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                                             Feverfew

Feverfew Tanacetum parthenium

Family Asteraceae

Common names Batchelor’s Buttons, Featherfew, Febridge Plant, Wild Feverfew.


Description Easy to grow perennial to 1m high with thick foliage of deeply segmented, oblong-ovate, bright green leaves. Terminal clusters of small, white-petalled daisies with yellow centres, are followed by small seed 3mm long. These seeds, if not picked, will fall and self-seed readily. Propagation can also be done by cuttings or root division. The plant will grow in sun or shade, and adapts to a wide range of soils and climates. An attractive plant when in flower, it is often seen in cottage gardens, but performs equally well grown in a large pot. Leaves have a strong, pungent aroma, which appears to be an insect deterrent, making it a practical companion plant. I have never seen insects feeding on feverfew. Try the leaves in garden sprays. Cut flower stems placed in a vase in the house are long lasting and can also act as a fly repellent.


Constituents

 Volatile oil, bitters Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, C Minerals: calcium, cobalt, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, chromium, selenium, silicon, sodium, zinc and very high in iron.


 Actions

 tonic, carminative, emmenagogue, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, vasodilator, anti-microbial, analgesic

Legend says that feverfew saved the life of a craftsman who fell from the Parthenon roof, the Greek temple, during its construction in the 5th century BC. The plant was then honoured with the name parthenium. Since then, this attractive daisy plant has been a ‘life saver’ to thousands of migraine and headache sufferers. In the 1970’s scientific research with double blind, crossover studies verified the potential pain relieving properties of the herb. Chronic migraine and headache sufferers, who had not responded to orthodox treatment, noted a distinct improvement, and many had no further attacks after commencing treatment