by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP
Feverfew: Tanacetum parthenium
I began growing Feverfew 22 years ago from a packet of Richter Seeds I ordered on-line. It was a garden plant that helped change a dysfunctional and depressed James Bay community with it’s brilliant white petals and yellow centers. To me they looked like miniature daisy’s.
Rediscovering them in the past few years growing in vacant lots and gardens, I once again started to harvest their medicinal flowers and leaves.
Feverfew is a well-known herb for migraine and joint pain relief so I dried a supply of both flowers and leaves for tea. Using fresh plant parts I used them to add to daily water recipes for their nutrients and infused them in vinegar, oil and alcohol to create medicinal remedies.
Nutrients & Qualities in Feverfew:
The nutrients in Feverfew include iron, niacin, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, sodium, and vitamins A and C.
Feverfew has an amazing number of medicinal uses:
- prevention of migraines & headaches,
- muscle tension,
- lower blood pressure,
- reduce stomach irritation,
- appetite stimulant,
- improve digestion,
- kidney function,
- menstrual problems,
- muscle relaxant,
- skin washes,
- Pain reliever for gastrointestinal, reproductive, and vascular systems,
- Insect Repellent (includes Bees & Fleas!),
- flowers contain pyrethrins compounds used as flea repellent
- Natural Sun Screen,
How to use Feverfew:
- Preventative for Migraines
As a preventative herb for migraines and headaches it is recommended to chew 2 – 3 fresh leaves per day. However I would recommend that these leaves be left to wilt beforehand as this plant has a strong bitter taste and cause some skin irritation in mouth when taken directly from the plant. It is also recommended that one takes this herb together with magnesium and riboflavin to support opening constrictions in blood flow.
- Natural Flea Rinse for Cats & Dogs
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. Remember that this will last only a couple of hours so make it a regular part of your animal care routine!
- Natural Pain Reliever for Aging Cats & Dogs
This is a herb that can be infused in water in the same way you would make tea. Once cooled add to your pets water to act as a natural pain reliever.
Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.