Feverfew

Tanacetum parthenium, commonly known as feverfew, is a perennial herb covered by small, yellow flowers with white rays reminiscent of daisies. It is a small plant that grows up to about two-feet tall and has upright, hairy, and finely-wrinkled stem. Its delicate green leaves are alternate and downy with tiny hairs. The plant has a strong and bitter scent.

The chemical constituents of Feverfew include parthenolide, a substance that has been shown in animal trials to cause cancer cell death or apoptosis.

Other Names

Bachelor’s buttons, featherfew, Pyrethrum Parthenium, featherfoil, flirtwort.

Benefits

  • Prevents headaches, migraines, and arthritis

  • Prevents muscle tension and pain

  • Reduces fever

  • Lowers blood pressure

  • Carminative

  • Appetite stimulant

  • Improves digestion and kidney function

  • Alleviates colitis, and tinnitus

  • Emmenagogue

  • Air purifier

Feverfew is recognized in medical circles for its impressive track record in the treatment and relief of migraines and chronic headache. Clinical studies have demonstrated that feverfew is effective in reducing the severity and frequency of headaches. By inhibiting the release of serotonin and prostaglandins, the herb effectively stops the onset of migraine. Feverfew also works on the inflammation that causes blood vessels constriction, preventing spasms that can worsen headaches. Regular intake of the herb is recommended for preventing migraines and headaches. Studies also show that it is more effective than expensive over-the-counter products for migraines.

When too much prostaglandin is produced by the uterine lining during menstruation, it can cause menstrual pain and cramps. Feverfew’s inhibitory action on the prostaglandin is assumed to have a positive effect on relieving menstrual cramps and sluggishness. Its intake is recommended before the onset of menstruation.

Feverfew is also used for the relief of inflammation and pain associated with arthritis. The herb acts by reducing the production of substances that stimulates and aggravates inflammation. Its chemical constituents prevent the platelets from secreting inflammatory substances that can prolong the pain and swelling.

Prostaglandins are involved in regulating body functions such as blood pressure, temperature, blood vessel tone, and inflammation. By controlling the production of the substance, Feverfew creates a compounding effect in alleviating fever, arthritis, and migraine.

Other benefits include lowering blood pressure, relieving asthma, reducing stomach irritation, coughs, wheezing, and treating skin disorders like dermatitis. Feverfew also has air purifying properties when planted around the house.

With migraines, headaches, menstrual cramps, and arthritis that are major sources of pain that can ruin your day, if not your life, aren’t you glad there’s feverfew?

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