posted on Apr, 12 2012 @ 05:31 PM
Uses: Enhance the activity of the immune system, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, an antiviral, and antioxidant. To treat urinary tract infections,
vaginal yeast infections, Colds and flu, skin infections such as acne and boils, ear infections, athlete’s foot, sinusitis, hay fever, as well as
slow-healing wounds. As a mouthwash for sore throats, tonsillitis, mouth ulcers and gum infections.
Identification: Described as “daisy-like.” Bloom colour ranges from deep reddish-purple to white. Petals are numerous, narrow and droop downward
from a spiny cone located in the center of the flower. Flowers appear from early to late summer. The leaves which are covered in short prickly hairs
and will feel like sandpaper. They are staggered along the plant stem rather than positioned across from each other. Leaf shape varies from oblong to
lance-shaped. You will find large leaves at the bottom. Stems like their leaves, feel rough to the touch. The top 6 to 10 inches is usually leafless.
Grows 2 to 5 feet tall.
Harvesting: Roots are harvested in the fall when the tops have gone to seed and the plants have experienced a couple of hard frosts. Tops are
harvested just as the flowers start to open.
Infusion: dried-1 teaspoon per cup fresh-2 teaspoons per cup
Tincture: 1 – 3 mL of standardized tincture extract (20 – 90 drops)
Mouthwash: Dilute a few drops of tincture in water to make mouthwash.
Warnings: It should not be used for more than 20 days. Do not use in children under 13. Do not use if you are allergic to daisies or anything in
the aster family.