Feverfew tea has been known in the field of herbal medicine treatment for a long time. The traditional uses of feverfew have been those associated with treatment of migraine headaches, as well as reducing fever and relieving arthritic pain.
Feverfew is a daisy-like plant that is a relative of dandelions and marigolds. Feverfew has dainty white flowers and fresh-smelling leaves. Feverfew acts as a bee repellent.
The active constituents of feverfew leaves and flowering heads are sesquiterpene lactones that include parthenolide, volatile oils and tannins.
These constituents imbue the feverfew herbs with anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, aperient, bitter, carminative, emmenagogue, sedative, stimulant, stings, stomachic, vasodilator and vermifuge properties. Feverfew also contains nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, niacin, and iron.
It is recommended that the use of feverfew be avoided if there is allergic reaction to ragweed, daisies, chamomile, chrysanthemums, or yarrow. Pregnant women are also enjoined not to use feverfew.
The health benefits can be derived by drinking feverfew tea. Feverfew tea is made by pouring one teaspoon of the dried feverfew herbs in 5 to 8 ounces of water. Allow the mix to boil for 5 to 10 minutes. Then strain the herbs from the tea and drink as much tea as preferred. The feverfew tea can also be applied to the skin to work as an insect repellent.
The health benefits attributed to feverfew tea are the following:
- May help in the prevention and treatment of migraine headaches.
- May help relieve pain related to menstrual cramps and arthritis.
- May help in the treatment of fever.
- May help in the treatment of psoriasis.
- May help counter toothaches.
- May help in the treatment of asthma.