DIY Organic : Feverfew

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Yes, the name says it all. Feverfew, you will have less fevers, right? Well sort of, but you will have a lot of other benefits as well! Feverfew or Tanacetum parthenium is a perennial plant that grows across Europe, North America and Canada. Today I will be presenting you with yet another all-natural way to help with migraine-relief. My go-to solution is never medication, but herbs. Herbal remedies have been used by mankind since the dawn of civilization, so they are tried and true. Today I will be focusing upon a specific herb called feverfew. 

Is feverfew a panacea, well not really, but is has been used as a preventative treatment for migraine. In addition to this, a growing number of people state that feverfew has caused their migraines to gradually become less frequent. A few people actually claim that feverfew has staunched the presence of migraines altogether. What's more is the fact that science has now backed up the fact that feverfew can play a significant role in ameliorating the effects of migraines. 

There are a few ways to receive your quota of feverfew. One of the most popular methods is to ingest frozen feverfew capsules or tablets. These are found throughout the web, but you can also make them yourself. Simply gather some fresh leaves, let them dry out completely, ground into fine particles. Purchase capsules and then fill them with the ground-up feverfew. Make sure to use only 2-3 leaves per capsule and freeze-dry them. They are ready to go after that. 

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The next option is to create a feverfew tea. This can be accomplished easily enough by collecting 2-3 leaves per drink. Conduct the normal steps for tea creation. You can add lemon balm, chamomile or any other herbs as well for flavor as well as medicinal qualities. The quality and quantity is up to you. Fair warning though, without some sort of auxiliary herb or sweetener, feverfew tea can be quite bitter at first taste.

You can also grow feverfew on your own. This will save you time and money. This also leads to the third option in which you can simply eat the leaf. Leaves may be consumed raw from the plant or they can be chopped up for sandwiches or salads.

Always remember though, feverfew is a preventative resource for migraine, it will most likely not alleviate on-going migraines. To be fully effective it needs to be taken every day. Feverfew is unlikely to work immediately thus it may need take several weeks before you experience improvements with your migraines. Also, for many, it is best taken with food as this reduces the chance of stomach irritations. And always remember that with any herbal remedy, it is advisable to consult your own doctor or herbalist before commencing usage.