All about the Feverfew Plant
Most people have never heard of a feverfew plant. If you can count yourself in that number, read on, as we have lots of information right here that can tell you what the plant is, many of its uses, and how to grow it. The feverfew plant is one of those plants that can grow absolutely anywhere, inside or outside. It can even make its way through the cracks in sidewalks, pavement and stone walls.
The feverfew plant has serrated green leaves and grows to a height anywhere between nine inches and two feet. Its scientific name is Chrysanthemym parthenbium. People have referred to it as featherfoil, featherfew, bachelor’s buttons (not Centaurea cyanis) wild chamomile and bride’s button. It grows an abundance of white flowers with yellow centers which look a lot like daisies. If you are growing the feverfew plant for medicinal use, you should cut off the flowers to encourage further development of the leaves.
Feverfew is considered a perennial because it reseeds itself each year. If you want to grow the plant, you can buy seeds, or if you have a friend who has the plant, the roots can be divided and planted as well. The best time to start the plant outside is in the early summer. The feverfew plant needs to be placed in a spot where it will get full sunlight.
People use this plant in potpourri by drying the leaves. If you want to use this plant to treat health problems you should consult an herbalist for the proper doses. Also let your doctor know you are using the herb, especially if you are taking prescription medication. Tinctures and tablets are the method to use the herb medicinally. One of the ways it helps people the most is through its use to prevent migraines and headaches. Studies show that it is effective in this usage but that it does not help with migraines once they have presented themselves. It is effective only as a preventative measure.
The feverfew plant can be effective against the inflammation of joints that comes with arthritis. It works in the same way as aspirin, but studies have shown that it may be a little more effective than aspirin when it comes to swollen joints. Feverfew has also been proven helpful in treating muscle pain and digestive complaints. Some women have used the plant to help with the pain of menstrual cramps with success, but anyone who is pregnant or thinks they could become pregnant should not use or ingest the chemicals from this plant.
That’s because the feverfew plant affects the body’s prostaglandin production. Women who are pregnant could miscarry from this change in prostaglandin. Feverfew tastes quite bitter and some people have trouble eating the leaves. Others have gotten sores in their mouths from chewing the leaves. If this is bothersome for you, you can try feverfew in capsule form, which is available at health food stores.
Many herbs are excellent treatments for the same conditions for which people take prescription drugs. But, always be aware of the possible side effects when you use herbal medicines. And, if the side effects are bothersome, stop using the treatment.
If you do decide to grow feverfew in your garden, you can benefit doubly from the positive effects of the plant because it is also a good deterrent for some kinds of insects. Just as you can use it inside your home to discourage house moths, you can also plant feverfew near plants that are bothered by aphids and it will draw them away. Some of the cultivars of feverfew can have double or entirely yellow flowers if you don’t like the daisy-like look.