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Feverfew - The Plant Throughout Centuries

Feverfew is the herb that has been given eleven different names. References to the plant were found in the works of ancient Greek physicians. The botanical name of flower group to which feverfew belongs is the derivation from Greek “pur” (fire) which is the metaphoric characteristic of the hot taste of the feverfew root.

The botanical name of feverfew is Tanacetum parthenium, and the number of names for the plant itself includes altamisa, chamomile grande, featherfew, featherfoil, febrifuge plant, midsummer daisy, mutterkraut, nosebleed, wild chamomile, wild quinine. This multi-naming is probably one of the proofs that feverfew has long and widely been known and used in world medicine.

Feverfew is herbaceous and perennial plant. It can grow in any ordinary good soil, although best favors the ground with well-drained, stiff, loamy ground, enriched with good manure. Just once planted, feverfew gives a rich supply of blossoms year after year. The best time for planting is the end of April, but it can also be done in autumn.

The methods of propagation are by seed, (sowed in February and planted in March), by division (dividing roots into 3 or 5 pieces, better done in March) and cuttings (at any time from October to May, by cutting the young shoots and inserting in a bed of light, sandy soil, in the open). A good watch for snails must be kept for slugs, snails and black flies, the latter being fought with the help of plant peppering.

The active elements containing in feverfew decrease the release of polymorphonuclear leukocytes in joints that cause arthritis and inflammation and are effective in treating migraine prophylaxis. Feverfew limits the inflammation of blood vessels in the head. This effect is achieved by the release of serotonin and prostaglandins, both of which are believed to aid the onset of migraines. Parthenolide and tanetin are the elements at action while decreasing migraine.

Numerous studies has proven feverfew’s efficacy in handling such conditions as dysmenorrhoea, sluggish menstrual flow, coughs, wheezing and difficult breathing, pain and swelling caused by bites of insects and vermin. Digestive problems are also treated with feverfew.

There are numerous uses of feverfew that are not related to the medical efficacy of the plant. People use it as an effective insect repellent, atmosphere purifier, and even as a wrist bound which is believed to be a virtue against ague.

That is the universal feverfew. Its long history of use and wide potential is something that makes the plant valuable and appreciated all over the world.

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2014-12-02 00:39:51
Im from SE Texas..have 3 grown daughters. When one of my twins started having migraines at 15 yrs old, I read about feverfew and desperate to help her, tried the herb. I was AMAZED at the immediate relief she got. She went from taking hydrocodone 5/500 and phenerghan 25 mg for nausea to nothing but the feverfew!!!! I was sooo happy and she was too. She is 24 now and STILL takes it to prevent migraines. She swears it helps with her monthly cycle as well. Hope this helps someone else as much as it did this family. Thank you for putting up this post .
2011-09-08 05:22:21
I use Feverfew in my vaporizer I have bad toxic poisening, I noticed immediately after inhaling my muscles r ok I prefer this than chemo
2011-03-18 20:05:16
what part of the plant do you use? and how do you prepare it ?
Sue Divers
2011-01-23 19:05:39
Have had persistent tickly cough (coughing about every 10 minutes, also during sleep) for several months. Since taking feverfew, chewing one leaf, 3 times a day, the cough has disappeared. This cannot be a coincidence.
2010-10-06 12:13:10
My 8 year old son had horrible migranes almost everyday. Someone told me about this miracle cure and I am so glad they did! My son hasn't had one migrane since he started taking a supplement with feverfew, magnesium, and riboflavin. He is a completely different child now and I am so so happy I met the woman who told me about feverfew.
2009-11-29 22:27:23
I recently won a thirty year battle with migranes....Feverfew works goddam miracles, and everyone with headaches should try it....but first make sure you have taken your magnesium citrate, calcium citrate, and riboflavin(b-2) this acts as a cytalyst for the herb, as with migranes your blood vessles are spasming and need the muscle relaxtion that magnesium provides, also your cells tend to work better together. taken all together, it will make you believe you are working on the cause.
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2009-07-22 15:23:17
googling, iv'e found you can dry the entire plant (or dry leaves separately from branches, etc...then take a teaspoon of dried, in 1 CUP hot water, let steep 10 mins, drink. Also...if you chew the fresh feverfew leaves..instant headache relief. google good herbal sites...lots of info.
Big Dog
2009-05-30 19:26:16
feverfew has worked wonders for me. I make tea with feverfew for bad migranes.Sometimes just inhaling the plant in the yard is enough to stop minor headaches. Its true!! It works!!
2009-02-06 09:49:12
what part of the plant do you use and how do you prepare it please
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