Feverfew, Chrysanthemum parthenium, a member of the daisy family, widely known as a good herb to treat certain types of migraines, is a perennial native to southeastern Europe and Asia, but found growning in many other areas. This is a perfect plant for those without a green thumb. Feverfew has instilled new hope for fewer and milder migraine headaches.
In ancient Greece the Feverfewherb was used to reduce swelling and for women's menstrual distress. The herbs name is a Latin derivative meaning to chase away fevers. You may even say it was the aspirin of the eighteenth century. It was used to treat fevers, menstrual and rheumatic pain.
The Feverfew herb grows to about two feet high and it is a perennial. The leaves are doubly divided and have a tooth like edge, they are brightly colored and have an aromatic smell, but somewhat bitter taste. The flower will look very much like a daisy with white petals and a yellow center.
Feverfew can be eaten as the fresh leaf, made into a green leaf tea or dried for later use as a tea.The most simple and the fastest way of getting the most out of the medicinal benefits of Feverfew is to make an herbal teato tisane. It can be drunk either warm or cool and can be taken as a general tonic to boost well being or to ease anxiety or depression. If you drink half a cup twice a day, you should begin to notice the benefits within a week.
The Feverfewherb helps ease nervousness. It works as a laxative and can ease flatulence and gas pains. It stimulates blood flow, especially to the pelvic area and uterus and has been used to stimulate menstruation. It helps ease menstrual cramps. Another use for Feverfew is its antihistamine properties where it can prove invaluable for the treatment of allergies such as hayfever.
Not only has Feverfew been found to aid in the relief of Migraine (and we hold much evidence of curing this sometimes debilitating condition) but its natural anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties have been found to aid in the relief of rheumatism, sciatica, hip, joint and back pain.
For insect bites, make a tincture out of the herb Feverfew and apply it to the bite to relieve pain and swelling.