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Tanacetum parthenium


plant overview
feverfew for fire and wind

Feverfew, also known as flirtwort and featherfoil, is a member of the daisy family that resembles chamomile, only the flowers are smaller. The plant is an attractive perennial garden plant. Oddly, however, bees avoid the plant due to its strong, bitter scent. The herb has a long history of use in Europe, where it is still commonly used to make teas, tinctures and tonics. Feverfew is also made into syrups, lozenges and topical ointments.

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A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information for feverfew

Feverfew is a composite herb of the Asteraceae family. It has numerous, small, daisy-like heads of yellow flowers with outer white rays, the central yellow florets being arranged on a nearly flat receptacle, not conical as in the chamomiles. The stem is finely furrowed and hairy, about 2 feet high; the leaves alternate, downy with short hairs, or nearly smooth-about 4 1/2 inches long and 2 inches broad—bipinnatifid, with serrate margins, the leaf-stalk being flattened above and convex beneath. It is not to be confused with other wild chamomile-like allied species, which mostly have more feathery leaves and somewhat large flowers; the stem also is upright, whereas that of the true garden chamomiles is procumbent. The delicate green leaves are conspicuous even in mild winter. The whole plant has a strong and bitter smell.

common names & nomenclature
The word feverfew derives from the Latin word febrifugia.

Also known as:
feverfew, featherfoil, featherfew, chrysanthemum parthenium, pyrethrum parthenium, bachelor's buttons, flirtwort

Where in the World
habitat and range for feverfew

Feverfew was native to Eurasia; specifically the Balkan Peninsula, Anatolia and the Caucasus, but cultivation has spread it around the world and it is now also found in Europe, the Mediterranean, North America and Chile.

Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting feverfew

Feverfew grows in full sun on mountain scrub, rocky slopes, walls, waste places and is a weed of gardens (may become invasive).

Thrives in ordinary garden soil as long as it’s not very acidic.

Sow feverfew seeds in spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, transplant the seedlings into individual pots and plant them out in early summer, after the last expected frosts. If you have sufficient seed it can be sown outdoors in the garden during the spring. Plants usually self-sow freely, once you have the plant established, further sowing is usually unnecessary. May also be propagated by cuttings and division.

Harvest the feverfew when the flowers are in full bloom. Harvesting at full bloom produces a slightly higher yield than harvesting during early bloom. Cut no more than one-third of the plant at a single harvest. Tie the feverfew bundle at its stems with some twine and hang the bundle upside down to dry it. Feverfew will dry out best in a dark, airy and dry place.

Store dried plant pieces in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

The Rest of the Story
feverfew history, folklore, literature & more

feverfew brings migraine relief
Feverfew is an herb that was used by the Greeks in ancient times. Originally, it was mostly used to treat women for menstrual irregularities and to help expel the placenta after childbirth. It was also used for headaches, toothaches, and just about anything you’d take an aspirin for now.

While feverfew is a plant native to Europe, colonists brought it to the America’s in the 1600s. There it was used as a cure for headaches and in South America it was used to treat problems with the kidneys. It was also used in Central America for headaches and colic. But after many years of use, feverfew fell out of favor with herbalists. It was almost forgotten.

But in the 1970s, feverfew felt a resurgence. That’s because the wife of a Welsh doctor discovered that by eating fresh feverfew leaves she gained relief from her migraine headaches. News spread fast, and feverfew became an important herb for the modern herbalist.

Feverfew has since been studied and scientists believe that it helps to relax the smooth muscle walls of blood vessels. Since migraines are caused from the constriction of blood vessels in the brain, that may be how feverfew actually prevents problems with migraines.

In many cases, feverfew has been found to actually treat and prevent migraines. It’s also been used to treat the stomach upset that often goes hand in hand with a migraine. For example, many people experience nausea and even vomiting during a migraine.

In addition to being used to combat migraines, feverfew also makes a great remedy for menstrual problems such as cramping and irregularity. It can also be taken for problems such as joint pain and rheumatism.

When you’re using feverfew, it’s important to use a high quality dried leaf. Fresh leaves have actually been found to cause some mouth irritation and even ulcers. However, when you use dried feverfew you avoid this effect and you still get the benefit of reduction in migraines and other types of pain.

If you’re suffering from migraines either sporadically or regularly, feverfew will make a good addition to your routine. Instead of taking very expensive pharmaceuticals that also have dramatic side effects, you can depend on nature to give you relief. Keep a stock of dried feverfew leaves in your supplies so that you’ll be ready when a migraine hits. Migraines are so very painful and can really stop your life. But when you have the tools you need to knock them out, you’ll be able to keep going with your day.

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
you should always consult with your doctor
before making any changes to your diet!!
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