Medicinal use:

Feverfew has a clear effect on headaches and migraines. This herb prevents platelet creation in blood vessels which causes tension in the cardiovascular system and headaches and migraines. By relieving and relaxing these vessels, feverfew can quickly eliminate the painful conditions in headaches and migraines. Amazing things about the feverfew is that it not only treats a migraine but it also relieves the causes of it at the same time.

The active ingredient in feverfew plant is parthenolide which is developed for pharmaceutical applications and is used in traditional medicine and modern herbal therapies. Feverfew has been used to prevent pain throughout the body caused by arthritis, joint pain, gout, and other inflammatory conditions. Herbal treatment with feverfew is a painless and effective solution.

About the plant:

Feverfew is a perennial plant belonging to the daisy family that can reach up to 60 cm in height. The stems are stiff, furrowed and highly branched. The leaves are bright green, hairless. The plant blooms from July to October. Flowers look like small daisy flowers. Both leaves and flowers have a strong scent.

How to grow:

Growing feverfew in pots, railing planters, and window boxes is very easy, you can easily grow it in your balcony garden. It can be propagated by seeds, cuttings, and division. This plant requires partially sunny places.

Take a pot filled with damp, loamy soil and plant the seeds in that pot. Sprinkle a few seeds into the pot and tap the bottom of the pot to settle the seeds into the soil. Spray water to keep the seeds moist as poured water may dislodge the seeds. Keep the soil moist until the germination, It takes one or two weeks. When the plants grow about 3 inches tall, plant them into a sunny place in the garden and water it regularly until the roots take hold.

Parts Used:

All parts of the plant are used for medicinal purposes. The dried leaves are the most commonly used part.

How to use:

One of the easiest ways to take the herb is to chew up two or three of the leaves whenever you feel a migraine coming on. Feverfew is available in the form of tablets and liquid extracts. Consume feverfew tea mixed with some chamomile and lemon balm to get fast relief from a headache.

A dose of between 100mg and 300mg is recommended for use in treating migraines. When using it over the long term you can take this dosage 1-3 times a day based on how your body is reacting.

Side effects:

Don’t chew up fresh, uncooked leaves, only use dried ones. The fresh, uncooked leaves can irritate a person’s mouth, cause swelling or even a rash. In some cases, you could lose your ability to taste for a short while. Due to this, it is better to chew them dry.

Caution:

Feverfew shouldn’t be utilized in children who are under two years of age. Feverfew is not advised to be used by those who suffer from bleeding disorders or those who take anticoagulants.

Common Names:

Featherfew, featherfoil, flirtwort, bachelor’s buttons, bride’s buttons, febrifuge plant, pyrethrum, wild chamomile, midsummer daisy, camomille grande (French), altamisa (Spanish), Mutterkraut (German), matrem (Danish).

Reference:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22096324
https://nccih.nih.gov/health/feverfew
https://draxe.com/feverfew/