Feverfew

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 Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is a perennial plant belonging to the daisy family which grows in much of Europe, North America and Canada. It has been used in herbal remedies for centuries. It is used as a preventative (or prophylactic) treatment for migraine.

It is the leaves that are used to treat migraine. You simply pick them and then eat them in which ever way you find most suitable. They can be chopped up and put in salad or a sandwich. They taste rather bitter and so you may find a bit of sugar or honey will help. One large or three smaller (approx 4cm) leaves can be eaten each day. The leaves can also be dried at home and seem to be just as effective as fresh leaves.

Feverfew used to be taken for a very wide range of conditions and so, for example, was applied to the skin in tincture form for the treatment of painful or itchy insect bites. Nowadays, however it seems to be used solely as a preventative for migraines.

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