Our fresh organic Feverfew makes a super duper herbal cup of tea. See what our Feverfew can do for you! Feverfew is a perennial that grows wild along roadsides and in other uncultivated areas of land. Common in most temperate climates, it resembles miniature daisy plants, with multiple dime-sized flowers that have flat, golden yellow centers surrounded by short white petals. Plants are usually about 2 feet tall. They have fuzzy stems and feathery, light green leaves. Although feverfew is often planted in flower gardens especially in Europe it has a strong, somewhat unpleasant smell. Because of its smell, it has been used as an insect repellant and gardeners may plant it around roses to help keep pests out of the garden.
For use in medicine, the leaves of feverfew are collected before the flowers bloom. Traditionally, the leaves were used fresh, but preparations made from dried feverfew are more common today. Occasionally, feverfew tea has been used as a mouth rinse to relieve toothaches.
Although dosages differ greatly, common doses used in studies to prevent migraines were 50 mg or 100 mg per day. Daily doses up to 250 mg have been used without apparent side effects.
Feverfew tea may be made by soaking about one teaspoonful of dried feverfew leaves in 5 to 8 ounces of boiling water for 5 minutes to 10 minutes. Once the solids have been strained out, this tea may be consumed as often as desired. It may also be cooled and applied to the skin as an insect repellant, to relieve insect bites or stings.
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