Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) monograph

feverfewFamily: Asteraceae

Common medicinal properties: Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Circulation, Febrifuge, Insect repellents

Current Research: Preventing migraine headache.  A randomized double-blind placebo controlled trial of feverfew in the prevention of migraine has yielded promising results.

Contraindications: Do not take feverfew if you are pregnant. Feverfew may cause your uterus to contract. This may raise the risk of miscarriage or preterm delivery. It’s also best to avoid using it when breastfeeding.

  • Parts Used: arial parts
  • Constituents: Sesquiterpene lactones (including parthenolide and santamarine), volatile oil, tannins

Folk stories and applications: Carried for protection against cold, fever and accident. The ancient Greeks called the herb “Parthenium,” supposedly because it was used medicinally to save the life of someone who had fallen from the Parthenon during its construction in the 5th century BC

Tincture Ratio: 1:5:dried flowers,leaves and stems: 40%