FEVERFEW

FEVERFEW: “For Migraine Prevention”

Blood Pressure, Digestive Aid, Migraine Headaches

Also Known As: Bachelor’s Button, Febrifuge Plant and Wild Quinine

HISTORY:

 Feverfew was introduced in North America by early colonists. For some time, some herbalists recommended feverfew particularly for headaches. In the 17th century, England’s John Parkinson claimed feverfew as being effectual for all types of headache pain and also other ailments mentioned above.

PREPARATION:

For a migraine, chew 2 frozen or fresh leaves a day. A capsule or pill with 85 milligrams of leaf material can be taken. Most people prefer taking a capsule or pill because feverfew can be quite bitter to chew.

  • Infusion:

Bring one cup of water to a boil. Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of the feverfew herb. Steep from 5 to 10 minutes. May drink up to 2 cups daily.

Feverfew grows best in partial shade and planted 18 inches apart. Compost will produce a better growth. Pinch back the flower buds to encourage bushiness. Bees do not like feverfew and will generally avoid the plant. Feverfew can be maintained indoors year round as a houseplant.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Use soil that has good drainage. Avoid soil that is too rich because the leaves produced will be very soft. Water frequently but not enough to soak soil. Harvest twice a year and apply plant food once every spring completely, or feed monthly with plant food. Plants grow fast, so when pruning, prune the down to the ground.

SAFETY:

Some people report abdominal pains and mouth sores after taking feverfew. This herb will suppress a migraine, but not cure it. No problems noted with long term use.