Feverfew, Wild



Feverfew is a traditional well-known and much-loved herb used extensively in Chinese medicine, but the essential oil is little used presumably because of the very high (48%) camphor content. As its name implies, in folk medicine the dried leaves and flowers are used to reduce fever and inflammation, and as a general tonic. It also has a reputation as being helpful for headaches, arthritis, and stomach ache, but is contra-indicated for pregnant women, as would be the essential oil. Of course, it is unwise to project these characteristics definitively to the essential oil, about which little has been written, but it may give us some clues. The plant, an obvious Asteraceae, spreads rapidly and can be found improbably but persistently growing in the cracks between paving stones in traditional gardens. It is related to the Tansy which hugs the hillsides in Morocco, the oil of which is also ketonic.

Botanical Name: Tanacetum parthenium
Cultivation: wild
Origin: Bulgaria
Manufacturing Method: distilled
Part of Plant: Plant
Main Components: Camphor, Chrysanthenyl acetate, Camphene, alpha Pinene
INCI: Tanacetum vulgare Flower Oil
General Information: Keep away from heat and sunlight. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes.

Article No. 2164-5
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