Feverfew tea has long been a folk medicine for not only bringing down a fever, but also to relieve the symptoms of a migraine headache. Feverfew is easy to grow in most regions of the United States, and the leaves can be used for tea either in the fresh or dried state. Feverfew can be grown at home or is available in most health food stores or herbal medicine shops.
Things You'll Need
Chop or tear the leaves of fresh feverfew into small pieces.
Place 1 tsp. of leaves into a tea ball. Set the tea ball into a drinking cup.
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the tea ball.
Allow the tea to steep for five minutes.
Remove the tea ball, and drink while the tea is still warm.
You can also use the flowers to make the tea, but more research has been done on the use of leaves.
Feverfew grows in most any type of soil, but prefers a loamy and dry environment. Freeze the seeds for one week before planting. Harvest only the top 6 to 8 inches of the plant.
Feverfew is also available in tinctures, syrups, capsules and tablets at most health food stores.
The fresh leaves of feverfew can be eaten in moderation to serve the same purpose as the tea.
Feverfew has also shown promise for use as an antispasmodic.
Folk remedies have claimed that feverfew is good for relieving the suffering of arthritis, but studies have not confirmed this belief.
References and ResourcesFeverfew, A Growers Guide, Kansas State University Extension (PDF)
NON-CHEMICAL PREVENTION OF MIGRAINE; by YANN A. MEUNIER, MD, Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University School of Medicine (PDF) (Page 40)