Trying This Ancient Herb Can Relieve Your Next Migraine
Learn how feverfew migraine treatment is one of the most powerful herbal remedies. The feverfew plant is a potent herb which can cure the most painful of headaches, just one of the many feverfew benefits.
We’ll also cover feverfew plant identification so you know what it looks like when you find it.
What is the Feverfew Plant?
In the garden, tiny white daisies with yellow centers and vivid green leaves and stems look delicate and pretty. These little flowers are called many names; Bachelor’s Buttons, Featherfew, Featherfoil, Flirtwort and most commonly, Feverfew. There are multiple different species of feverfew. The scientific names for this herb are in the parthenium strain; Chrysanthemum Parthenium, Pyrethrum Parthenium, and Tanacetum parthenium just to name a few.
The leaves of the feverfew plant are used to make the medicine that heals headaches. They can be used dried or fresh, and typically are packaged as capsules for headache remedy.
It’s very important to be able to identify the feverfew plant because it looks very similar to the plants German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). Their flowers look quite similar to one another. The main differences between them are that the leaves of both chamomile species are much more finely divided. Chamomile is an annual while the feverfew plant is a perennial. Another difference is that chamomile can grow up to 2 feet tall whereas feverfew can grow up to 3 feet tall.
What is a Migraine?
A migraine is an incredibly intense throbbing headache. The deep pulsating pain of a migraine can be felt above or behind the eye or at the back or side of the head. It can be a very all-encompassing experience. There are other signs that come along with them including nausea, blurry vision, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, and sensitivity to sound, light or movement. Some people can see bright lights or sparks, flashes or stars before the onset of a migraine.
Feverfew Migraine Remedy
Chewing Dry Leaves
The simplest of all feverfew migraine remedies is to chew up 2 – 3 dry leaves when you feel a migraine coming on. Do not chew up fresh, raw leaves. The fresh, raw leaves can aggravate your mouth, cause swelling or a skin rash and cause you to lose your sense of taste. So it’s best to chew them dry.
Another great feverfew migraine treatment is a feverfew tincture. This is a liquid extract in which you are pulling out the medicinal properties of a plant. It is done with glycerin syrup or alcohol (80 proof vodka or brandy). This is a way to get the best feverfew benefits. Gather the fresh leaves or use the dried leaves of the feverfew plant and wash them clean. Fresh leaves are better. Chop them up and put them in a half pint glass jar. Fill the jar with glycerin syrup or vodka. Make sure you cover the leaves entirely and cap tightly. Shake occasionally and store for 3 – 6 weeks in a cool, dry place away from sunny exposure.
It’s important to keep your tincture away from heat as the medicinal property in feverfew, parthenolide, will be destroyed if exposed to heat. This is true for drying the leaves for tea of for any other drying or preparations of the feverfew plant.
After 3 – 6 weeks strain the leaves from the liquid and pour into a clean and sterilized glass jar, bottle or droppers extract bottle. Your long awaited medicine is ready! Take 20 – 30 drops a day. It could be that only one dose is what will reduce the migraine but you can take it up to 3 – 5 times per day if needed and be ready to receive all the feverfew benefits for your migraine.
Feverfew Leaf Capsules
You can also make your own dried feverfew leaf capsules. It’s easy. All you do is gather the fresh leaves and lay them out to dry. Make sure that the leaves lay separate from each other. When they are fully dry, take 2 – 3 dry leaves at a time and crush them up until they turn to the finest particles.
Then get dry gel capsules, fill them with the dried feverfew leaves and close them up. Gel capsules when opened are two pieces and once filled, close together one slipping inside the other. The volume of the leaves will dramatically reduce once ground up. Please be sure you only put 2 – 3 dried leaves in a capsule. You should be only ingesting 2 – 3 dried leaves at a time in the form of capsules.
Feverfew Leaf Infusion
For another great feverfew migraine remedy, brew up an infusion of feverfew leaf. While it is bitter in taste, I would rather have that than a long standing migraine. You can add honey to the tea to make it more favorable and/or drink the tea in combination with eating some food. While bitter flavors are not that popular in our modern culture, bitters are actually a tonic that boosts and stimulates the body as a whole.
Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 Tbsp. fresh or dried feverfew leaves and steep for 30 – 60 minutes. The longer you let it steep, the stronger the medicinal tea.
Feverfew Herbal Tea Blends
Herbal tea blends are also great feverfew migraine remedies. Take feverfew (2 – 3 fresh or dried leaves) in combination with a small handful of lavender flowers, chamomile flowers and lemon balm leaves and prepare the same way as the above feverfew leaf infusion mentioned above. You can drink these medicinal teas at the onset of a migraine or every 30 – 60 minutes until the migraine is relieved.
Feverfew will definitely help reduce the pain of a migraine however taking it regularly will keep a migraine at bay. It’s a preventative medicine if you take it for 1 – 3 months regularly. You can think of it like aspirin but with a more potent yet slower impact. Consult a doctor if you see side effects from taking it or if you have any concerns about taking it.
Other Feverfew Benefits
There are many feverfew benefits that are being recognized in medical research today. It has been shown that the feverfew plant can reduce the regularity rates of migraine attacks and/or cause them to be less painful.
It can also reduce the dizziness that comes along with migraines. When a person gets stomach sensitivity or the feeling of nausea and vomiting surfaces, this amazing herbal wonder is a soothing balm to relieve all that.
As well, feverfew has been known to inhibit cancer, lower blood pressure, improve digestion, and be a great insect repellent and thus, can keep insects like mosquitoes out of the garden and away from you, too!
There are side effects that can occur as a result of taking a feverfew migraine remedy in excess including muscle stiffness, nervousness, mouth ulcers and canker sores, loss of taste, superfluous stimulation of menstruation, and for pregnant women, contraction of the uterus which can lead to miscarriage. Again, please consult your doctor if you have any concerns about using the feverfew plant before you start taking it regularly!