Feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium)
Bushy evergreen biennial or perennial grows 2 feet tall, with small yellow and white daisy flowers in summer and fall. Adaptable plants can be grown in sun or part shade and many soil types. Reseeds freely.
Traditional Healing Uses: To reduce the frequency and severity of headaches (including migraines), as well as to relieve arthritis, rheumatism, fever, nerves, dizziness, and menstrual cramps. Leaf poultices have been applied externally to bruises, swelling and insect bites or stings.
Other Uses: Fresh or dried flowers can be added to cut bouquets, while plants may repel insects from the garden.
Harvest: Leaves can be harvested all year but are strongest just before plants flower. Best used fresh or frozen.
Preparation: Eat 1 to 4 leaves a day, alone or with bread and butter. For tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water on two teaspoons of fresh flowers and let steep for 10-15 minutes, 3 times a day.
Caution: Do not use during pregnancy. Fresh leaves may cause dermatitis or mouth blisters in some people.