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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