The leaves of the daisy, though slightly acrid, may be eaten as early spring-salad, or boiled like spinach ; its roots have a pungent taste, and are in high repute abroad as an excellent vulnerary, attenu-ant, cooling and astringent medicine : yet no attention is paid to it in this country, except what it claims from the beauty of its flowers; on account of which it has been introduced into
M. Bechstein, a respectable German naturalist, mentions a curious fad relative to the virtues of the common daisy. In the 2d vol. of his Concise Natural History of Plants, both foreign and indigenous (printed at Leipzig in 1797) he says in a note - "I am acquainted with a very skilful and experienced physician, who has completely cured several consumptive persons with the flower-buds of tie bellis perennis, by stuffing young chickens with these buds, without any other ingredients ; then stewing them in unsalted beef-tea or broth, adding a little fresh butter, and allowing the patient for three weeks no other food but the medicated dishes thus prepared. At first, it affords a delicious repast." - We candidly confess, we have had no opportunities of ascertaining the efficacy of this preparation, by the test of experience ; but nevertheless we believe, that in so desperate a situation as that of pulmonary consnmp-tion, or other species of atrophy (unattended with violent febrile symptoms), it well deserves to be opportunely and fairly tried.