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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 4/4/2017

A member of the daisy family, feverfew is a hardy perennial used for centuries for a diverse array of curative applications. Bearing golden-green leaves and delicate daisy like flowers, feverfew is commonly known as bachelor or bride’s buttons. Feverfew grows freely in open meadows and unattended ground, reaching from two to three feet tall. In early June, the white flowers with yellow centers appear in profusion, completely covering the plant. A Delightful Addition To The Home Garden When planted in mass, feverfew makes an impressive statement in the garden, presenting an abundance of white flowers with yellow button centers to grace the garden from June through September. Many gardeners plant feverfew to brighten a dark corner of the garden, or to lighten a dull space along a fence, foundation or wall. Feverfew makes a great backdrop for colorful summer annuals Feverfew Repels Insects To repel pesky insects such as mosquitos, flies, gnats, ticks, and hornets, a tincture crafted from feverfew mixed with water, placed in spray bottle, becomes an effective insect repellent. Spray the tincture on skin and clothing before exposure. If an insect does bite, relieve the sting and prevent infection by rubbing a crushed fresh feverfew leaf on the bite. Do not plant feverfew in the home vegetable garden near flowering plants. Many garden plants are dependent on bees for pollination. Bees find feverfew highly offensive and will avoid the area where the plant is established. Medicinal Benefits Of Feverfew Unlike many of the other favorite herbs typically cultivated in the home garden, feverfew presents a bitter taste and a pungent odor. Although the taste and odor of feverfew is offensive, its medicinal benefits are many. Traditionally, feverfew has long been considered an effective herb used to cleanse the air and ward off disease. In Scandinavian countries such as Finland and Sweden where feverfew grows profusely in mountain meadows, the herb is used as a tonic and stimulant for persons experiencing sadness of the spirit. Feverfew is also used as a remedy for headaches. Fresh leaves of the aromatic plant are applied to the crown of the head. Feverfew applied in this manner is also reported to provide relief from congestion and the discomforts of a head cold. A tincture of feverfew, mixed with honey, is said to ease breathing in individuals suffering from a chronic cough, wheezing and excessive phlegm. Traditionally, feverfew, taken in wine, was used to relieve anxiety and depression and to relieve withdrawal symptoms in opium overdose. A compress of fresh feverfew leaves, sprinkled with rum or whiskey, has long been used to relieve the pain of a toothache. Culinary Usage In Italy, finely minced fresh feverfew leaves are used in the preparation of omelets and served as a garnish with fried eggs. Cultivation Feverfew thrives in a full-sun location, preferring a nutrient-rich soil and plenty of water. Good drainage is important. Feverfew does not grow well in areas prone to standing water. Feverfew, like other woody herbaceous plants benefits from twice yearly soil supplementation of well-aged herbivore manure (sheep, goat, horse, cow). Apply manure/compost in the early spring and late fall. Work the manure into the topsoil around the base of the plant and water well.

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