Sunday, February 3, 2013

Homemade Feverfew Tincture

As I mentioned in Health Benefits of Feverfew, the herb/flower Feverfew has been used as a natural remedy for Migraines.

If you have never suffered from migraines, they can be debilitating. If you have, you know what I'm talking about.  The symptoms include headache, nausea and/or vomitting, sensitivity to light and sound, the presence of an aura and blurred vision.  Migraines are can be different for each person. More about Migraines.

I suffered from migraines for 15 years and it was Chiropractic that helped me the most.  I have been migraine free for 5 1/2 years! 
(I'm 30 so that makes my first migraine at 9 1/2 years old)
For some, Feverfew can provide relief from migraine symptoms.  Feverfew has also been used for asthma, arthritis, fever, psoriasis, digestion and menstrual cramp relief.

Remember to Save Your Jars!
If this is your first time making a tincture you might read "What is a Tincture?" Explained.  There are quite a few helpful links and additional recipes.

You'll need:  A clean jar, vodka or everclear, herb(s), measuring cups and/or scale, labels and cheesecloth or strainer.  If you don't have a strainer you can use a funnel with a coffee filter. 

Feverfew Tincture

Herbs, fresh or dried
Alcohol, vodka or Everclear
*DO NOT use rubbing alcohol*

For fresh herbs, chop plant material (stems and leaves) and flowers.
Fill your jar.  For dried herbs, fill half of your jar.

Add enough alcohol to your jar to cover the herbs, plus another inch.  I prefer Everclear, especially for fresh herbs.  Cover with a lid.  Shake every other day.

Label your jar with date and ingredients.  Place in a cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks. Once your tincture is ready, strain through a coffee filter or cheesecloth into a dark (amber) jar.  If you do not have a dark jar, leave in a dark place.

DIY Tincture Kits available @ Mary's Tincture Shop.

Dosage for adults: Take five to 10 drops every 30 minutes at the onset of a migraine. Do not exceed dosage.

Disclaimer:  Not a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history. 

Looking for more Herbal Remedies?

Looking to grow your own?  Mary's got a solution... 
Grow Your Own Herbal "Medicine" Kit.
You can find Feverfew under New Arrivals!

Linking up at the Creative HomeAcre Hop and HERE! 


Sarah Evans said...

This is a great idea. I might well give this a try if I can get my hands on some feverfew herbs.

Thanks so much for linking up :)

Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

mary_smith said...

Thanks Sarah! You can grow them yourself or bey them dried.
Thanks for hosting!

Joyce said...

Thanks to you have some growing right now, pininingggg.

Feral Turtle said...

What an interesting post. Definitely pinning this recipe. Hopefully I can find some Feverfew!

Lisa Lynn said...

Hi Mary!
I need to get busy and make some make them sound so wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!

Sandra LeAnne said...

This is great info. I am very interested in herbal remedies! My daughter gets a lot of headaches, so I am going to try this for her.

Stopping by and following from Mom's Monday Mingle.

Linda Bouffard said...

Interesting. I never even thought of making anything like this. I'd love to have you share this at What to Do weekends. Best wishes Linda

Anne Kimball said...

Hi Mary, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (

Great tutorial for this tonic!

Thanks for linking this up with the MMM!

Nancy said...

Thanks for the post! I have feverfew that has spread all through out my flower beds. I should make some of this and see if it helps me. :)

Kim, Seth, and Moira Fasser said...

What would your recommended dosage for a 10 yo girl be?

Countrified Hicks said...

Great post and information. I would love for you to come over to my blog hop and share this and other posts there!

Sue Boyer said...

I'm a pill pushing nurse but I'm very interested in natural medicine. I would rather take something natural than all those chemicals that give you other problems or side effects.

We may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.

Becca Acker said...

Natural cures for illnesses is the best way to go! :)

Natalie said...

How would you use it for asthma and arthritis? A tea and a balm, respectively? I am so interested in this one.

mary_smith said...

Hi Natalie!!! This feverfew tincture is for ingesting. For asthma or arthritis, you can make a tea or tincture with Feverfew.

Also, you might want the check out the Fresh Basil Tincture and the Cayenne tincture for asthma.

Barb said...

I haven't heard of Everclear. Is it also alcohol-based?

Thanks for sharing this at Fabulously Frugal Thursday.

Lisa Lynn said...

Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop!

Anonymous said...

Mary, I just got some feverfew and tried to make some tea out of it---BLECH! I read somewhere that it helps with tinnitis, which I believe I am experiencing, and so I tried it. However, I believe I will need to make this tincture instead--I just don't think I can hack the bitterness of the herb!

Thanks for sharing at the Farm Girl Blog Fest this week! Such a pleasure to have you with us! :)

~Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You

mary_smith said...

Hi Kristi, I can't hack feverfew by itself either. If you want to try it in a tea, you might add ginger or chamomile. Both have anti-inflammatory properties and might help with the bitterness.
Or, Just make the tincture and you only need to take a little bit at a time.

Michelle {The Purple Pumpkin Blog} said...

Thank you for coming over and sharing this at The Purple Pumpkin Blog Link Party! Hope to see you again next time!

Michelle xx

Chris Coyle said...

I know a few people who suffer from them, and I can't even begin to imagine what they go through. I'd want to chop my head off!! I have never heard of this, but I have heard that for some reason, the scent of granny smith apples can bring some relief. As for chiropractors, I worship my old one! If not for him, I would have had a 3-level fusion in my back years ago! [#TALU]

Anonymous said...

I had a migraine during a nature walk. I didn't hear anything except the term "cures migraines". So I pulled off a couple of leafs and started chewing on them. My migraine went away, but I wouldn't recommend chewing on the leafs like I did. Made me a little TOO relaxed - if you get my drift.

redheaded stepchild said...

im confused now because the first site i looked at stated that feverfew could CAUSE migranes.hmmmmmmm

Mary Smith said...

Hi Redheaded Stepchild!
If you follow the links in our article, we found the beneficial info from the Univ of Maryland's website.
Here's the original link,