Daisy: symbolizes ‘childhood, innocence and purity’

 

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Daisies can be used for sprains, bruises, aches and pains. Daisies are anti-inflammatory, a wound-healer, and reduce pain.  An effective application for healing wounds and serving as compresses, encourage exceptional repair in skin tissue. Their  extract provides antiseptic properties that can remove bacteria from the surface of the skin, keeping it healthy.  They were once used to treat grey hair and return it to its original colour.

Oil made with the flower can be used to brighten skin and prevent hyperpigmentation.  It  has organic acids that are valuable for lightening and exfoliating properties.  It is an effective, powerful alternative to Hydroquinone and Kojic Acid.  It is safe for most sensitive skin types, including pregnant women.

Pic courtesy of Renee Lindstrom26,000 seeds per plant

Associated with:  Solar Plexus and Sacral  Chakra’s

 


Oil of Daisy

Ingredients:

  • Daisies
  • Olive Oil
  • Jar
  • Love & Patience
  1.  Gather Daisy flower tops – to fill your jar
  2.  Rinse lightly or sit out to let critters escape
  3. Cover with olive oil  plus some as flowers will absorb oil and you want to make sure they stay covered!
  4. Put in cool place to infuse for up to 6 weeks.
  5. Turn jar each day.
  6. After infused, filter oil with strainer and cheese cloth.
  7. Re-bottle oil.

Use oil as is for first aid or massage, or as an ingredient for salves!


Oil of Daisy Salve

Making an oil based salve with daisies requires two steps if you are using what’s in your own backyard!

  1. Make a daisy infused oil.
  2. Once oil is infused, turn it into a salve.

Salve ingredients:

  • 4 parts Daisy oil to
  • 1 part Beeswax
  • Any other infused oils or essential oils you may wish to add to your recipe.

Equipment:

  • Double Boiler
  • Wooden/Plastic Spoon

Remember if you are adding other infused oils, adjust 4 to 1 combination of the daisy oil.

If you are adding essential oil – add 10 drops after oil and wax is combined,  just before you are read to pour.

  1.  Gently melt beeswax while combining the oil.
  2.  Stir until completely melted.
  3.  Pour into clean pots, and let them cool.
  4.  Once cool, cover tightly.

Good for a year or more

Remember when making salve you can check the consistency of finished product.  Pour small amount and put into the freezer.  After 2 mins take out and see if it is the desired soft/hardness.  to increase softness add more oil, to increase hardness add more beeswax!


Read more on the Language of Daisies


Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.


 

5 Fun & easy steps to create your own Tinctures

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Mullein, Feverfew & Gumweek Tinctures

Mullein, Feverfew & Gumweed Tinctures

Foraging for Gumweed and Feverfew along the Pacific Coast of Vancouver Island and picking Mullein from my garden has become a favorite activity.  Picking the flowers, leaves and digging the roots to make remedies is a creative passion!  It is also a way to connect with the live ingredients that go into the healing remedies I will have on hand to take for acute and preventive care.  I believe that handling the plants that one will take as a tincture will increase the benefits of it.  One immediate benefit is the cost.  It is cheaper to make tinctures than it is to buy them.  For more on plants foraged from one’s backyard and along  the Pacific Northwest visit Inventory of a Backyard Forager.

A tincture is a remedy that has integrated the healing properties of fresh plants preserving and concentrating these qualities in liquid form.  I believe, tinctures can be effective and that energetically they are more in alignment with our own bodies electrical system.

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Materials:

  • Sterilized Mason or recycled jars & lids (any size)
  • Sterilized 1 oz. or 1/2 oz.  bottles & lids or droppers
  • Plant material; leaves, flowers or roots
  • Vodka (80% higher alcohol content) or apple cider vinegar
  • Cheesecloth or filters

I  personally do not combine flowers or leaves with the roots in tinctures or combine plants.  I purchase Vodka with a highest grade of alcohol content (80 and above) or use apple cider vinegar to pour over the plant material in the mason jar.


Steps for Creating Tinctures

Step #1 – Picking Fresh Ingredients

In making my tinctures, I use fresh ingredients making this a seasonal activity.  I pick the flowers and leaves throughout the growing season.  Occasionally I dig the roots ensuring  it doesn’t negatively affect the patch that is growing by leaving a greater amount growing than I take.  Read more backyard garden plant ideas.  Dry plant materials can be used as well.  Here are a few popular plants:


Step #2  – Process

Use sterilized dry Mason jars and fill them 3/4’s full with the  fresh flowers, leaves, or roots individually or  a combination of leaves and flowers.  Remember the size of jar will determine the amount of material and liquid needed.

Pour enough liquid to cover the plant material and  fill the jar remembering it reduces the amount of oxygen in the jar.  This is important to stop the material from molding.  To begin with the plant material expands while it absorbs the liquid before it shrinks.

Step #3 – Setting

Some suggest letting this sit for 5 to 6 weeks in a sunny window before filtering and decanting.  Jostle the jars each day to provide some liquid movement through the plant materials.

I have set it mine in a sunny window and one that gets the early morning sun and not the bright full day sun.  I prefer to set it in the early morning sun.

Step #4 – Filtering 

Use cheesecloth and/or a coffee filter to strain the plant material and pour the liquid into a sterilized mason jar and/or  1 oz and 1/2 oz bottles with droppers.  On occasion you may have to strain more than once to remove any  fine dust like material.

Step #5 – Storing

Store the alcohol based tincture in a cool cupboard and the apple cider vinegar in the fridge.  The alcohol based tincture can be kept and used for a few years.  The apple cider vinegar  has a shorter life of 3 to 6 months.


Usage 

Adults – 5 to 10 drops or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon – 3 times a day

Children – 1/2 the adult dosage

*Alcohol tinctures can be added to hot water to evaporate the alcohol before drinking

 

 


Recommended Reading:

The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook – A Home Manual by Author
James Green

The Modern Herbal Dispensatory: A Medicine-Making Guide by North Atlantic Books, 2016, by Thomas Easley (Author), Steven Horne (Author)

 


Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.