Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Culpeper's Daisy plants 

Out on a little safari today and saw some Ox-Eye daisies Leucanthemum vulgare "Moon Daisies" as we used to call them years ago. AKA Marguerite or Dog Daisy. 

There appeared to be only one root and it made me wonder if they were a garden escape

Of them Culpeper the ancient herbalist had nothing but praise.

Government and virtues.]

The herb is under the sign Cancer, and under the dominion of Venus, and therefore excellently good for wounds in the breast, and very fitting to be kept both in oils, ointments, and plaisters, as also in syrup. The greater wild Daisy is a wound herb of good respect, often used in those drinks or salves that are for wounds, either inward or outward. The juice or distilled water of these, or the small Daisy, doth much temper the heat of choler, and refresh the liver, and the other inward parts. A decoction made of them and drank, helps to cure the wounds made in the hollowness of the breast. The same also cures all ulcers and pustules in the mouth or tongue, or in the secret parts. The leaves bruised and applied to the privities, or to any other parts that areswollen and hot, doth dissolve it, and temper the heat. A decoction made thereof, of Wallwort and Agrimony, and the places fomented and bathed therewith warm, gives great ease to them that are troubled with the palsy, sciatica, or tJie gout. The same also disperses and dissolves the knots or kernels that grow in the flesh of any part of the body, and bruises and hurts that come of falls and blows; they are also used for ruptures, and other inward burnings, with very good success. An ointment made thereof doth wonderfully help all wounds that have inflammations about them, or by reason or moist humours having access unto them, are kept long from healing, and such are those, for the most part, that happen to joints of the arms or legs. The juitfe of them dropped into the running eyes of any, doth much help them.

I must remember to keep my eyes open up there to see if I can gather a few seeds.

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