Grow in the garden for protection of the home.
White is the best color of flower for this, but any color will do.
Also Called: Mum
The flower heads are drunk as a refreshing tisane and are used to improve vision, soothe sore eyes, relieve headaches, counter infections etc.
They are antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, carminative, depurative, diaphoretic, febrifuge, ophthalmic, refrigerant and sedative.
Taken internally they dilate the coronary artery, thus increasing the flow of blood to the heart, and so are used in the treatment of hypertension, coronary heart diseases and angina.
The leaf juice is smeared onto wounds.
The whole plant is antiphlogistic, blood tonic, depurative, febrifuge and vulnerary.
In conjunction with black pepper it is used in the treatment of gonorrhoea.
The leaves are depurative. They are used in China in the treatment of migraine.
The flowers are aperient, bitter, hypotensive, stomachic and vasodilator.
They have an antibacterial action, inhibiting the growth of Staphylococcus, E. coli, streptococcus, C. diphtheriae, Bacillus dysenteriae.
The flowers are used in the treatment of furuncle, scrofula, deep-rooted boils, inflammation of the throat, eyes and cervix, eczema, itchiness of the skin and hypertension.
An essential oil obtained from the plant contains chrysanthenone, this is active on the brain centre affected by Parkinson’s disease.