The Feverfew Plant
The feverfew plant (Tanacetum parthenium) has been considered a valuable medicinal herb since ancient times.
The feverfew plant has beautiful daisy-like flowers. The flowers bloom all summer and are a blessing to have in any garden. Many people use feverfew has cut flowers for indoor decorations.
Feverfew is a perennial plant which self-sows. It will grow quite tall in full sun (more or less about 2 feet (60 cm). These plants will also do well in shade, but they will be much shorter.
The feverfew plant is common in Europe, Australia and North and South America.
Parts used: Leaves
Feverfew is first of all a medicinal herb. As the name implies it was regarded as an excellent remedy to reduce fever.
Now feverfew is mostly used to prevent and treat migraine headaches.
It has shown some very good results even if the migraine headache is severe. Tests have shown that feverfew can reduce symptoms such as nausea and visual disturbances.
Feverfew has muscle relaxing properties in addition it is pain relieving.
This is an herb which people with frequent headaches should consider including in their natural organic herbal medicine cabinet.
Feverfew Migraines – Hot or Cold?
Feverfew will not help all people with migraine headaches. There are different kinds of migraine headaches.
If you know that a cold cloth on your forehead is comforting then feverfew will not help you.
If you know that a warm cloth on your forehead is comforting then feverfew is an herb you absolutely may benefit from.
The reason is that a warm cloth will make the blood vessels expand and a cold cloth will make the blood vessels contract. Feverfew will contribute to expanding the blood vessels.
If you feel relief from cold cloths, do not take feverfew.
Feverfew Side Effects
Some books and websites recommend eating fresh feverfew leaves on a piece of bread to prevent migraine headaches.
You can eat fresh feverfew leaves, but you need to be very careful. Some people who have tried eating fresh feverfew leaves report that they get mouth ulcers.
Please do take precautions if you want to try fresh feverfew leaves. Mouth ulcers are not an enjoyable experience.
Not all people react to feverfew. Tests have shown that about 10 % will experience mouth ulcers after chewing feverfew leaves.
You may be among the lucky ones that will never get any mouth ulcers from eating the fresh leaves. If you do not have allergic reactions to feverfew, eating fresh leaves has the best outcome.
To be on the safe side many prefer to use commercially produced feverfew.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not use feverfew. Please consult your doctor.
Dried feverfew leaves soon lose their medicinal qualities. Feverfew is not an herb you should dry for later use.
Feverfew can be taken as capsules or in tinctures.
In Ancient Rome the feverfew plant was recognized as an herb to bring on menstruation.
The feverfew plant is also known to be moth repellent.