A holistic medicine cabinet isn’t complete without feverfew or Tanacetum parthenium L. At first glance, this flowering plant looks like a daisy. And while they are related, feverfew’s health benefits are something special.
It’s also known as bachelor’s buttons. You can find it all over the world, from North America to Chile.
Feverfew is the definition of a multi-tasking herb. Once you learn about these seven health benefits, you’ll want to add it to use it at home.
1. Treats Migraines
Feverfew is best known for its effect on migraines. For centuries, it’s been used as a natural treatment. These anti-migraine benefits come from compounds called sesquiterpene lactones – feverfew’s most active compounds.1
These benefits are so powerful that feverfew is known as ‘the aspirin of the medieval period’.2
2. Relieves Pain
Beyond the head, feverfew can relieve pain in other parts of the body. Its flower extract has been proven to ease abdominal contractions, making it useful for tummy troubles. In fact, feverfew can even help the chemotherapy-induced pain in cancer patients.
3. Eases Depression And Anxiety
If you’re feeling down in the dumps, turn to feverfew. This herb doubles as a natural anti-depressant. According to the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, feverfew acts on the Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) and serotoninergic neurotransmitter systems. These networks are directly related to mood and emotions.
The best part? Feverfew doesn’t have side effects, unlike prescription drugs. Because of these benefits, feverfew may be a viable substitute for antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications.5
4. Reduces Fever
Ancient Greek medicine honors feverfew as an antipyretic or fever reducer. Now, you know where it got the name feverfew!
This benefit stems from the herb’s anti-inflammatory properties. So if you’re feeling under the weather, drink some feverfew tea. You can also use
5. Improves Digestion
As a natural digestive aid, feverfew can save the day. Nausea, gas, and constipation can all be cured by drinking its tea. It’s also used for spasms, making it ideal for an upset stomach.7
6. Regulates Menstruation
Is your period unpredictable? Use feverfew. As an emmenagogue, this herb has the ability to increase or stimulate menstrual flow. This way, you can prepare yourself every month.
Don’t forget that it can relieve menstrual pain, too. It doubles as a natural, non-toxic alternative to over-the-counter pills.8
7. Enhances Skin Health
On the skin, feverfew cures dermatitis and psoriasis. It can even treat insect bites by preventing inflammation and irritation.9 Additional benefits include protection from ultraviolet rays and fewer sunburn symptoms.10
How To Use
To use feverfew essential oil, dilute five drops in a carrier oil like coconut, avocado, or grapeseed oil. This will reduce the oil’s concentration to a safer, gentler level.
To prepare feverfew tea, steep 2 to 3 leaves in hot water. If
Feverfew is also available in pill form. Always follow the package’s directions.
Feverfew is a part of the daisy family. If you’re allergic to asters, daisies, chamomile, or ragweed, you might have an adverse reaction to feverfew.11
If you’re pregnant, do not use feverfew. Its emmenagogue potential can be harmful to your baby. You should also avoid this herb if you’re currently lactating.
|↑1, ↑4||Studzińska-Sroka, E., P. Znajdek-Awizeń, and A. Gawron-Gzella. “Studies on the antimigraine action of Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium (L.) Sch. Bip.).” Wiadomosci lekarskie (Warsaw, Poland: 1960) 66, no. 2 Pt 2 (2012): 195-199.|
|↑2||Pareek, Anil, Manish Suthar, Garvendra S.
|↑3||Mannelli, Lorenzo Di-Cesare, Barbara Tenci, Matteo Zanardelli, Anna Maidecchi, Andrea Lugli, Luisa Mattoli, and Carla Ghelardini. “Widespread pain reliever profile of a flower extract of Tanacetum parthenium.” Phytomedicine 22, no. 7 (2015): 752-758.|
|↑5||Cárdenas, Jorge, Valeria Reyes-Pérez, María Dolores Hernández-Navarro, Ana María Dorantes-Barrón, Salvador Almazán, and Rosa Estrada-Reyes. “Anxiolytic-and antidepressant-like effects of an aqueous extract of Tanacetum parthenium L. Schultz-Bip (Asteraceae) in mice.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology 200 (2017): 22-30.|
|↑6, ↑7, ↑9||Pareek, Anil, Manish Suthar, Garvendra S. Rathore, and Vijay Bansal. “Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium L.): A systematic review.” Pharmacognosy reviews 5, no. 9 (2011): 103.|
|↑8||Pareek, Anil, Manish Suthar,
|↑10||Martin, Katharine, Runa Sur, Frank Liebel, Neena Tierney, Peter Lyte, Michelle Garay, Thierry Oddos, Mike Anthonavage, Stan Shapiro, and Michael Southall. “Parthenolide-depleted Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) protects skin from UV irradiation and external aggression.” Archives of dermatological research 300, no. 2 (2008): 69-80.|
|↑11||German chamomile. University of Maryland Medical Center.|