Bellis perennis, the daisy, is a common European species of the family Asteraceae. It’s a flower we all can recognise from our childhood days of making chains and crowns. This makes it a perfect beginner foraging item whilst you’re growing your confidence. The common English daisy has been recorded being used successfully in herbal medicine in the 15th century treating colds, coughs and pleurisy. The old wives would dip a hanky in a daisy potion and waft their sneezes away, it’s the same premise as eating honey from local bees. This recipe will fill your home with that potential magic.
- 2 cups of daisies (I’ve used ox eye daisies and English daisies)
- 300ml of sunflower oil
- Essential oils
Using the same process as decarboxylation Add the daisies to the nebular boost and turn it on for 1 hours at 200f Add the carrier oil and infuse for 2 hours at 230f oils. When the machine has finished add essential oils of your choice and leave to cool before pouring into in a bottle or a jar with a lid.
If you don’t have a Nebula Boost to infuse the oil you need to dry the daisies before soaking them in the carrier oil for a week.
You can use other carrier oils like sweet almond oil, grapeseed and apricot kernel. I chose sunflower oil as its readily available to most people. Its good to think about complimentary essential oils when deciding what else to add, here are a few I would use-
- Eucalyptus – often used for reducing inflammation and easing breathing
- Rosemary – having mucolytic properties, this reportedly helps with congestion
- Lavender – soothing and can reduce irritation and relax you and your breathing
- Lemon – this oil is used in herbal medicine as an anti-inflammatory for the respiratory system, it is also antibacterial
- Chamomile – Part of the daisy family, this oil is an anti-inflammatory relaxant which soothes and builds your pollen reaction.
- Peppermint – this essential oil is used to ease breathing and congestion and also relieves headaches resulting from sinus issues.
- Tea Tree – a natural choice for anti-allergy and building immunity.