Scientific Name: Tanacetum parthenium
AKA: featherfoil, featherfew
Parts Used: aerial parts
Active Compounds: sesquiterpene lactones, camphor, alpha-pinene
Background: As you might guess from the name, feverfew has been used to reduce fever for hundreds of years. It has also been known to help expel the after-birth during childbirth. Now feverfew is mostly used in the treatment of migraine headache.
Research has shown that feverfew is an effective treatment for migraine headaches. However, researches aren't sure how the mechanism works to relieve migraine.
Applications: Fever Reducer/Analgesic/Muscle Stimulant
Feverfew has many uses, but it is most commonly used for the treatment of migraine headaches.
Migraine: Feverfew can be used to prevent migraine headaches. In order to get the best effect from it, feverfew must be taken regularly to prevent the headaches. It can also be taken at the early onset of a migraine to reduce discomfort.
Women's Health: Feverfew can help to expel the afterbirth after a child is born. It can also help to stimulate menstruation.
Fever: Feverfew can help to relieve a fever.
Joint pain: Feverfew can be used to reduce pain from arthritis.
Feverfew is a plant that is native to Durope. It can now be found in North American and Europe as well. It is a perennial plant that grows only to 2 feet in height. It has daisy-like flowers. The leaves can be picked as needed. The aerial parts are gathered during summer months.
As a tincture, take 5 drops with water 3 times a day for migraine prevention.
Eat 2-3 feverfew leaves each day on a piece of bread to prevent migraine.
Feverfew capsules and tablets can be taken for headaches. Follow the manufacturer's label instructions.
The fresh leaves of feverfew can cause ulcers in the mouth. Do not take feverfew if you're taking another type of blood-thinner. Pregnant women should not take feverfew. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of any herb.
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