Reddish Vale Country Park
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Ox Eye Daisy
A very common native perennial of grassland and roadsides throughout the UK.
The plant generally grows from 1 to 2 feet.
Also known as; Goldens, Marguerite, Moon Daisy, Horse Gowan, Field Daisy, Dun Daisy, Butter Daisy and Horse Daisy.
The ancients dedicated the Ox Eye Daisy to Artemis, the goddess of women, considering it useful in women's cmplaints. In Christian days, it was transferred to St. Mary Magdalen and called Maudelyn or Maudlin Daisy after her. In Somerset there is an old tradition connecting it with the Thunder God, and hence it is sometimes spoken of as the 'Dun Daisy.'
The Ox Eye Daisy has been used for medicinal purposes for treating such conditions as whooping-cough, asthma and nervous excitability and as an antispasmodic diuretic, tonic.
Culpepper tells us that it is 'a wound herb of good respect, often used in those drinks and salves that are for wounds, either inward or outward'... and that it is 'very fitting to be kept both in oils, ointments, plasters and syrups.' He also tells us that the leaves bruised and applied reduces swellings, and that, 'a decoction thereof, with wall-wort and agrimony, and places fomented or bathed therewith warm, giveth great ease in palsy, sciatica or gout. An ointment made thereof heals all wounds that have inflamation about them.'