Feverfew:  (Tanacetum parthenium) Common Name: Bachelor’s Buttons. This  is an herb that is a member of the sunflower family. It grows in a bush-like fashion and is covered in flowers that resemble daisies.  It is a plant that spreads rapidly and will cover a wide area after a few years growth.  The plant was native to Eurasia, but due to cultivation is now seen world wide.  Although its earliest medicinal uses are unknown, the Greek herbalist physician Dioscorides documented its use in the first century AD as an anti-inflammatory.

Its name is derived from the Latin word febrifugia, meaning “fever reducer”.  The herb has been used as a treatment for headaches, arthritis and digestive problems.  Its active ingredients include parthenolide and tanetin.  Parthenolide has been shown to induce apoptosis (programmed cell death) in some cancer cell lines and potentially targets cancer stem cells.  This study has not been proven in human trials.

Feverfew has been used for centuries for headaches, fever, arthritis, infertility, tinnitus and asthma.  No serious side effects have been reported for feverfew, although side effects can include cancer sores, swelling and irritation of the lips and tongue and loss of taste.

Contraindications: Women who are pregnant should not use feverfew because it may cause the uterus to contract, increasing the risk of miscarriage or premature delivery.


PROPERTIES AND USES: Migraine Headaches, Arthritis, Digestive problems, Cancer, Tinnitus, Asthma

PARTS USED: Leaves and flowers

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae (unranked)

Angiosperms (unranked)

Eudicots (unranked)


Order: Asterales

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Tanacetum

Species: T. parthenium

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