Nothing says nature wild crafting like a daisy chain! I haven’t made one since I was a kid. I had to pull a bunch of daisies because they were crowding out a rose-bush that was about to bloom.
DIY Daisy Chain:
Pick some daisies and strip the leaves.
Hold the flower head and run your fingertips down the stem to easily and quickly remove them, leaving only the flower on the stem.
To start making the chain, make a little slit with your thumbnail, about half an inch long in the middle of the stem.
Thread another daisy stem through the hole where you want the flowers, crowded or spaced out. I started braiding the stems for stability in between threading the stems.
To end the daisy chain, pull the petals from one daisy (like the game he-loves-me, he-loves-me-not ;) and use the yellow centre like a button. Use the yellow center to finish it, weave, and cut the loose ends.
I floated mine in a bowl of water to keep it fresh, because a cloud burst of rain came before I could take a picture. It also got rid of bugs, and I let it drip dry before I took a picture.
This is my daisy chain crown:) Make the chain long or short, into bracelets, necklaces or whatever your heart desires.
This wildflower is also good medicinal food. Eat the leaves as a raw salad green, it tastes good. I prefer the young leaves before they flower. Fresh Daisy herb also makes a good tea, tincture, and essence.
|Latin Name||Leucanthemum vulgare|
|Family||Asteraceae (Aster family)|
|Parts Used||Perennial herb|
|Target Organs||Immune, Nervous, Kidney, Skin|
|Common Uses||Skin: wounds, cuts, bruises, strains, inflammation
Nervous system: relaxes nerves, tonic,
Immune: stimulant, tonic
|Properties||Anticatarrhal, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, anxiolytic, diaphoretic, diuretic, stimulating emmenagogue, immune stimulant, lymphatic, nervine, relaxant, tranquilizer, vasodilator, vulnerary, mild demulcent,|
|Constituents||Essential oil, phenols, alkaloids, methylsterols|
|Cautions||Caution emetic in large doses. Excessive amounts may cause nausea, vomiting. Do not use during pregnancy: stimulating emmenagogue|