Feverfew is a European perennial herb. It gets its name from the word 'febrifuge', which means 'fever reducer'. It is widely grown throughout the European continent, North America, and Australia. Its scientific name is Tanacetum parthenium. The plant produces lovely, aromatic blossoms, which are yellowish-white in color. It is believed that these flowers have the ability to purify air.
Properties and Benefits
Anti-inflammatory by nature, this herb is an anthelmintic as well. It helps in eliminating the parasitic worms. It is also used as a digestive bitter. Apart from these properties, it is also believed to possess vasodilatory and uterine stimulant qualities.
It is believed that the use of feverfew extract can prove beneficial in the treatment of migraines. It is believed that relief from spasms in smooth muscle tissue might be due to the presence of a substance called parthenolide. This might help in providing relief from migraines.
Apart from dealing with fever and headaches, it is believed that its use might prove to be beneficial in the treatment of :
- Menstrual irregularities
- Parasitic infections
Though there's evidence that it might help people affected by migraines, there's insufficient evidence to rate its effectiveness in treating the aforementioned conditions.
The short-term use of this extract is less likely to cause adverse effects. It would be best to use it up to a period of 4 months. Side effects of this herb include:
- Ulcers in the mouth (usually occurs because of chewing fresh leaves
- Taste disorders
- Swelling of mouth or lips
- Pain in the abdominal area
It would be best to use this extract for a short duration. Consult a doctor, if you develop an allergic reaction. People who are vulnerable to bleeding easily, or those who are on blood-thinning medications, must abstain from using feverfew extract. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers must refrain from using it. People who are allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, etc., could develop an allergic reaction, and must therefore consult their healthcare provider before taking this extract.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of an herbal practitioner.