Migraines & Headaches – This Pretty Flower Can Help!
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on March 10, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Feverfew, as its name indicates, can be used to help lower fevers, and it has been used since Roman times to induce menstruation . It has also long been used as a herb for arthritis and rheumatism, especially in combination with other herbs.
Feverfew is now used principally as a treatment for migraine, with clinical trials demonstrating its effectiveness. It is thought that the “parthenolides” in Feverfew confer its beneficial effects; however, the exact nature of its action is not fully understood.
Interestingly, traditionally Feverfew’s main use was as a “woman’s herb.” In 1653, Nicholas Culpeper sang its praises in The English Physitian, saying that “… it doth the woman all the good she desire of a herb.”
You can easily grow Feverfew in your garden – it has very pretty, daisy-like flowers that bloom all summer long – and to help prevent migraines, simply eat 2-3 of the leaves daily. Or, if you prefer, it can be taken in capsules or as a liquid extract (tincture). It is best taken on a regular basis if you suffer from migraines, rather than taking it just at the outset of symptoms.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan