Bellis perennis, also known as English daisy, is an herbal remedy for the treatment of many illnesses. These include treatment for heavy menstrual periods, migraine or disabling headache, and catarrh—a condition characterized by excessive production of mucus due to the inflammation of the mucous membranes. Joint pains, arthritis or joint inflammation, liver disorders and kidney disorders may also be treated with an infusion made from the flower and leaf extracts of Bellis perennis.
The properties of Bellis perennis have been recorded in herbal literature and have been used as a herbal remedy since the 16th century. This plant is widely found in the meadows of northern, central and western parts of the European continent. There are many other related plants called daisy, but Bellis perennis is the one regarded as the most common species.
Chewing fresh leaves of Bellis perennis may also be helpful in treating mouth ulcers. Together with another herbal plant, Arnica montana, it is also utilized in homeopathic treatment of trauma and bruising. As a herbal remedy, it is believed to promote faster healing of wounds as well.
Scurvy or Vitamin C deficiency, and eczema, a skin condition characterized by swelling, itchiness and scaling of the skin are also commonly treated by using a strong extract made from Bellis perennis. A milder serum is also used as a remedy for some respiratory tract complaints, such as rhinitis. Fluids are generally extracted from plants by boiling its leaves, bark or roots.
Homeopathic practitioners do not usually recommend use of this herbal remedy in individuals with blood problems, such as those with predisposition to develop blood clots, and those with anemia. Individuals who are sensitive to other daisy plants may also experience respiratory allergies in response to the homeopathic remedy. An allergy is an immune system disorder usually characterized by runny rose, rashes, itchiness and breathing difficulty.
Use of Bellis perennis in pregnancy is strongly discouraged, as it may have adverse effects on the developing fetus leading to growth retardation. Lactating or breastfeeding mothers are also encouraged to avoid using the herbal remedy, as it may result in a stunted growth of the baby. It may be beneficial, however, for external use after a normal vaginal delivery. This is usually prepared by submerging crushed leaves in an abundant amount of warm water, and using it as a cleansing solution to relieve pain and swelling of the perineal wound, a wound found between the vaginal opening and the anus, normally acquired during delivery.