LATIN NAME: Tanacetum parthenium
COMMON NAMES: Bachelor’s button, Bride’s button, Compositae, Featherfew, Featherfoil, Febrifuge Plant, Pyrethrum, Wild Chamomile
PARTS USED: leaves / flower
Once in popular use, Feverfew has fallen into considerable disuse and can be hard to find, even at herbal outlets. Feverfew inhibits platelet aggregating in the bloodstream, thus preventing blockage of small capillaries. This action is one of the reasons behind feverfew's popularity in treatment of migraines. It has a mild tranquilizing effect and is especially good for headaches caused by tension or fatigue. Feverfew has been used in the treatment of headaches since the first century. It has also been used for inflammation, arthritis, menstrual discomforts, fever, and other aches and pains.
- Alcoholic DT's
- Muscle tension
- Eliminate worms
- Stimulate appetite
- Stimulates uterine contractions,
- Promote menstruation
Dried and fresh herb, skin washes, tincture, capsules. Feverfew is a bitter herb for tea, and not one you would drink just for the pleasure. To prevent headaches chew 2 or 3 fresh leaves per day. To make a flea rinse for your pet, pour boiling water over the fresh herbs and let stand until completely cooled. Strain and apply wetting the fur and skin thoroughly. Do not towel dry or rinse.
Infusion: Use 1 heaping tsp. of the herb with 1 cup water. Take 1 to 2 cups, as indicated. For DTs, take 15 to 40 drops, as often as required.
Tincture: To combat insects, a tincture made from Feverfew mixed with 1/2 pint of cold water will keep away the gnats, mosquitoes, and other pests. Feverfew has the power to relieve the pain and swelling caused by the bites of insects and vermin. Bees find the odor and taste of Feverfew highly repulsive.
Specific: Feverfew should not be taken by pregnant women or anyone using blood thinners as it may increase the risk of bleeding, and may also interact with a variety of medications metabolized by the liver.
Long-term use of feverfew followed by abrupt discontinuation may induce a withdrawal syndrome featuring rebound headaches and muscle and joint pains.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.