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How to Use Feverfew Herb

Updated on August 9, 2012
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Everyday someone has pain in their body. Headaches are an everyday occurrence for some people. They can even prevent a person from going to work. Sore joints prevent grandparents and even parents from enjoying time with their children and grandchildren. This pain sometimes is just accepted as part of life.

It doesn't have to be.

Feverfew might be able to help. You just need to know what it is and how to use it.

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What is Feverfew?

Feverfew has been used by people for hundreds and thousands of years. The primary purpose was for controlling and eliminating fever. The name comes from Latin meaning lowering of the fever. It also became known for several other medical uses.

The flower itself looks like a daisy. It is part of the sunflower family. Many people use it in their landscaping and not necessarily for medicinal herbal uses.

So what can feverfew all be used for?


Migraines affect a vast number of people. They are not just headaches. They are debilitating headaches accompanied with nausea, vomiting, and blurred vision. Some sufferers experiencing tingling and numbing sensations in various parts of their bodies.

Those that suffer from migraines are always looking for ways to avoid them or at least lessen the pain they feel. There are many prescription medications that work, but many would love to avoid going that route if they can. When they do that, they look to herbs and alternative medicine to help them.

Feverfew has been used over the centuries for headaches and migraine sufferers say it helps them, too. Research in Europe has produced various medications with feverfew to help migraine patients. So far, there has been many successful reports.

Menstrual Regulation and Pain

Having an irregular menstrual cycle is not fun and can be very painful. Some women find that it can pull them out of life for a few days. That is not a fun way to get off of work or to avoid housework.

Irregular periods throw a woman's body off balance and can contribute to the emotional balance, too. Many women who have these on a regular basis tend to have more problems as they age.

Feverfew has been used to regulate these periods and help alleviate the pain associated with cramps. It has been used for centuries and is still used today.


Whether it is your standard arthritis in your joins or Rheumatoid arthritis, it can be extremely painful. Arthritis occurs in the joints and does not discriminate in any fashion including age. It can cause pain just to stand up, pick up a teacup, or brush your hair. Things you do on an everyday basis can become too painful to do.

Many people who suffer from this have used feverfew to lessen the pain. It has never been said to cure arthritis, but it does seem to help sufferers make it through everyday activities with less discomfort.



You might not think anything of having an irritation on the skin unless you have psoriasis. This chronic condition is uncomfortable and embarrassing though it is not contagious. It is an inflammation of the skin that tends to be hereditary.

Today, there are many medications that help control this disease though none of them can cure it. They can be topical or oral medications. This is not a new condition. It has been around for generations though hundreds of years ago, it was not understood as well as it is now. Back then, feverfew was used to treat it though it is not used as much today.

Digestive Issues

There are so many digestive issues you could have. In fact, it is rare to not find someone who doesn't have these problems. It can range from mouth sores to constipation or diarrhea and everything in between. They can range from minor issues to life and death issues.

Because the digestive system is so large and complicated, there are a million and one problems that can arise. That means a lot of diagnosis time and a million medications to be used. Though this sounds like an exaggeration, and was intended to be, the numbers of complications and treatments are pretty high.

Centuries ago, stomach problems were....well, stomach problems. The understanding of the body was not as detailed as it is now. Feverfew was used to treat many of those conditions. Today, the use is still there but scientists are trying to decide which digestive issues are targeted by the feverfew and which ones are ignored by it.

Battling Fevers

Fevers are not fun. They can be low-grade where you can get through the day while feeling miserable or they can be very high and have you admitted into the hospital. Fevers are the results of infection in the body. As the body reacts to the invasion of viruses and such, the body heats up.

I've heard some healthcare professionals say that you should never try to get rid of a fever unless the internal battle is done. You just want to keep the fever down so the brain is not damaged.

If you have a high fever and want to help lower it, feverfew was known for that before it was known for anything else. That is where the name comes from as it was popular for helping lower fevers. Today, people continue to do this with feverfew in the form of tinctures or pills.

Side Effects

There are very few things on this earth that doesn't have side effects including all the stuff that is good for you. Never take any herb or medication without fully checking it out including what side effects are caused by it.

When it comes to feverfew, there are a few side effects you need to be aware of. It can irritate the digestive system. Though it helps with some digestive problems, others can arise. It can cause mouth sores and also thin your blood.

These can be minor problems or they can be life-threatening depending on your current health. Always talk to your healthcare provider for more information.

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Final Word

This article is for informational purpose only. Never ever take an herb without talking to your physician and/or herbalist. Herbs are nature's drugs and should always be treated with respect and with caution. Research feverfew yourself. Make sure you use reliable sources and talk to experts that are certified and know what they are talking about.


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      Rachel Koski 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Loved it and pinned it :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very interesting hub! I have never heard of this. Now, I don't suffer from pain of any sort, but I will remember this information.