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Growing and Using Medicianl Herbs: Feverfew

Feverfew Plant

This plant looks very similar to chamomile.  However it smells very different and it’s leaves are more broad and not feathery like chamomile is.  It’s a very pretty tender perennial in the garden and grows well in sunny areas.  It reseeds itself very well and is drought tolerant, making it a great plant to grow here in Utah.   It’s flowers and leaves are harvested just as they open up and dried for use.   Feverfew should be avoided by those who are allergic to the daisy family.

Medicinal Benefits

Feverfew has many known benefits.  It has been used from the beginning of the century to help alleviate migraine headaches.  It is also good for fatigue, arthritis, inflammation, menstrual discomfort and fever.  Feverfew is not to be used during pregnancy.

Using Feverfew

  • Feverfew is best used as a tea.  Steep the dried flowers and leaves in hot water for 10 minutes.  It’s flavor is not pleasant, however there are many who will drink it regardless to relieve pain.  Drink 2x a day for acute migraines.  You should be able to feel a difference within a week of using.  The tea can also be used for mild anxiety and depression.
  • A tincture can also be made with feverfew.  Place dried flowers and leaves in a glass jar with a lid.  Fill the jar with 80 to 100 proof vodka and cover plant material by 1-inch.  Cover with lid and place on counter.  Shake everyday for 4 weeks.  Strain and place back in a clean jar or amber dropper.  Take 4-6 drops every half hour to relieve pain.
  • Feverfew cream can also be used for topical use.  This would be good for inflammation, arthritis and joint pain.

 

 

 

Emily Saddler

Emily is a Master Gardener, wife of a professional landscape contractor, Mom of 4 cute kids, Yoga instructor and very passionate advocate of organic home-grown food! Emily maintains a blog called “The Organic Suburban Farm Girl” where she shares gardening advice, delicious recipes made with fresh, organic ingredients and her escapades as the keeper of both backyard chickens and honeybees!

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