Wakefulness and Clarity
Bellis perennis – An Accidental Proving; Homeopathic World, Oct. 1, 1890.
A lady, aged 45, of nervous temperament and subject to severe attacks of neuralgia accompanied by swellings, took by mistake a dose of Bellis perennis ø [the common daisy, or ‘bruisewort’ as it is termed in herbals]. As she has kindly permitted us to make use of her experiences, we give them in her own words:
“It produced marked swelling of the eyelids, and large patches of scarlet flushing over the forehead and cheeks – very conspicuous indeed, but at the same time without the least feeling of heat or burning, so that I was amazed when I caught sight of my face in the mirror. The appearance was like violent erythema, but there was no rash. As the day went on it grew paler, and the next morning there was a sort of peeling of the skin – a dust brushed off it, as it were, when rubbed. The swelling of the eyelids, chiefly the left, lasted longer than the patchy redness.
“Then there had been a sudden peculiar wide-awakeness – more than a common waking – very early, before 3 a.m., and do what I would I could not get to sleep again. And yet it was comically pleasant – my head felt so clear and my wits so lively.
“I had no thought, remember, of ‘proving’ anything till these curious things set me thinking, and then at once I remembered the draught of Bellis the evening before, about 7 o’clock.
“As an external remedy I had often used it before, and always with very great comfort and success. Mixed with hot water it removes neuralgic and muscular pain, and softens the stiff, bough-like feeling and ‘bruised spots’ in and under the arms, so well known to proficient in neuralgia. I always keep it in the house instead of Arnica. If I were now troubled with wakefulness after sleep [I don’t know whether it would induce sleep on first going to bed] I would take Bellis with a good deal of confidence, so vivid is my impression of what it did undesired.”
Writing subsequently, the prover added, “I do not know whether I made it clear that the wakefulness was unlike ordinary early morning wakefulness in that there was no subsequent dozing – I seemed to awake suddenly and once for all, as it were, with great clarity and alertness of every faculty.”
Quote from Vista Vintage by Frans Vermeulen and Linda Johnston, MD