Feverfew is a plant from the Near East, Asia Minor and South-East Europe. Belonging to the Asteraceae family, tanacetum genus and having the name: partenelle, golden pyrethrum or pyrethrum moss. Its scent is similar to the apple, but the taste is quite bitter. It usually measures between 30 to 80 cm and has fragrant leaves. Feverfew is packed with parthenolide, a host of flavonoids, numerous sesquiterpenes, phenolic acids, and melatonin. The ancients used it in facilitating the healing of wounds caused by arrows or swords.
Feverfew: its therapeutic role
Like the need for a balanced diet, the use of therapeutic plants also promotes better health. Feverfew considered a effective preventive medication against migraine (dizziness and headaches). However, the cure must last more than 4 weeks because it is only at this interval that its effect is assured.
Regarding the dose:
- 2 to 3 fresh leaves to chew/d.
- 125 to 150 mg of dried leaves to chew/d.
It is presented as a traditional remedy which fight against vasomotor diseases of the arteries. Antimicrobial, antiseptic and stomachic, it is also generally used to treat:
- pelvic discomfort,
- kidney stones,
- dental diseases,
- rheumatic problems,
- and infections caused by insects.
This medicinal herb is also the ideal solution for keep the liver healthy.
Common forms in herbal medicine
Feverfew comes in various forms (herbal tea, tablet, texture, capsule and capsule). It also produces invigorating and revitalizing essential oil.
- For the infusion, add 4-12 g of flowers in 1 l of boiling water and drink 1 cup before breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- For enemas, boil 15-30 g of flowers and 1 l of water. Infuse for ten minutes and filter.
- For the decoction (dysmenorrhea), put 30 g of flowers in 1.5 l of water, leave to macerate. To drink every morning. Duration: 3 to 4 days.
The beneficial effects of feverfew
This species of plant is especially recommended in sitz bath for treat uterine burns. Used dry and associated with vinegar or honey, this remedy facilitates the elimination of black bile. It puts an end to menstrual disorders, stomach aches and optimizes childbirth.
Know the contraindications
The feverfew may rarely cause gastrointestinal problems and mouth sores. Its use is not favorable during the period of pregnancy and lactation. So for people showing signs of allergies to asteraceae plant species. Do not hesitate to seek advice from a doctor or pharmacist before thinking about a possible use of this plant.