Feverfew

Latin:  Tanacetum parthenium

Family:  Asteraceae

Parts used:  leaves and flowers

Taste/Energetics:  Bitter, acrid, cooling

Properties:  Carminative, emmenagogue, analgesic (often for migraines), anxiolytic, nervous system tonic, antimicrobial, diaphoretic

Actions:  With anti-inflammatory and analgesic constituents, feverfew has long been known to be an herb that is helpful for those with headaches and migraines.  Its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties make it useful for other conditions such as arthritis and neuralgia.  Feverfew is bitter and helps stimulate appetite and improve digestion, helps promote blood flow for women with delayed menstruation and is useful as an herb at the onset of a cold.

In terms of mental health this is useful for those who get migraines, headaches, muscle cramping, anxiety and other tense conditions often due to ongoing stress and tension in life.  Feverfew gently cools and relaxes those who tend to feel tight, frustrated, anxious, bottled in and under pressure but still strong in constitution and not feeble.

Herbalist Lesley Tierra see this herb as interchangeable with Chrysanthemum in that it tends to be helpful for those with “digestive problems, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, rising in the ears, psoriasis, earaches, liver diseases, muscular tension, etc.)

Dosage:  1-3 tsp infused in cup of hot water for 10 minutes to 3 x/day.  1-2 ml tincture to 3 x/day.