Common name: Common Daisy
Latin name: Bellis perennis
Other names: English Daisy, Lawn Daisy
Habitat: Common Daisy is native to central, northern and Western Europe.
Description: Common Daisy is a herbaceous, perennial plant, growing up to 15 centimeters high. It has creeping rhizomes and a basal rosette of rounded or egg-shaped, light-green leaves. Daisy has a composite flower. Flowerheads are produced on leafless stalks, with white ray florets and yellow disc florets. Daisy is in flower from the beginning of spring until late autumn.
Parts used: Flowers, leaves, root
Useful components: Essential oil, flavones, mucilage, saponins, tannins.
Medicinal use: Common Daisy is considered to have astringent, demulcent, expectorant, digestive, emollient and tonic properties. Used internally, Daisy can be an effective herbal remedy against cold, cough and digestive complaints. In form of an infusion, Common Daisy is beneficial in cases of arthritis, catarrh, hepatic and renal disorders, diarrhea and rheumatism. Its external use, as a poultice or addition to bath, can help in cases of wound healing, rashes, wounds and skin inflammations.
Safety: Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using the plant. Some herbs could react with certain medication. Therefore it is advisable to contact your doctor/herbalist before consumption of any herb.