Feverfew in the garden and around the home

Feverfew has very sweet daisy like flowers with white petals and yellow centers. They bloom from the midsummer through fall.

The bright green leaves are highly aromatic. These plants are hardy from zones 5-9

Some have used feverfew's fresh or dried stems to floral arrangements, and some have used the dried flowers to add color to potpourri.

Leaves and stems of feverfew produce a yellow-green dye. The tea can even be used as a mild household disenfectant for cleaning.

Prepare feverfew to use

Some people have been known to eat the leaves of feverfew to prevent migraine headaches. They eat 1-3 leaves daily, sometimes in between bread. If irritation should occur in your mouth, try eating with bread or eating with other foods, maybe in a salad.

For Feverfew Tea:
You can add 2 teaspoons of fresh leaves or 1 teaspoon of dried leaves to hot boiling water for 15 minutes. Strain out the herbs, and reheat if cooled down too much. Add sugar, honey or lemon to your liking. Drink one cup a day as needed.

A neat tip I have heard, was to add peppermint or spearmint leaves to add extra flavor as well.

Health benefits of feverfew

The parts used for any health benefits, are the leaves.
Feverfew is best known for helping to prevent migraine headaches. Some have experienced a reduction in both the frequency and severity of their migraine headaches. To do this, some people have actually just eaten the leaves daily, or made a tea from them.

The tea made from feverfew has been known to be beneficial for arthritis pain, to encourage menstruation, and to relieve menstrual discomfort.
It has an anti inflammatory effect.

(Disclaimer, please always contact your physician before trying to treat any condition you may have. These results have not been tested by the food and drug administration to my understanding.)
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Planting seeds for feverfew in your own garden

You can grow many herbs in your garden, and feverfew is no exception. Here are some things to know.
1. Sow the seeds outdoors in spring in a sunny, to partially shady location.
2. You will want soil that is well drained, and you will want to make sure there is no chance of another frost for that year in your area.
3. Press seeds gently into the soil and do not cover them with any soil. Light aids these seeds in their germination.
4. If you are desiring an earlier harvest, or if you have a short growing season, you can start the seeds earlier indoors. Plant seeds indoors 6 weeks before the last frost date in your area.
5. You will notice the seeds sprouting in about 7-14 days.
6. You will want to place the plants about 8-12 inches apart. They will grow to about 2 feet high.
7. Being a perennial, once established and growing well, this plant will come back year after year.


Feverfew also known as Tanacetum has many beneficial qualities, and also produces lovely little flowers in the garden.

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In this picture, you will see one version, Tanacetum vulgare