OX-EYE DAISY AS A HEALING HERB
[**The following is an excerpt from Medicinal Plants of the Western Mountain States by C. W. Kane**]
Sesquiterpenes: nerolidol, a-bisabolol, farnesol, farnesene; polyacetylenes; flavonoids.
…Ox-Eye Dausy is a mild remedy, and can be thought of as an amalgam of Chamomile, Garden Chrysanthemum, and Feverfew. It’s old time use, as a warning fever tonic, has wide application, especially in children. Drink the tea when a fever’s peak has passed, yet perspiration is still excessive… Moost find Ox-Eye Daisy to be mildly sedative, like chamomile, making it a nice fit for fever-related mental agitation.
The lungs are another area under Ox-Eye Daisy’s influence. Inflamed bronchial tissue with excessive secretion, be it related to asthma or bronchitis, is quieted. It is also well used as a sitz bath (and internal tea_) for vaginitis, characterized by discharge and inflammation…
Topically, a general wash is cleansing, mildly antibacterial, and arresting to excessive secretion. Use it frequently on abscesses (after coming to a head/lanced), ulcers, bedsores, and other similar cutaneous problems.
Indications [for use]
– Fever, post-spike, excessive perspiration
– Bronchial inflammation, with excessive secretion
– Vaginitis, mild (external)
– Ulcerations and related cutaneous conditions (external)
A number of other Leucanthemum/Chrysanthemum (i.e. ….Dalmatian Daisy) contain pyrethrins, a group of naturally occurring compounds with well-documented insecticidal properties. These compounds also tend to be mild to moderately toxic when ingested in sufficient quantities. There are no consistent reports of Ox-Eye Daisy containing these compounds, at least in greater than trace amounts.