Natural Healing with Feverfew
Clinical research has shown that feverfew can reduce the severity and frequency of recurrent headaches, including migraine. It also contains the active principles borneol, which stimulates the flow of gastric juices and improves circulation, camphor, which is an expectorant, parthenolide and tanetin, which aid migraine relief, and terpene; an antioxidant. These constituents increase fluidity of lung and bronchial tube mucus stimulates the appetite. It is recommended for arthritis, colitis fever menstrual problems and muscle tension as well as headaches.
An infusion of the flowers is effective at reducing pain such as tooth ache or neuralgia.
A locally applied Feverfew tincture has been shown to relieve pain and swelling caused by insect bites. Mix two teaspoonfuls of tincture are with 1/2 pint of cold water, and sponge all areas that have bites.
Feverfew capsules (usually 250mg) can be taken daily. Effects are usually noticeable within four weeks.
There are several ways you can extract and use the benefits of feverfew yourself. Though folk remedies recommend eating a fresh leaf daily for the prevention and reduction of headaches, this may cause sores in the mouth.
Making a TisaneThis is the fastest and easiest method of utilizing the medicinal properties of Feverfew. Feverfew tea can be made by pouring one pint of boiling water over 1oz. of dried flowers and cooling this may be given as a general tonic to relieve nervousness or melancholy. A half tea cup several times each day is recommended.
Making a TinctureA tincture is made, by filling a jar with the required amount of herb (200 grams of dried or 300 grams of fresh, chopped herbs to one litre of liquid is needed). Cover the leaves with a25% alcohol/water solution. Usually vodka is used or rum which will help to sweeten the taste of bitter herbs (never use wood alcohol or rubbing alcohol). Distilled water, vinegar or glycerol can be used to make non-alcoholic tinctures. Then add water to top up the jar and seal the lid tightly. Place the jar into a dark place and leave to steep for at least two weeks, shaking daily. When ready, strain through cheesecloth or muslin and store the solution in dark bottles or jars to prevent the sunlight affecting the strength. Tinctures will last up to two years if stored in an airtight container. Feverfew tincture may be taken in tincture form not exceeding a dose of 5-10 drops every 30 minutes at the onset of a migraine.
Making an Organic CreamA cream is a mixture of water with fat or oils, which softens and blends with the skin. Homemade creams last for several months, loner in the fridge or cool place. A few drops of benzoin tincture will preserve longer.
Mix together 25g white beeswax and 25g water-free lanolin with 100ml sunflower oil, 25ml glycerine and 75ml water. Heat the mixture and add 50g of dried herb, stirring constantly. Strain and pour into a jar, sealing when cooled.
Cautions; feverfew should not be used by pregnant or nursing women because it promotes uterine and menstrual stimulation. It should not be used by anyone who is sensitive to plants of the Ragweed family, or has an allergy to pyrethrins. Feverfew should not be given to children under two years of age.