Feverfew (Tanacetum Parthenium)
The feverfew plant (Tanacetum parthenium) is a small shrub with daisy-like blossoms that is endemic to the Balkan Mountains of Eastern Europe and belongs to the Asteraceae or Compositae family. It has now spread over Europe, North America, and South America.
The Latin word "febrifugia" means "fever reliever," which is how feverfew got its name. Dioscorides, a first-century Greek physician, recommended the plant for "all heated inflammations." In fact, it's been widely dubbed "medieval aspirin".
Fevers, headaches, stomachaches, toothaches, bug stings, infertility, and issues with menstruation and labor during childbirth have all been treated with this plant for generations.
Feverfew use has been shown to lessen the frequency of migraine headaches and its symptoms, such as discomfort, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and noise.
It is also considered to inhibit the formation of prostaglandins, which are hormone-like chemicals that induce inflammation and discomfort, and is even a powerful anti-inflammatory that helps to relieve redness, rashes, and dermatitis while also enhancing skin look. It furthermore protects the skin from UV radiation naturally.
Finally, studies suggest that feverfew has antithrombotic properties. As an antithrombotic agent, it can help prevent blood clots from forming and developing, lowering the chance of mortality from a heart attack or stroke!
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!