Notes on the Medicinal and Healing Abilities of the Common Daisy, aka Bellis Perennis

Notes on the Medicinal and Healing Abilities of the Common Daisy, aka Bellis Perennis
April 8, 2024 webadmin

Homeopathic Bellis Perennis, commonly known as the daisy, is a great trauma remedy. It should be in every home and office along with the miracle worker Arnica.

A few months ago I had a woman come for treatment that had a bad fall on ice. She hit her head, lower back and left rib cage. She came in for a core treatment the next day and in addition to the core treatment was given a dose of the homeopathic remedy, Arnica 200c. The next day she was much improved but still complaining about the pain in her left rib area. Arnica was repeated. I saw her again for another core treatment one week later. She was feeling much better but still complaining of the intense pain of the left rib area. This area was very painful and barely able to be touched. The pain was also effecting her ability to move freely and resting, sleeping was difficult. After the core treatment she was given a dose of homeopathic Bellis Perennis 200c. The next day she was better. After a few more days she took an additional dose of Bellis. A day after that dose she called and said she had turned the corner. When I saw her the next week for a core treatment all her pain was gone. Her movement was unrestricted. She was resting well and sleeping well.

From A Physician’s Posy by Dr. Dorothy Shepherd—

That is why I have chosen to write on the Common Daisy (Bellis Perennis), as its action is somewhat similar to the actions of Arnica Montana: it heals and cures conditions following bruises and knocks, and it is a first-class anti-traumatic, a first-class wound wort.

Just one short example. A middle-aged lady of my acquaintance was knocked down by a car while crossing a street, and this followed by a lump on her thigh. Weeks afterwards there is still a swelling on her right thigh. Six months treatment with Bellis Perennis mother tincture, was needed to dissolve this cyst.

A lady in her middle thirties had been bleeding profusely for three months since the birth of her baby, and the uterine discharge on microscopic examination was found to contain a certain type of malignant cell which caused the gynecologist to make the provisional diagnosis of cancer of the body of the uterus and an operation was considered necessary. She came for further advice so as to avoid an operation. The uterus was the size of a four months’ pregnancy, and the cervix was widely dilated. On this history and the findings on examination, Bellis Perennis in the mother tincture was prescribed, with the pleasing result that the bleeding ceased in a few days, and the uterus became normal in size under two months. I am not claiming this as a cure for cancer of the uterine body——in fact I should have hesitated to have undertaken the treatment if I had known of the diagnosis made by the surgeon. I am only confirming Dr. Burnett’s suggestions that Bellis Perennis is a uterine organ remedy. It has produced congestion and enlargement of the uterus in healthy women, and given according to the Law of Similars, it cured a desperately sick woman with these symptoms. The cure holds good as this happened some eight years ago and the lady is alive and well to this day.

Another case illustrating the action of Bellis on a tumor is well worth recording. A lady, accustomed to hard physical work, complained of severe pain in the abdominal muscles of the left side near spleen, which came on after lifting a heavy weight, much too heavy to lift for the average woman. She was most concerned about the appearance of a cyst-like swelling within the belly of the abdominal muscle, which was excruciatingly painful to touch. A vegetarian, keen on natural methods of healing, she was not prepared to submit herself to an operation for the removal of the cyst. She asked could nothing be done with medicines? Bellis Perennis 1c was prescribed at first, and later Bellis 200 at weekly intervals, with the result that not only did the pain disappear but the cyst dissolved as well within two months. Each dose of the 200th. potency was followed by a severe aggravation of the pain, and the sensation of a knife turning and twisting in the swelling was experienced for a short period afterwards.”

Thank you Dr. Shepherd for your great work and sharing with us by writing the wonderful and so useful book: A Physician’s Posy.

For those of you wishing to learn or review what purpose an aggravation (acute healing phase) serves please take the course on our website: How Nature Heals.

From Materia Medica Viva, Volume 4, by George Vithoulkas—

Let us look a bit deeper now into the wonders of Bellis Perennis.

Bellis is an important remedy for deep traumas, whether they be of the physical body or of the psyche. It is a remedy that should be considered whenever a mistreatment or hurt has been suffered in deep parts, when the physical body has been cut up in an operation or hurt in an accident, or when the emotional body has been mistreated in an emotional conflict.

It is important for the student of homeopathy to understand that different constitutions have different predispositions. In this remedy (Bellis) there seems to be a predisposition for the tissues of the muscular system and the tendons to be in a precariously weak or tired state. The imposition of an injury on such an organism will almost inevitably result in deep trauma, a chronic condition that will take a certain form.

“Another condition that can generate symptoms in a Bellis patient arises when the body has been overworked and stretched beyond its capacity. Strained muscles or tendons form weight lifting or in long distance athletes such as marathon runners comes into this category, as do the stiff and sore bodies of old people working as laborers or gardeners after comparatively little work. Workmen who by their profession are forced to stand and walk a lot find this remedy of use, as do those who subject their muscular system to constant physical exertion. Bellis is a better prescription in all these cases than Arnica or Rhus-tox.

The Bellis Perennis personality is characterized by a deep tumor in the feelings. When studying the Bellis psychology one finds bruised and sore emotions which have been mistreated and hurt by others to such an extent that a painful and hard spot has developed in the deep recesses of the patient’s feelings. The patient will never reveal this to those around him, presenting instead to a happy face. In this context it is interesting to consider Clark’s (Note: Dr. J.H. Clark, renowned homeopath, mentor to Dr. Bach, author of the great Dictionary of the Homeopathic Materia Medica) apt comment on this remedy:”The daisy (Bellis Perennis) is a flower which is repeatedly trodden upon and always comes up smiling afterwards.

Thus we have a person whom everybody considers to be strong, resilient, with no great sensitivities, he himself knows the truth to be different however. He knows that there is an area in his emotions that is tremendously bruised and painful. All the hurts and shocks that the person has received in his life seem to be absorbed by the area and contained there. These patients display a kind of inelasticity or inflexibility of the emotions which does not allow them to adapt fast enough to inner shocks and which is evident in their tendency to obstinacy and rigidity of ideas and emotions.


  • Ailments from exposure to cold and wet when overheated is a keynote, but the peculiarity is that once the inflammation has set in, a local application of cold is beneficial to the patient.
  • Ill effects of cold drinks, when overheated. Can cause dyspepsia, amenorrhoea, rheumatic pains, etc.
  • Aliments from injuries.
  • Hemorrhages after exertion.
  • Bellis affects blood vessels causing venous stasis and varicose veins.
  • Burnett suggests it for debility following acute attacks of gout.
  • Worse around 3 pm or 3 am, and for a few hours after that time.
  • Worse from cold baths, food or drinks, becoming chilled when hot, hot bath; warmth of bed; before storms; physical exertion.

Thank you George Vithoulkas for sharing your considerable knowledge and insightful experience.

Dr. Shepherd writes: “Some say this name comes from the Latin bellis, meaning “beautiful”; so you can translate bellis perennis as the “perennial beauty”; for its beauty is always with us all through the summer. It had a great reputation with the country people years ago as a cure for fresh wounds, and it is still know in some districts as “bruise wort.” But its virtues have been long forgotten…….So you see, Bellis has stood me in good stead in a few cases, so in turn I pass the knowledge on, for it is well worth remembering in suitable cases.”

Thank you Bellis. We appreciate your special healing abilities and will do our best to keep this knowledge alive. Peace to you all.

Robert Stevens
Northern New Mexico
April 8, 2024.