Herbal Healing

This blog is dedicated to herbal healing and other natural health remedies. In an attempt to deepen my own knowledge, I will share information on a variety of herbs, focusing largely on easy to find Western plants, as well as methods for preparing herbal medicines and natural beauty treatments. I am not a certified herbalist, licensed cosmetologist, or physician, so please use the information on this blog at your own risk! I've been an aspiring herbalist for several years, and I hope to finally get my certification sometime this year.

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
Parts used: Leaves and flowers
Benefits: Recent pharmacological studies have proved this plant’s remarkable value in alleviating migraine headaches, inflammation, and stress-related tension.  Parthenolide, feverfew’s active ingredient, controls chemicals in the body responsible for producing allergic reactions.  It also inhibits the productions of production of prostaglandins that are implicated in inflammation, swelling, and PMS.
Suggested uses: Though feverfew will help alleviate the pain of an active migraine, it is far more effective when taken over a period of a few months as a preventive.  Its action is similar to that of aspirin, with a stronger, yet slower effect.  Some people find eating a fresh leaf of two a day directly from the garden helps prevent migraines.  That active ingredient I mentioned above - parthenolide - is highly sensitive to heat and will be easily destroyed if feverfew is exposed to high heat during the drying or preparation process!
Caution: Feverfew can be taken over a long period of time by most people with no side effect; however, it does require some cautionary measures.  Since one of feverfew’s medicinal actions is to promote menstruation, it may stimulate the menstrual cycle unnecessarily or promote cramping and painful menstruation.  It is also not recommended for pregnant women! 

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)

Parts used: Leaves and flowers

Benefits: Recent pharmacological studies have proved this plant’s remarkable value in alleviating migraine headaches, inflammation, and stress-related tension.  Parthenolide, feverfew’s active ingredient, controls chemicals in the body responsible for producing allergic reactions.  It also inhibits the productions of production of prostaglandins that are implicated in inflammation, swelling, and PMS.

Suggested uses: Though feverfew will help alleviate the pain of an active migraine, it is far more effective when taken over a period of a few months as a preventive.  Its action is similar to that of aspirin, with a stronger, yet slower effect.  Some people find eating a fresh leaf of two a day directly from the garden helps prevent migraines.  That active ingredient I mentioned above - parthenolide - is highly sensitive to heat and will be easily destroyed if feverfew is exposed to high heat during the drying or preparation process!

Caution: Feverfew can be taken over a long period of time by most people with no side effect; however, it does require some cautionary measures.  Since one of feverfew’s medicinal actions is to promote menstruation, it may stimulate the menstrual cycle unnecessarily or promote cramping and painful menstruation.  It is also not recommended for pregnant women! 

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