Feverfew is one of the medicinal herbs that I’ve been aware of for many years. Used for centuries as a proven and powerful remedy for migraines and headaches, this herb has many other health benefits as well.
The feverfew plant is short and bushy, with feathery leaves and white and yellow daisy-like flowers. Native to the Balkan Mountains of Eastern Europe, feverfew now grows throughout Europe and the Americas. The leaves and flowers are used medicinally, although both can be added to salads as well.
Feverfew has been called the “medieval aspirin” because of its pain relieving properties. The biochemical parthenolide is responsible for this herb’s pain easing effects. Taking feverfew daily lessens the pain of migraines and helps to prevent the reoccurrence of these debilitating headaches, by preventing the widening of blood vessels that precipitates an attack. Feverfew also relieves the symptoms that accompany migraines, including light sensitivity, nausea and vomiting.
Feverfew reduces inflammation in the nervous system as well as in the joints, making it beneficial to those suffering from arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. This herb is a potent anti-inflammatory for the skin, easing redness, swelling and itchy rashes. Feverfew heals damaged skin cells, improving the appearance of the skin.
Research has demonstrated that feverfew has anticancer properties that inhibit the growth of cancer cells. And the herb has anti-thrombotic abilities, meaning it can help to prevent blood clots from forming and growing. This in turn improves blood circulation while reducing the risks of heart attack and stroke.
It is also helpful for these conditions: allergies, asthma, tinnitus, dizziness, infertility, stomachaches, fevers, muscle and joint stiffness, menstrual problems and psoriasis.
Feverfew may be purchased as capsules, tinctures, liquid extracts and creams, or as dried leaves and flowers, to make tea. I currently take feverfew in capsule form, although I intend to add this plant to my herb garden. Feverfew is an easy perennial to grow, in a sunny location. It can be invasive, making it a good plant to grow in a container so that it doesn’t overtake the rest of the garden. The flowers bloom from July to October.
I’m excited to include feverfew in the garden, planting it in one of my many containers, and using the leaves and flowers to make teas and tinctures.
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