Saturday, February 2, 2013

Health Benefits of Feverfew

Before I get into any more tincture recipes I thought I'd share another one of my favorite herbs.  Feverfew is actually a flowering plant.  It can be grown for it's medicinal properties or as an ornamental.
Feverfew, a New Arrival!
The word "feverfew" derives from the Latin word febrifugia, meaning "fever reducer."
Feverfew is used most often today to treat migraine headaches. [UMM]

Feverfew has also be used for Asthma, Arthritis, Psoriasis, digestion and Menstrual cramps.

From Mary's Heirloom Seeds 
Chrysanthemum Parthenium Feverfew is easily grown from herb seeds, and it is a hardy perennial with deeply cut leaves and lovely daisy-like blooms that measure 3/4 inch across. It is native to Southern Europe, but today it can be found in many areas of the world. A synonymous botanical name is Tanacetum Parthenium.

Feverfew is a medicinal herb with a long history of use. The leaves are dried and used as an herbal remedy for migraine headaches. The Feverfew herb contains parthenolide which can relieve mild spasms and is an anti-inflammatory. Some people take it to relieve the pain of rheumatoid arthritis.

To grow Feverfew:
Germination: 7-14 days
Start seeds indoors in colder climates.

Transplant once first true leaves are developed. Give each plant around 8-12" of space once started and thin as needed. Feverfew will readily self-sow after going to seed.

Soil should be well-drained and moderate.  
From Seed to Harvest is approximately 85 days.

I'm currently working on a "herbal reading list" for just about anyone interested in growing, eating and using herbs.  Stay tuned!

DIY Feverfew Tincture Kits now Available @ Mary's Heirloom Seeds 

DIY Tincture kits include:
1 - 32 ounce Glass Jar with lid, 1 - 2 ounce Amber Bottle with dropper top,  2 customizable labels, 1 ounce of Organic Herbs (additional herbs available) 
and Detailed Instructions

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mail4rosey said...

Lots of good information here, and this is the first I've heard of it...and its use for migraines. I've developed a pattern of getting those over the last few years, ugh, and they are just no fun at all!

Kelly ~ Our Everyday Harvest said...

Great post! We keep Feverfew in the medicine cabinet for headaches.

So happy to have you link up at this week’s Harvest of Friends Weekend Blog Hop!

Kelly Blackwell @ Heres My Take On It said...

I love your posts. I have never heard of Ferfew. I'm going to see if there is a way we can get to working on this. I really want to take more natural approaches. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Our Everyday Harvest's weekend hop. Have a great weekend!

Mary Smith said...

Thank you all for stopping by! Don't forget to check out Mary's Heirloom Seeds for organic, heirloom herb and veggie seeds.
Happy Saturday!

Lisa Lynn said...

Feverfew is such a pretty flower too...great in an ornamental planting! Thanks so much for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!

Unknown said...

Just last year I got my first migraine and it lasted for FIVE days! It was wild... I tried so many things and the one that helped most of all was feverfew in capsule form! This year I will definitely be growing some.

Angie G. said...

Hello! I really did learn something new today. I look forward to more; I truly believe that we are an over-medicated society. I am your newest follower (GFC), and found you via 'Creative Mondays'. I hope you have a great day!
Angie G.

Maureen Wyatt said...

As someone who reacts to chemical meds, I need all the natural remedies I can find. Thanks for the info!

Unknown said...

I am thinking that maybe I should add some feverfew to my flower/herb garden this year. Between my oldest who suffers from migraines and my high blood pressure, it sounds like it would be a perfect addition!

Thanks for sharing and participating in our Healthy Tuesdays Blog Hop.
Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

I Gotta Try That said...

I use herbs all the time. Never heard of this one. I wouldn't grow it myself because it would die. :) But I will definitely have to try it.
Thanks for sharing.
I Gotta Try That

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Thanks for the great information!

Love, Live and Garden! said...

This is a good reminder that I need to grow feverfew again. I had grown it in my rose garden and it got out of control big so I took it out. I do love to grow healing herbs though. I will have to give it another shot in another spot. Thanks for the reminder!

Lisa Lynn said...

Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you are posting on Feverfew, Mary, because I just bought a pound of it and wasn't sure exactly what I was going to do with it. Thanks!

And thanks for sharing on the Farm Girl Blog Fest!

~Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You

Jami said...

Love all of the information in your posts!! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing at The Blackberry Vine!!! Hope you'll stop by often!!