This section is from the book "An Experimental History Of The Materia Medica", by William Lewis.
Bellis sylvestris minor C. B. Bellis perennis Linn. Common daisy: a low somewhat hairy plant, with oblong leaves lying on the ground, widening from the root to the extremity, which is rounded: among these arise round slender naked pedicles, bearing solitary flowers com-posed of white or purplish petala set round a yellow disk. It is perennial, common almost every where, and flowers early in the spring.
This plant stands recommended as a vulnerary, detergent, and resolvent; in diseases of the breast, internal bruises, hypochondriacal complaints, and disorders proceeding from the drinking of cold liquors when the body has been much heated. Schroeder informs us, that the leaves and flowers loosen the belly.
The leaves, which have been chiefly made use of, are in taste slightly acrid. The roots are considerably stronger, of a subtile penetrating pungency, not hot or fiery, but somewhat of the contrayerva kind; and though at present disregarded, promise to be a medicine of no small virtue. Their pungent matter is not dis-sipated in drying, is dissolved both by water and spirit, and on infpiffating the solutions is left in great part behind, in the watery, as well as in the spirituous extract. No part of the plant has any remarkable smell.