Latin name: Tanacetum parthenium
Health Benefits of Feverfew Powder
Feverfew is most commonly used for headache, migraines, inflammation, and stress-related tension. No herb rivals Feverfew for headache. Health benefits include:
- Contains substances that have been proven scientifically to help dramatically in some cases of migraine, arthritis pain, rheumatism, and muscle spasms. It may be more effective than other NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) like aspirin. Its action is simular to that of aspirin, with a stronger but slower effect.
- Inhibits the production of prostaglandins that are implicated in inflammation, swelling, and PMS.
- Though fallen out of favor as a fever reducer, it may have some effect when taken as a syrup to reduce the discomfort of colds, flu, wheezing, asthma, and breathing difficulties. It is said to be great for the aforementioned when mixed with honey and sugar to create a concoction.
- Has been known to simulate appetite.
- Externally, the flowers or leaves immersed in water can help in cases of sore feet or foot swelling.
- Relieves pain and swelling from stings or bites when used immediately.
How to Use Feverfew Powder
- You can use in encapsulated form, internally.
- Use externally as a poultice or in water for soaking as mentioned above.
- Feverfew is far more effective when taken over a period of 1 to 3 months as a preventative.
Cautions and Side Effects of Feverfew Powder
- Do not take if you are using other anti-coagulant drugs or have a bleeding disorder.
- Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing.
- May stimulate the menstrual cycle.