How to grow and care Feverfew herb | Side Effects of Feverfew

How to grow and care Feverfew herb | Side Effects of Feverfew

Feverfew Herb

Learn How to Grow Feverfew herb, What is medicinal use? Side Effects of Feverfew and more about this herb. Feverfew plants, also known as altamisa or febrifuge plant, is a short traditional medicinal herb that is commonly used to prevent migraine headaches. Tanacetum parthenium is also used to treat arthritis, asthma, constipation, dermatitis, earache, fever, in particular, headache and inflammatory conditions among others.

What is Feverfew?

Feverfew is a small bushy perennial medicinal herb of the daisy family. This plant spreads rapidly and covers the whole ground in a few years. It grows in open fields usually situated by the roadside. It is a native to Eurasia. The plant has yellow flowers and green leaves and looks like chamomile.

Overview altamisa

Scientific Name     Tanacetum parthenium

Common name     Feverfew, Matricaria, altamisa

Plant                       Herb plant

Height                    46cms or 18 inch

Sunlight                 Full sun

Colour                    Yellow / Green

USDA                    perennial zones 5-10

Soil                        Well-drained soil

Harvesting            80-90 days


What is medicinal use?

Feverfew plant is extremely beneficial for having a fever and headache. It is also useful in treating digestive-related illnesses and rheumatism. Besides asthma, it is also useful in reducing inflammation, ear pain, abdominal pain, toothache, dizziness, swelling, insect bites, menstrual disorders, potential miscarriage, psoriasis, and cold. Consuming 50 to 100 grams leaves daily gives relief from a headache. After the meal, take fresh leaves if you have a headache off and on. There is no certified dosage for it though.

How safe is it?

Do not use it if there is any kind of allergies. People who allergic to chamomile, chrysanthemum, daisy, sunflower, esters, should not use feverfew. It also has potential anti-clotting properties.

Side Effects of Feverfew

Patients withdrawn from feverfew may experience ill effects often known as “post-feverfew” syndrome. Handling fresh leaves may cause allergic skin reactions. Swelling of lips, tongue, and lining of the mouth in addition to mouth ulceration has been reported to be the side effects of feverfew use. Effects such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion, and gas may also occur.


How to Grow Feverfew Herb

Tanacetum parthenium Plant seed can be grown in your garden. You can easily get its seeds in a nursery. However, people become confused while buying them because several shops know it by its scientific name Tanacetum parthenium. It remains happy in the presence of the full sun.


For better results, any sunny site with well-drained, and of a stiff, loamy character, enriched with a good fertilizer.


Single Plants: 11″ (30cm) each way (minimum) Rows: 11″ (30cm) with 11″ (30cm) row gap (minimum)

Feverfew Care

Always requires good care because slugs, snails, and black fly attack the plant. Luckily, if there are frogs in your garden, they save it from slugs.

Pruning altamisa

When leaves grow 3-inch long, it is ready to harvest and  Shade is necessary while the cutting or rooting.

Perennial Herbs

Tanacetum parthenium is a perennial plant that grows within a fortnight.


When it is full of flowers but the greenery is still there. Its dry flowers are used to make herbal medicines.

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