After a large number of recipes, it is about time to explore the wonders of nature again.
When we walk through our garden, we are always very pleased to see what Mother Nature holds for us.
Every day we take a bowl and collect a wide variety of wild greens, which we usually enjoy for dinner.
Especially our smallest son has a lot of fun to eat them right from the meadow.
But his favorite wild greens are daisies.
And we can well understand him. We already loved the pretty flowers when we were little.
We used to sit in the grass to thread daisy chains or garlands to wear as a headdress or played games like "He loves me, loves me not".
Daisies can be found on almost every meadow, they are edible and loaded with a treasure of health benefits.
An old saying goes ....
The first daisy in spring shall be eaten for good luck .....
Now the question arises, which was the first one, for they almost grow the whole year.
This year we could pick the first ones in March already.
In mild winters you can sometimes find them until November.
Reason enough to take a closer look at these small decorative and healthy flowers.
You can use daisies for a lot of purposes.
Unfortunately the knowledge has fallen somewhat in oblivion.
Nevertheless, that's why we would like to recall some of the benefits today.
Daisies can be used as a herbal medicine.
Processing the little flowers into tea is known as a remedy for cold symptoms such as bronchitis, coughs, sore throat and sinusitis.
To prepare a tea take a handful of blossoms and cover them with hot, but not boiling water and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
Then pour through a sieve and enjoy.
In addition, you can dry the leaves and blossoms for the winter tea.
Each year we pick the fresh flowers and air-dry them.
We love to gather a lot of different herbs, flowers and leaves to stock up our supplies for the winter.
So we always have a delicious tea throughout the year.
And honestly, isn't it much better to collect your own tea herbs to know exactly what's inside?
They also bring some culinary delights into your kitchen.
Daisy blossoms look especially pretty on a soup, they bring life into each salad bowl and look beautiful on a cake or a slice of bread.
The leaves can be tossed in salads to add some extra vitamin C.
If you have a lot of time to collect a whole bowl of leaves, you can juice them.
For a spring "tune-up" take a daily teaspoon of it for up to three weeks.
Or how about processing the leaves into a tasty pesto or simply enjoy them in a green smoothie?
You can process the closed flower buds into capers.
Take a small 200ml glass and fill it up with the daisy flower buds.
Then you heat 200ml vinegar with a pinch of salt (Himalayan salt or sea salt) and pour it into the glass.
After 14 days, you can eat the capers just from the jar or add them to pasta or other dishes.
By rubbing the leaves in your hand, you can use the juice as an anti-pruritic to put on insect bites or stitches.
It also has an anti-inflammatory effect.
Therefore, you can also use it as a treatment of impure skin, wounds and acne.
If you want to make a tincture, fill a glass with some daisies, pour alcohol on top and wait for at least 4 weeks.
Then filter the tincture and store it in a dark pharmaceutical glass.
Fill ten drops in a little glass, add some water and drink this up to three times daily.
Daisies contain concentrated ingredients.
Their saponins help against spring fatigue, they lower the cholesterol, strengthen the immune system, clean the colon and dissolve mucus from the airways.
They also contain vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, essential oils, bitter substances and flavonoids.
Who needs expensive supplements when nature offers us such rich substances?
If you don't dig out the whole flowers and only pick the leaves and blossoms, the plant will grow again and again.
I guess we will not run out of daisies in our garden :).
A little side note .... If you want to collect daisies or wild greens, you should only search for spots with no traffic and where you can be sure that the fields are not fertilized.
We hope you enjoy nature as much as we do and that we could inspire you a little to go outside and gather your own fresh wild herbs.
In one of the next articles you will find out which other wild herbs we like to use.
Until then, we wish you a beautiful spring week and make it a daisy day :)!
What is your favorite use of daisies?
We are happy to read from you in the comments below.