Feverfew

Latin: Tanacetum parthenium L.

Synonyms: Nosebleed, midsummer daisy, featherfoil.

Botanical Description:

  • Perennial erect herb up to 60cm tall.

  • Yellowish green alternate, stalked and pinnately divided leaves.

  • Flowers arranged in corymbs of approximately 30 heads, about 2cm diameter with white ray florets.

Parts used: Leaf.

Constituents:

  • Sesquiterpene lactones – parthenolide

  • Volatile oil

Actions:

  • Febrifuge.

  • Analgesic, anti-rheumatic.

  • Stomachic, antihelminthic.

Uses:

  • Migraine prevention.

  • Formerly used for rheumatism and menstrual problems.

  • Inflammation.

Safety:

  • Asteraceae allergy.

  • Side effects in a few individuals; ulceration and soreness in the mouth, dermatitis, and in some a mild tranquilising effect.

  • Not for use during pregnancy and lactation.