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Do you suffer from headaches and debilitating migraines?
Today: Let’s discuss Feverfew!
Its Latin name is [ Chrysanthemum parthenium ] and some of its aliases are, Bachelor’s button, Chamomile grande, Chrysanthemematricaire, European feverfew, Feather-fully, Featherfew, Featherfoil, Flirtroot, Midsummer daisy and Wild chamomile.
Its Latin name is (Chrysanthemum parthenium)
“parthenion” was used in the Middle Ages but was gradually change to feather foil then to featherfew eventually where we are now to feverfew.
Some people say the Latin name to be “febrifugia”
Meaning driving out fevers this was deemed wrong in the 17th century however research has shown that it does have a positive effect on fevers, it also depends on the type of fever being treated.
This excellent herb found in nature’s pharmacy is common in North and South America all over Europe. But this little beauty is a native of the Balkan Peninsula. This effective anti-inflammatory has been used to relieve symptoms of Migraine and other severe headaches.
What makes it so effective?
The reason why it can do this is that its leaves contain many wonderful chemicals, most notably one called Parthenolide. Parthenolide decrease factors in the body that might cause migraine headaches. It is found only in the leaves from 0.2 to 0.5% which is the recommended amount for it to be considered for commercial use as a migraine treatment. This helps stop the production of prostaglandins, which are molecules that promote inflammation.
In addition to Parthenolide, Feverfew has numerous other pharmacological actions, including inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis, blockage of platelet granule secretion, effects on smooth muscle, antitumor activity, inhibition of serotonin release, inhibition of histamine release, and mast cell inhibition. Feverfew also contain essential minerals and some vitamins
potassium, manganese, phosphorus and vitamins A and C.
Therefore I use feverfew in my arthritic, allergy, headache/brain, female problems, childbirth/menses and respiratory formulas.
You can find a comprehensive guide to the studies that have been done on Feverfew by clicking HERE.
Historically we have used Feverfew to reduce the frequency of migraine headaches and reduces pain, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and noise when they do occur. It has also been used to treat arthritis, asthma, constipation, dermatitis, earache, fever, headache, inflammatory conditions, insect bites, labour, menstrual disorders, potential miscarriage, psoriasis, spasms, stomach ache, swelling, tinnitus, toothache, vertigo, and worms. Since the early and late seventies, though feverfew was used as early as the 17th century by the English Herbalist Nicholas Culpeper.
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I hope you found this little article on Feverfew helpful. Remember, I have created this space for all to share and delight in nature’s abundant healing power.
An experienced qualified Herbalist will know how to balance your herbal formulas for you, though certain factors need to be taken into account.
People with clotting problems should not consume feverfew.
Always consult your physician or holistic practitioner before embarking on your herbal journey. Please feel free to contact me for advice about Plant Remedies and the use of Herbs anytime.
I wish each and every person radiant and sustained health and well being.
Remember Joy always cometh in the morning so don’t despair… get your walking boots on and get out there and embrace nature at its best. ~Dawn~ of Dawnherbal.