Do you also have such fond childhood memories of daisies? I'm always amazed at how quickly these undemanding flowers grow back in our meadow. Children love to collect them and weave flower wreaths, but do you know what healing power lies in these little flowers?
The tannins and minerals contained in them can be used internally and externally to treat minor injuries as well as rashes and skin impurities. As a wound and healing agent it is in no way inferior to arnica and calendula.
1. The fun comes first, collecting the flower heads, two handfuls are enough.
2. Leave in the shade for a while, so that small bugs and crawlies can still escape.
3. Put in a jar and pour enough oil to cover all the plants.
4. Place the jar in a water bath and heat carefully. The active ingredients are extracted particularly well at a temperature of around 40 °C. Leave to infuse for about 120 minutes (approx. level 4)
Remove from the heat and leave to infuse for 3 days at room temperature.
Strain the flowers through a filter and fill the oil into amber glass bottles.
The gentler variant is a cold extract.
For this, the daisies should be soaked in oil and then left in a warm but shady place for 3-4 weeks and shaken once a day.
Make sure that all the flowers are always covered with oil so that mould does not form. It's best to use an apothecary jar or a jar with a lid. Jam jars are not suitable because the lids contain softeners that could come off when shaken.
Choice of oil and shelf life:
You can use the original expiry date on the bottle as a guide. Sunflower oil is easily available and inexpensive, but has a rather short shelf life. I like to use an unperfumed and skin nourishing organic aloe vera oil from Primavera.
You can use these steeped oils, as an oil extract alone or you can also intensify the wound-healing, disinfecting and pain-relieving effect, by adding essential oils.
Immortelle: extremely effective for bruises, wound healing
Lemongrass: refreshing, antiviral, activates in case of tiredness
Lavendel: disinfecting, ideal for mosquito bites and burns
Tea Tree: for infected skin, apply daily
Add 20 drops of essential oil to 100 ml of daisy oil and stir everything well.
Use for Babies:
The daisy oil helps wonderfully with nappy rash because the tannins in the oil reduce the susceptibility to bacteria and fungus. Clean your baby's bottom with fresh water and wipe it with a warm flannel moistened with the oil.
Use in Pregnancy:
Daisy oil can be used without hesitation during pregnancy. It helps to keep the skin soft and prevent stretch marks due to the tannins in the oil.
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The wonderful base oil can also be used to make a wound-healing balm. The recipe for this will follow soon.
I hope you enjoy collecting and marvelling at the treasures of nature that are waiting for us for free at every corner!
Ursula & lovely helper Matilda