Feverfew

Feverfew

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According to traditional use, t aking feverfew can help prevent migraine headaches, but the effects are usually not noticed for several weeks and vary among individual migraine sufferers. The herb has shown to be helpful for migraine sufferers who also have allergies or asthma. Feverfew has gained a good reputation as a medicinal herb and extensive research since 1970 has proved it to be of special benefit in the treatment of certain types of migraine headaches and rheumatism. The leaves and flowering heads are anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, aperient, bitter, carminative, emmenagogue, sedative, stimulant, stings, stomachic, vasodilator and vermifuge. The plant is gathered as it comes into flower and can be dried for later use. A tea made from the whole plant is used in the treatment of arthritis, colds, fevers etc. It is said to be sedative and to regulate menses. Precautions Avoid feverfew if you are allergic to ragweed, daisies, chamomile, chrysanthemums, or yarrow. Not to be used while pregnant.