Feverfew – (Tanacetum parthenium)

Feverfew – (Tanacetum parthenium)

The ancient Greeks called feverfew Parthenium, supposedly because a healer used it to restore a worker who was injured during the construction of the famous Greek landmark bearing the same name.  The Parthenon was built during the 5th Century BC.  There is little documentation about feverfew being used medicinally until it was mentioned by the legendary Greek Physician, Herbalist, and Botanist, Dioscorides.  Interesting fact; the word feverfew derives from the Latin word febrifugia, which means “fever reducer”.   It was originally used in ancient times as a fever reducer, by cooling the body, and to treat nervous and menstrual disorders.  Feverfew was also prescribed for depression and pain.

Through the last two Centuries, feverfew has been used to reduce inflammation, treat headaches and as a mild painkiller It was also for considered a remedy for toothache pain, rheumatism, menstrual cramping, and prostate pain.  The leaves were chewed to treat nausea, vomiting, digestive issues, and as a sleep aid.  It has also been used for colic, flatulence, general indigestion, colds, suppressed urine, and to expel intestinal worms.

Taking this herb in tincture form may help to bring on the menstrual cycle.  Feverfew has been used to regulate menstrual disorders.  It can induces miscarriage or abortion if taken during pregnancy, so use caution.   The tincture is also beneficial for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Additional benefits include lower blood pressure, reducing abdominal pain and stomach irritation. Feverfew is a mild laxative, and it is also used to help relieve gas and bloating. Feverfew has been used to stimulate appetite, and improve digestion and kidney function.

This herb’s anti-inflammatory properties can improve certain skin conditions. It is used topically to treat eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis.  It is a mild sedative and antispasmodic that will help relieve muscle spasms and arthritis pain.  It is a moderate insect repellent, but very useful for relieving swelling or painful insect bites or stings.

Additional Reading

The information contained in this article is a partial reprint of another article found on The Gypsy Thread, used with permission.
Feverfew – Nature’s Answer to Migraine Headaches and So Much More


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