Information on Feverfew

Latin NameTanacetum parthenium
Other NamesChrysanthemum parthenium
Part UsedLeaf, Flowers
Herb FormsTablet, capsule, tincture, bulk herb.
AffectsImmune system
CautionsSome people have experienced mouth ulceration from eating fresh leaves. Avoid use of this herb during pregnancy.
Botanical InfoA common aromatic garden plant of the Aster family with delicate leaves and small daisy-like flowers with white petals and a yellow center.
DescriptionFeverfew is commonly used in Europe for its anti-inflammatory properties; it is mainly recommended for migraine headaches and arthritis. Double-blind studies conducted with feverfew support its effectiveness for these conditions. It has also been used for psoriasis and premenstrual syndrome, as well as for colds, fever, and flu. It moves the blood and stimulates the appetite.

Feverfew has a taste of BITTER, AROMATIC and a temperature of COOL.


Powder3-6 capsules daily
Tincture1-2 droppersful 2 x daily

Ailments Treated by Feverfew

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Arthritisantiinflammatorytablet, capsule, fresh leaf, tincture
Migraine headacheanti-inflammatorytincture, tablet, capsule, fresh leaf


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