Every time we experience pain, such as a headache, an injury, or even pain from the common cold, most of us automatically reach for OTC pain relief. However, what if it wasn’t available, or we didn’t have access to it? Would you know what to use to relieve your pain? Even when we do have access to OTC pain relievers, they are not always so good for us being full of toxins and unnatural substances. Therefore, it is better to turn to natural pain relievers, such as essential oils or herbs that have analgesic properties. Feverfew is a commonly found herb that has been used by doctors to treat pain since the 1800s!
Moreover, the Native Americans have been using feverfew long before the pioneers used it to treat pain. Feverfew has been all but forgotten today as only herbalists would use it to treat health conditions. However, be aware that it is a commonly found plant─and has many health benefits, including pain relieving properties.
What is Feverfew and Where Can it Be Found?
Feverfew, or tanacetum parthenium, is a perineal, flowering plant that grows all over the United States and is hardy to zone 5. Its flowers are daisy-like with bright, yellow centers, surrounded by white petals. Sometimes, it is referred to as “bachelor’s buttons.” It grows in bunches, or in fields, and can grow up to 24 inches tall.
Feverfew is one of the oldest herbs known as it was first mentioned in the 1st century by Greek physician Pedanius Dioscorides.
In the middle ages, it was documented as being used to cleanse the air and to treat rabies.
What You Should Know About Feverfew
Before trying feverfew, be aware that it can cause allergic reactions. Feverfew it closely related to chrysanthemums, so if you are allergic to that plant, then stay away from feverfew.
Also, don’t put the fresh leaves or flowers in your mouth as they can cause a burning sensation. It will not harm you, however. Besides for being a natural irritant, it is harmless to most people.
How The Pioneers Used Feverfew
The name “feverfew” implies that it reduces fevers. However, it can do much more!
Doctors in the days of the pioneers prescribed feverfew for “women who were giddy in the head.” However, they didn’t mean giddy the way we do today, but rather they meant “pain in the head,” referring to migraines.
As in the old days, it can be used to relieve headaches and migraines. Furthermore, it is a natural anti-inflammatory which makes it perfect for treating arthritis, sprains, menstrual cramps, and other aches and pains due to inflammation. In the case of chronic inflammation, such as arthritis, one should consume it every day.
Before discovering willow bark and asprin, feverfew is what was prescribed to treat many kinds of pain and to reduce fevers.
Feverfew also has similar properties as chamomile, so it is ideal for relaxing the muscles, as well.
How to Use Feverfew
As mentioned, don’t chew on the fresh flowers or leaves. Be sure to wash them well; then, they can be used to steep tea with. Or, you can make a tincture with them.
Many people say that drinking 2 – 3 cups of tea per day works well to relieve their pain.
Grow Your Own Feverfew
Feverfew is incredibly easy to grow and does well in most climates, especially zone 5. Obtain the seeds from your local nursery, or order them online.
When planting the seeds, be sure to plant them in a sunny location and not to cover them as they need sunlight to germinate. Sprinkle them with water every day until they sprout and until they are well started.
Harvest the fully grown flowers and leaves as they grow. Be sure to let some go to seed. Before the first frost cut down the plant and it will grow back next spring.
Feverfew is a common plant and can even be planted in your garden, so it’s easy to give it a try for relieving your pain! Try the suggested tea, as it is said to have a pleasant taste, as well!
Do you use any herbs to relieve pain? If so, let us know in the comments below and be sure to share this article with your friends so that they too can benefit from the outstanding, natural pain relieving herb!
Robin and the Zen team.
Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have and seek proper medical treatment.
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