Feverfew – also commonly known as Bachelor’s Buttons – is a perennial plant often cultivated for ornamental purposes, and only rarely found in the wild. It is native to southern Europe and the Caucasus region of the southwest Soviet Union, and was introduced to America by early English colonists. It gives off an odor which bees steer away from due to a suspected pyrethrin content, a known insecticide. Feverfew contains niacin and iron, and provides nutrition to the central nervous system.
- Supports the central nervous system.
- Offers structural support for the body, particularly the joints.
- Promotes the natural balance of prostaglandin and serotonin levels.
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How Does it Work?
Feverfew supports the body’s efforts to balance levels of prostaglandins and serotonin. Imbalanced (high) levels of these two natural chemicals may lead to physical reactions associated with discomfort. Prostaglandins monitor inflammation levels in the body, and serotonin (produced by blood platelets) constricts and then dilates arteries, altering blood flow.
Researchers have confirmed feverfew’s ability to support the body’s efforts in regulating the formation of prostaglandins. Feverfew also helps keep the blood slippery, less likely to clot. This may play a part in at least some nervous system reactions. Furthermore, feverfew has been shown to help prevent the release of enzymes and histamines from immune cells. This trait may explain the herb’s traditional use for supporting joint health and comfort.
Description: Feverfew is a bushy perennial which grows one to three feet high. Closely resembling is relative chrysanthemum, this plant blossoms between June and August in clusters of small, daisy-like flowers. With yellow-green leaves formed like miniature oak leaves, feverfew is highly favored as an ornament in private gardens. The herb, a native of southeastern Europe and Asia Minor, is somewhat rare in the wild; it can, however, still be found growing in the temperate regions of much of Europe and North America.
History: The ancient Greek physicians prescribed feverfew for menstrual and birth-related problems. Some consider its common name to be a corruption of the Latin word febrifugia, a reference to the plant’s former use as a fever-reducing medicine, or “febrifuge”. Feverfew’s later reputation as a fever remedy in Europe `nay have been due more to its name than to any actual healing properties. Many people planted the strong smelling herb around their houses in hopes of warding off malaria by purifying the air. For a time it was associated with the successful malaria treatment quinine, even picking up the name “wild quinine.” Since the seventeenth century feverfew has been prescribed for headaches, and it is in this area that the herb has acquired most of its modern acclaim.
Modern Uses: Feverfew has come to be used to treat most of the same disorders treated by aspirin, including migraine headaches, fever, and arthritis. Its leaves are rich in a group of chemicals called sesquiterpene lactones. These bitter compounds have been have been found to produce a variety of beneficial effects. They inhibit prostaglandin synthesis (which leads to smooth muscle contraction), decrease the rate of platelet aggregation blood clotting), inhibit histamine release from immune cells, and have even been found to have mild sedative properties. Feverfew also contains a parthenolide component, and some researchers have described a mildly euphoric state resulting from the serotonin inhibiting action caused by this chemical. Feverfew infusions have also been found to act as a nervine tonic, offering helpful benefits in cases of hysteria. Feverfew’s most popular use is as a headache reliever. This effect is most likely due to the herb’s blood clot inhibiting action (platelet aggregation is thought to play a role in some forms of migraine) and the anti-inflammatory and antihistamine (histamines create inflammation and constrict blood vessels) properties of the prostaglandins. Others have found feverfew to be effective in treating high blood pressure, digestive disorders (acting much like its close relative, chamomile, in calming the smooth muscles of the digestive tract), and in relieving menstrual cramps. The herb is a good source of niacin, and contains other trace minerals such as magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and thiamin.
Recommendations: Although chewing the fresh or frozen leaves of this herb delivers quite effective results, most people find them too bitter, and enjoy taking the herb in capsule form. The leaves and/or capsules offer best relief for headaches, while taking feverfew in an infusion provides several its other healing benefits, including lowering blood pressure, aiding digestion, relieving menstrual complaints, and generally soothing the nerves.