Who would have thought that this delicate, feathery plant Feverfew and Migraine Headaches would go hand in hand? As someone who has suffered from them I can attest to the fact that it works. That was the main reason I started growing Feverfew 12 years ago. That one little plant has now spread over many acres into at least a hundred plants. That’s what happens if it goes to seed and the wind scatters the seed.
It grows in my woods and fields where it’s on its own. I don’t water it other than rain water and no fertilizer except what is in the ground, and it flourishes. Feverfew is definitely a no maintenance herb.
Feverfew is also referred to as bachelor’s button, wild quinine, featherfoil, and flirtwort.
Feverfew is masculine and Sagittarius, its planet is Venus, its element is water, and its character is warm, drying, and bitter. Feverfew’s power is protection from colds, fevers, headaches, and accidents.
Feverfew packs a powerful punch with its medicinal properties. It’s not just a pain reducer for migraine headaches. It is an antispasmodic, anti-prostaglandin, vasodilator, laxative, emmenagogue (any drug, herb, or agent that induces or hastens menstrual flow) used to stimulate uterine contractions; relieves dizziness, brain and nerve pressure, increases fluidity of lung and bronchial tube mucus. It’s also used to help alleviate inflammation and discomfort of arthritis and insect bites; helps in relieving flatulence, as a stimulant, and a vermifuge (expels worms).
May inhibit blood clotting:
Do not use Feverfew if you are on a blood thinner medication or if you have a problem with your blood clotting. Do not use Feverfew if you are pregnant or nursing. Feverfew should not be given to children under age two.
When I first stated using Feverfew as a preventative for migraines, I ate 2 fresh leaves a day. It’s bitter and tastes even worse. I tried wrapping it in a piece of whole grain bread. It was a little better. After talking with an herbalist who uses it everyday she suggested I try it with honey or saut?? the leaves in a bit of olive oil. Mouth ulcers can occur when consuming a large amount of fresh leaves; eating the fresh leaves with honey or saut??ing will olive oil help prevent mouth ulcers. The flowers can be used fresh or dried in a salad.
Harvest leaves prior to plant flowering for optimum potency; the leaves and flowers are used. The leaves may be frozen whole to be used in the winter time.
The leaves can also be used to make tea, tinctures, infusions, compresses, and poultices. The flowers are used in infusions also.
The easiest way to take Feverfew is in the dried state, powdered, in capsule form.
It is an easy herb to grown and is a beautiful addition to you landscape. Remember to deadhead the spent flowers before they go to seed or you’ll have Feverfew growing everywhere.
As you can see its not just Feverfew For Migraine Headaches, but Feverfew for many things.
Before using any herbs for any condition, check with your physician to verify they won’t cause any drug interactions with medications you may be taking, adverse reactions to any medical conditions you may have and that you are not allergic to any of them.