Botanical Name: Tanacetum parthenium
Family Name: Asteraceae
Feverfew is native to the Balkan Mountains of Eastern Europe and is a member of the Daisy family. Its numerous, daisy-like, white and yellow flowers and dark green foliage have made it a favorite plant of many gardeners. It is a short, bushy, aromatic perennial that grows 10-40” in height and has yellow-green leaves that are usually less than 3” in length. Its yellow flowers bloom from July to October and are about 1” in diameter. They resemble those of chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla), for which they are sometimes confused, and have a single layer of white outer-ray florets.
Feverfew, also known as “medieval aspirin” or the “aspirin” of the 18th century, is a medicinal plant traditionally used for the treatment of fevers, migraine headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, menstrual irregularities, and infertility. Because Feverfew has been shown to reduce prostaglandin production, it may be helpful in easing menstrual cramps. The name feverfew stems from the Latin word febrifugia, or “fever reducer”. If you have feverfew growing in your garden, chew 2-3 fresh leaves to ward off migraines. The herb is typically tinctured, steeped as feverfew tea, or employed topically.
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