Common names: Feverfew, Midsummer Daisy, Batchelor's Buttons, Flirtwort
Parts used: Leaves and aerial parts when in flower.
Habitat: Originally native to south eastern Europe and temperate Asia, now naturalised throughout Australia, North America and Europe as a common garden plant. Prefers sun, drought and frost resistant.
Constituents: Volatile oil containing pinene, limolene, camphor and others. Sesquiterpene lactones including parthenolide which appears to inhibit release of serotonin, which can trigger migraine. Flavonoids, including kaempherol, quercetin, apigenin, luteolin and others. Vitamins A, B1, B2, C, high amounts of iron, manganese, phosphorous, chromium, selenium, calcium, potassium.
Actions: Migraine prophylactic, Anti-inflammatory, Stomachic, Anti-pyretic, Anthelmintic, Antirheumatic
History, folklore, taste and energetics: The plant is aromatic and very bitter tasting. Traditionally used as an enlivening tension relieving plant to eat one fresh leaf a day, but avoid eating the fresh plant on an empty stomach, it may cause mouth ulcers in some people.
Traditional and current uses:
• Migraine prevention
• Tension-type headaches
• Traditionally used as an enlivening, tension-relieving tonic by eating one fresh leaf a day possibly added to a salad or sandwich. Avoid eating the fresh plant on an empty stomach, it may cause mouth ulcers in some people.
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