Daisy Benefits for Skin, Heart, Cancer, Lungs and Joints
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“He/she loves me, he/she loves me not …” many of us have picked at least one daisy. This flower is also known as lawn daisy, common daisy or English daisy. But no matter how small this flower is – daisy benefits are amazing.
This lovely little flower grows everywhere and now is its season. Its value as a medicinal plant has largely been overlooked and most modern herbalists do not use it. But daisy benefits were highly valued by our ancestors.
Lately, as awareness of the advantages of wild food foraging and sustainable living increases, it is having somewhat of a renaissance. Its fresh green leaves along with other wild foods such as sorrel and dandelion leaves can be eaten in salads. Once they were popular cooked as a vegetable and served with meat. Daisy flowers can also be eaten in stews, soups, even sandwiches and make great decorative additions to almost any dish. Their flavor is mild, slightly sour.
If we look for daisy benefits then it is worth looking into its pharmacological constituents. It contains flavonoids (3 flavonoid aglycones, apigenin, quercetin, kaempferol, and 2 flavone glycosides of apigenin), triterpenoic saponins, acetic, malic, and oxalic acid, mucilage, wax, resins, inulin, tannins and essential oils (1). A glycosidase inhibitor found in the leaves may have an antiviral action against HIV.