Habitat & Cultivation : Originating from south-eastern Europe, feverfew has become widespread across Europe, Australia, and North America. Propagation can be achieved through seed or cuttings, with a preference for well-drained soil and exposure to sunlight. Leaves are harvested as needed, while the entire aerial parts are typically gathered in the summer when the plant is in bloom.
- Volatile oil (alpha-pinene)
- Sesquiterpene lactones (parthenolide)
- Sesquiterpenes (camphor)
- Reduces fever
- Promotes menstrual flow
- Migraine : In 1973, when a Welsh doctor’s wife successfully concluded her 50-year battle with migraines using a regimen of feverfew, it prompted a thorough scientific inquiry. Subsequent clinical trials in Britain during the 1980s established the herb’s efficacy in alleviating migraines. Further investigations conducted across Europe, including a 2006 trial that incorporated feverfew and willow bark, provide additional evidence supporting feverfew’s capacity to address migraines. These trials suggest that optimal results may require long-term use of feverfew, spanning six months or more.
- Rheumatoid arthritis : Feverfew’s effectiveness in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis is being investigated.
Traditional & Current Uses
- Fevers : As its name implies, feverfew may be used to lower temperature and cool the body.
- Gynecological uses : The herb has been used since Roman times to induce menstruation. It is also given in childbirth to aid expulsion of the placenta.
- Migraine & headaches : In modest doses, feverfew is currently employed as a preventive measure for migraines. Consistent and timely consumption is essential, particularly at the onset of any signs of an impending attack. The herb proves beneficial for migraines linked to menstruation and is also effective in addressing headaches.
- Arthritis remedy : The herb can help arthritic and rheumatic pain, especially with other herbs.