Article - FeverfewCommon Name: FEVERFEW
Scientific Name: Chrysanthemum parthenium
Feverfew is a hardy perennial herb of about half a metre in height with erect
stems. It has loose clusters of small white, yellow-eyed daisy flowers from early
summer until the first frost. Plant
in well-drained fertile soil
in a sunny position. It is drought tolerant. Deadhead regularly to promote new flowers
and divide established plants every few years.
Feverfew is a bitter-flavoured and strong herb, and should be used sparingly. Herbal references indicate that it provides quick relief to the problems listed below and therefore should only be used while the problem is present. It is possible to find Feverfew on the shelf of your favourite health shop in capsules, as a single herb, or in blends with other herbs. Otherwise it can be used fresh or dried directly from your garden.
You will need:
Make enough for one day only. Do not stand overnight to use the next day.
This method of making an infusion can be used to make a tea from the areal parts of a herb (leaf; flower; stem) or a mixture of these, but not when using the roots of a herb.
Do not take Feverfew during pregnancy.
Feverfew is never used for cooking - it is solely a medicinal herb.
Recipe for moisturising dry skin, help to fade blemishes, and discourage blackheads:
1. Put l large handful of feverfew leaves and 300ml. milk in a small saucepan and simmer slowly for 20 minutes.
2. Allow the mixture to cool in the pan, then strain into a bottle. Keep it in the refrigerator.
3. Use it in you daily beauty routine.