As much as I love bees I am feeling kind of badly for dissing feverfew. It does have its qualities even if bees disagree! Feverfew chrysanthemum parthenium is a perennial that–like most herbs–is easy to transplant and simple to grow. If it isn’t hardy in your area, don’t despair. This daisy-like herb reseeds itself most prolifically! So even if the plant dies over the winter there will still be lots of its offspring popping up next year.
The word feverfew comes from the latin febrifugia and means, as you have no doubt deduced–“driver out of fevers”. In ancient times it was common to plant a border of feverfew around ones home as a safety measure to ward off disease. At various times it was popular for use in child birth (reputed to have positive effects on the uterus), an aid for helping opium addicts kick the habit, lessening the pain and itch of insect bites and for headaches. While some of the claims are questionable at best, the latter does seem to have merit. In 1985 the British Medical Journal reported that feverfew helped lessen the pain and duration of migraines.
Judging by the recommended dosage it does appear to be a herb to use with respect and caution–though the same can be said for most herbs! One to four leaves taken in a sandwich or steeped in a tea is commonly prescribed for medicinal purposes and general well being.
Information on hardy herbs is meant for interest and entertainment purposes only and in no way can be held responsible for individual results. The author has no medical training and cannot replace the learned advice of a medical doctor. All herbs must be used with caution and some can cause allergic or even fatal results. Always use herbs in moderation and accompany with a heaping dose of common sense.