All About Feverfew
Feverfew is a daisy like flower, useful in reducing migraine headaches by easing smooth muscle spasms and the constriction of blood vessels in the brain.
Feverfew has demonstrated in multiple human studies to help reduce headache. It has also shown in vitro and in vivo muscle relaxing and anti-inflammatory actions. It may also be anti-parasitic, anti-viral, and anti-cancer; more research is needed. Click the button below for a detailed review of research.
Latin Name: Tanacetum parthenium
- Other common names: Altamisa, bacherlor's buttons, featehrfew, flirtwort midsummer daisy, Santa Maria, Chrysanthème Matricaire, Featerfoiul, Grande Camomille, Matricaria, Partenelle
- Other Latin names: Chrysanthemum parthenium, Chrysanthemum praealtum, Leucanthemum parthenium, Matricaria eximia, Matricaria parthenium, Pyrethrum parthenium
Feverfew is a perennial flower with small daisy like white and yellow flowers that grows into a small bush about two foot high. Leaves are aromatic varied pinnate with possible light downy hairs.
- Leaves and flowers are used.
- As an infusion, use up to 6 tablespoons up to three times a day.
- Folk remedy has suggested chewing two leaves a day to ward off a headache. Steep the leaves in hot water for about 5 minutes before eating. Discontinue use if there are mouth ulcers
- Sesquiterpene lactone: parthenolide
- Bitter components
- Essential oils including camphor, terpene, and borneol