Herbs, Oils and Nature: Feverfew

The name came from the Latin word “febris” for fever and “fugure” meaning to chase away. No wonder this delicate and festidious feverfew flowers and leaves are marvelously effective for preventing and relieving headaches and migraines.

Although, how this plant does prevent headaches and migraines is still not completely understood. A review of some published clinical trials suggests that the majority favored feverfew over placebo for the prevention of migraines.

A few people have experienced any side effects and most of it are associated with chewing its leaves. I guess the general rule for unknown, untried leaf or any foreign botanical part is to pat the it on your edges of your lips first because they are sensitive, wait for few minutes for reactions. If it becomes itchy and a reaction became known, you may be allergic to the leaf, not necessarily the feverfew, or the leaf/plant part  itself could be poisonous. However, clinical trials have shown that the proper way of using feverfew is safe and well-tolerated.

How to use fresh feverfew leaf? Two (2) leaves chewed daily to ward off migraines. But, as I mentioned earlier, the fresh leaf can cause mouth ulcers.


feverfew flower field


Interestingly, the finely cut leaves and upright stems of feverfew exudes a strong aroma that bees do not like.

As a precaution, always check with your doctor if using herbs, oils and other products are right for you before trying them out.

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