Feverfew is a composite plantwhich serves an ornamental purpose in many small gardens. It is a small bushwith yellow flowers that have central yellow parts and white outer rays and arearranged in a flat receptacle. It has a finely furrowed and hairy stem withalternating leaves which possess a slight citrus-like scent.
Feverfew is a member of thesunflower family, it grows vary rapidly and is able to cover significantportions of smaller gardens in a few years of growing. It’s been brought toAmerica as an ornamental plant from its native southwest Europe.
Its name originates from theLatin language and when roughly translated it means “fever reducer.” It hasbeen used by many European cultures for many centuries to relieve fever,arthritis and headaches. Another traditional use for feverfew involves treatmentof labor problems, asthma, stomach aches, skin conditions and irregularities ofthe menstrual cycle. It can also reduce depression and nauseous conditions andit’s quite often compared to Aspirin because of its beneficial properties.
Feverfew can even be more than steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs when it comes to reducing the severity andfrequency of headaches. The combination of certain ingredients found infeverfew inhibits the release of serotonin and prostaglandins which are known as of triggering migraines and inflammatory conditions. Feverfew stimulates theproduction of histamine which opens up the blood vessels in the head andprevents blood vessel spasms which all contributes to reduction of occurrenceand frequency of headaches.
Feverfew is also very efficientfor the relief of inflammation and pain associated with arthritis. Inflammationmay include swelling, redness and pain and it may affect the tissues within thebody as well as the skin surface. Feverfew’s chemical compounds are beneficialin preventing platelets from releasing certain substances which leads toinflammation and prolong it. Feverfew is also efficient in treating psoriasisand insect bites and it also prevents and relieves toothache.
One can prepare various feverfewhome remedies for the treatment of various ailments. Fresh leaves can reducethe occurrence of headaches and migraines. Herbal tea made from feverfew isvery good for treatment of gout, arthritis, rheumatism, flu, colds, indigestionand heartburn. The tea can also be used to reduced worry, tension,sleeplessness, anxiety and stress. Their healths benefits can also positivelyaffects various gynecological disorders and relax the muscles.
Fresh feverfew can sometimesinflame or irritate the mouth. Certainly rare cases have shown that it can alsocause blood clotting. Pregnant women should avoid it.