Feverfew Herb Cut


Botanical NameTanacetum parthenium

Common Name:

  • English: Feverfew
  • Also, known as: featherfew, Altamisa, Bachelor's button, Featherfoil, Febrifuge plant, Midsummer daisy, Nosebleed, Santa Maria, Wild quinine, Fderfoy, Flirtwort, European feverfew, Father-fully, Feddygen fenyw, Flirtroot, Mutterkraut, and Vetter-voo.

Habitat: Europe

Origin: Albania/Spain

Harvested: Wild or cultivated 

Parts Used: Entire plant                                                               

General Information:

Tanacetum parthenium is a short, aromatic and a bushy perennial plant grows to about 1-3 feet in height and wide as well. Feverfew is in the daisy family found commonly in gardens and along roadsides. Its yellow-green leaves are 5-7 cm in length, almost hairless and pinnate to bipinnate. It has fragrant, ferny foliage and composite white flowers with yellow centers. Its yellow flowers are about 2-2.5 cm in diameter. They resemble those of chamomile, for which they are sometimes confused, and have a single layer of white outer-ray florets. This aromatic plant gives off a strong and bitter odor. Its yellow-green leaves grow on both sides of the stem at alternating levels and turn downward with short hairs. The small, daisy-like yellow flowers are arranged in a dense flat-topped cluster.

In the mid-19th century, feverfew was introduced in the United States. The plant grows along roadsides, fields, waste areas, and along the borders of woods. Feverfew also has been planted around houses to purify the air because of its strong, lasting odor, and a tincture of its blossoms is used as an insect repellant. The feverfew herb has a long history of use in traditional and folk medicine, especially among Greek and early European herbalists. The name was given from the Latin word febrifugia, meaning “fever reducer.”

How to use:

Hot Infusion:

The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!


  • You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
  • You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.


You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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