, also known as Tanacetum parthenium
is a native to southeastern Europe, and is now widespread throughout Europe, North America, and Australia.
is a short perennial that blooms between July and October, has a small daisy-like look and blooms all summer. Feverfew
is a member of the sunflower family and has been used for centuries in Europe to treat headaches, arthritis, and to reduce fevers. The term Feverfew
is adapted from the Latin word febrifugia or "fever reducer."
is also used to regulate menstrual cycles, labor difficulties, skin conditions, stomach aches, and asthma. Many people believe that if you eat just a couple leaves each day, feverfew
can reduce the re-occurrence of migraine headaches.
dried flower buds also contain the same properties as pyrethrum, and are often used as an insect repellent. This property can be taken advantage of by planting Feverfew
among aphid loving perennials and annuals, and it will repel unwanted insects. A solution of Feverfew
dabbed on the skin will repel biting insects. The crushed leaves are also known to deter moths.
flower buds can also be added to a foot bath to help eliminate the complaints of swollen feet.
Italians are known for adding Feverfew
to many recipes as it adds the desired bitter taste to many popular dishes.