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 first a wife to her best friend Ryan, homeschool mom of 7 awesome kids, Holistic Health Practitioner in the state of Utah and Traditional Naturopath outside of the state of Utah, master gardener, yoga/pilates instructor, certified clinical and master herbalist, licensed massage therapist, and doula. She is a very passionate advocate of all things Mother Nature! Emily maintains a blog called “The Organic Farm Girl” where she shares gardening advice, delicious recipes made with fresh, organic ingredients, herbal and natural home care product recipes and loves teaching classes on gardening, plant identification and herbal remedy workshops. Check out the events and classes page for more info.

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