Feverfew is known with treating headaches and migraines and can also be used as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis and to relieve nerve pain such as in shingles and sciatica. Due to it’s antihistamine action, it can also relive mild allergy symptoms. It is a general substitute for ailments cured with aspirin and also for toothaches, rheumatism, asthma, and stomachache. The herb has been used since ancient times to lower fever and treat nervous and menstrual disorders, depression and pain. It has been used for nausea, vomiting, inducing sleep, digestion, asthma attacks, dizziness, tinnitus, arthritis, psoriasis, eczema, menstrual cramps and prostate problems. Feverfew influences the circulation of the skin, nervous system, genitor-urinary organs, relieves the head of dizziness, brain, nerve pressure, hysteria and tensions of over-excitement. It has also been beneficial for colic, flatulence, general indigestion, colds, suppressed urine, expelling worms and St. Vitus Dance. Feverfew, as a febrifuge, has been used to lower fever and “cool” the body since ancient times.
This herb has undergone extensive scientific investigation. Seventy percent of the patients in these studies report fewer attacks of migraines and less painful attacks. In several studies, both the frequency and the severity of migraines were reduced among participants who took Feverfew daily as a preventative measure. Researchers believe that Feverfew prevents the spasms of blood vessels in the head that trigger migraines. It may be more effective than other non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, like aspirin. Magnesium, found in Feverfew extract, is an essential element responsible for hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body. The herb works to inhibit serotonin and prostaglandins, both believed to contribute to the onset of migraines. Other studies speculate that Feverfew leaf extract’s high concentration of melatonin may be the factor that is effective against migraine headaches.
Taking Feverfew tincture may help to bring on the menstrual cycle. The herb has been used traditionally to regulate menstrual disorders and induces miscarriage or abortion if taken during pregnancy. This herb should be avoided you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. By inhibiting two inflammatory substances, menstrual cramps may be eased with the use of Feverfew. While more research is required, there’s no harm in starting to take Feverfew a day before you anticipate that your menstrual cramps will begin.
Rheumatoid arthritis has been found to benefit the most from the use of Feverfew leaf tinctures. As an anti-inflammatory. It is thought to be similar to aspirin in the way it reduces inflammation. Aspirin works by blocking the production of prostaglandins, which cause inflammation, among many other functions. Feverfew works to inhibit the production of prostaglandins.
Additional benefits include lower blood pressure, reducing abdominal pain and stomach irritation. Feverfew is a mild laxative, and it is also used to help relieve gas and bloating. Feverfew has been used to stimulate appetite, and improve digestion and kidney function.
Feverfew is a mild sedative and antispasmodic that will help relieve muscle spasms. It has been used by herbalists to treat hysteria, DTs, nervousness, and low spirits. It is also a stress buster, to relieve tension.
Research supports the use of Feverfew liquid extract and other herbs for treating rosacea and psoriasis. This herb’s anti-inflammatory properties may help to improve certain skin problems. Feverfew has a strong and lasting odor that is considered an insect repellent. The tincture of Feverfew herb has also shown to be effective for relieving the pain and swelling caused by the bites of insects and vermin.
Nutrients: Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, and C.
Ingredients: Feverfew Leaf, Distilled Water, 30% Alcohol.
Instructions: Use 6-12 drops in juice or water, under the tongue or as desired. May be taken 3 times daily. Shake well. Store in cool dark place. Keep out of reach of children.A tincture made from Feverfew and applied locally immediately relieves the pain and swelling caused by bites of insects and vermin. It is said that if two teaspoonfuls of tincture are mixed with 1/2 pint of cold water, and all parts of the body likely to be exposed to the bites of insects are freely sponged with it, they will remain unassailable. A tincture of the leaves of the true Chamomile and of the German Chamomile will have the same effect
Contraindications: Those who are allergic to daisies/ragweed/sunflowers should avoid Feverfew. People taking blood thinners (Coumadin/aspirin, etc.) should not take Feverfew, nor should it be administered to children under five years. Pregnant and nursing women should not use Feverfew. Taking Feverfew with prescription pain relievers or ibuprofen may increase the chance of side effects including upset stomach, heartburn, dizziness, and ringing in the ears. Minor side effects may include gastrointestinal upset, diarrhea, and nervousness. Feverfew can cause stomach upset. Chewing the raw leaves, day after day, can irritate the mouth, but the irritation subsides once you stop chewing the leaves. Tinctures and capsules do not irritate the mouth. Using the fresh plant also can cause a skin rash. Since feverfew relaxes blood vessels, it can increase blood flow during menstruation