Feverfew_thumb

Feverfew 1

Feverfew 2

Feverfew

A dense, perennial flowering plant, that has aromatic, finely cut leaves and clusters of small daisy-like flowers in summer. A tea made from the leaves may relieve migraines and indigestion. Companion plant near fruit trees. Attract bees.

Perennial. H:60cm W:30cm. 12cm, 17cm.


 

Icon_Gardening_B_100_x_100

In the garden:

Growth Characteristics:
• Perennial, Evergreen, Frost hardy.

Height:
• ± 1m; Spread: ±50 cm.

Cultivation:
• Full sun; Well drained, composted soil.

Harvesting:
• Pick fresh leaves and flowers throughout the year.

Companion Planting:
• Attracting Beneficial insects: Bees and is often planted near fruit trees to assist pollination.

Icon_Cosmetic_100_x_100

Cosmetic use:

• Makes a useful moisturiser, helps to reduce freckles and blemishes,
• Flower stems placed in linen closets will discourage moths,
• Flowers add colour to potpourri.

Icon_Medicinal_100_x_100

Health benefits:

Feverfew may be beneficial in the following cases:

General
• To reduce Fevers.

Nervous System
• To prevent Migraine attacks, Headaches,
• Vertigo

Cardiovascular System
• Blood thinner (anti-coagulant), Protects against clot formation.

Digestive system
• Indigestion.

Reproductive System
• Painful, absent or irregular menstruation.

Musculo / Skeletal System
• It may also help ease diseases caused by chronic inflammation, such as arthritis.

Preparation and dosage:
FRESH LEAVES:
• 1 or 2 large, or 3 or 4 small leaves, every day until positive results achieved. Can also be eaten with bread in a sandwich or in mashed banana.

TINCTURE:
• 5-20 drops every 2 hours for acute conditions. Three times daily for chronic.

SIDE EFFECTS / CAUTION:
• Taken as recommended, standardized feverfew causes minimal side effects. Minor side effects may include gastrointestinal upset and nervousness. Chewing feverfew leaves has been known to cause mouth ulcers.
• Feverfew is not recommended during pregnancy or lactation, and should not be used by children under the age of two years. Also not used when taking the contraceprive pill.
• Do not use with other blood thinning medication like Warfarin.