Feverfew ( migraine Headache Tea) 32 g.
Feverfew is a bright, cheery flower with a long stem, yellow bee, and white petals. The feverfew is part of the daisy family and goes by the monikers of wild chamomile, featherfew, and bachelor’s buttons as well. The flower is native to the Balkans, but due to its therapeutic properties, feverfew now grows in commercial herbal operations all over the world.
Feverfew has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties, and it’s a natural sedative with similar effects to chamomile. Supplement manufacturers offer feverfew as an herbal tea, and as a crushed powder or essential oil extract. You can use the remedy to resolve many ailments.
Feverfew gets its medicinal value from its high polyphenol content, including the sesquiterpene lactones, which include parthenolide. Parthenolide is a potent anti-inflammatory compound with cancer-fighting properties. Feverfew also contains the volatile oil, camphor – which has excellent anti-bacterial properties.
Feverfew is also known as “medieval aspirin,” for its use in treating symptoms of disease and infection during the Medieval ages. Here are eight benefits of feverfew for the modern era.
Halt Migraines and Headaches
Feverfew has historical use as a natural painkiller for resolving the effects of headaches and migraines. Studies show that supplementing with feverfew reduces the intensity and duration.
Headaches come in different categories, each with their unique effects. For people that suffer from tension headaches and migraines, they typically find that medication has little effect on reducing the pain.
Headaches can occur due to changes in blood pressure, as well as an increase in intracranial pressure. As tension rises in the fluids surrounding the brain, it leads to the onset of inflammation, and the start of a headache.
People who regularly suffer from headaches should consider supplementing with feverfew in the form of tea or extract. Studies show that drinking a cup of feverfew tea each evening reduces the frequency of migraines in sensitive patients.
Parthenolide is the active ingredient found in feverfew that blocks pain in the nervous system, reducing the symptoms of headache.
Traditional healers rely on the anti-inflammatory properties of feverfew in relieving symptoms of swelling and fever associated with the disease. The Greeks were the first to recognize feverfew for its anti-inflammatory properties, with Pedanius Dioscorides describing it as the ideal treatment for “all hot inflammations and hot swellings.”
Feverfew gets its potent anti-inflammatory benefits from the presence of parthenolide, which decreases the production of inflammatory cytokines while improving liver function.
Animal studies on the effects of feverfew in mice show that the flower is effective at treating inflammation associated with encephalitis, and multiple sclerosis. Further research shows it also reduces signs of inflammatory bowel disease, and joint inflammation as well.
To soothe the signs of inflammation, we recommend you drink a few cups of feverfew tea each day. Patients who experience frequent bouts of inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, may benefit from including the extracted oil in their supplement program.
- Anti-Bacterial Properties
Bacterial infections are typically challenging for people to get over. Diseases like pneumonia and Staph infection are the result of aggressive strains of bacteria, that could have life-threatening effects on patients.
Bacteria become most active during the change in seasons during the summer to fall and winter to spring. During this period, viruses and bacteria floating around the air, attaching to duct and pollen particles when we breathe them into our mouth and lungs.