from the flowers is an effective eye lotion in the treatment of conjunctivitis.

PRECAUTIONS:

Ox-eye daisy may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies & many others.

RECIPES:

Tea:

To 1 tsp dried, crushed flowers add 1 cup boiling water, steep for 10 min, strain & sweeten to taste.

BEAUTY:

A decoction of the dried flowers & stems has been used as a wash for chapped hands.

MAGIC:


There is an old tradition connecting it with the Thunder God & hence it is sometimes spoken of as the 'Dun Daisy.'

The ancients dedicated it to Artemis, the goddess of women, considering it useful in women's complaints.

Oxeye daisy, a midsummer flower known a marguerite, was used as an oracle.

"He loves me, he loves me not" & for those who are pregnant as "Boy, girl, boy girl" as they pluck the flowers.

Girls would put the flower under their pillows to see dreams of their future husbands.