Feverfew – The Migraine Herb

 

The white flowers of Feverfew

 

It’s a beautiful day here at Cottage Hill Herb Farm, and there is lots happening out in the garden.  Right now the roses are nearly finished their bloom, but the Feverfew is putting out a stunning display right outside of my patio door, so I thought it was a good time to share some information about this wonderful, easy-to-grow herb before I get to harvesting it.

 

Feverfew 1 - small

 

Easy to grow and totally beautiful in full flower with its masses of daisy flowers, Feverfew grows readily in poor soils, creating a very attractive ornamental for your garden. It is also tolerant of drought and dry, stony soils.

Flowering tops are used and are best dried for taking internally. Beautiful though Feverfew is, it tastes pretty yuck, so you’ll want to use capsules to avoid their bitter, unpleasant taste. Much research has been conducted on this herb in relation to its prominence in the treatment of chronic migraines and in some instances, arthritis. Feverfew is a vaso-dilator, meaning it dilates blood vessels, thereby relieving migraines and headaches for approximately 76% of those sufferers involved in the many studies into the effectiveness of this herb.

For best effect, you’ll want to take Feverfew in capsule form daily for at least 6 weeks before you’ll begin to notice a reduction in your symptoms.  However, this is not to be used during pregnancy, breastfeeding or if you are using blood thinners.

I encourage you all to get some Feverfew into your gardens this year so that you too can enjoy this beautiful little flower and all of its amazing potential benefits! However if you don’t have a garden or don’t want to wait until next year, we have the dried herb available and ready to send to you. Just send me an e-mail at [email protected] to put in your order.

Enjoy the weather!

Donna

 

 

 

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