*This information is based on my own research and reading–I always encourage you to do your own research too. Consult your doctor if you are considering changing, or going off, any medication (read my full disclaimer/disclosure here.)*
Welcome back to Tincture Tuesday! Today is focused on feverfew, a medicinal plant that derives it’s name from it’s ability to… guess! Yup, that’s right, reduce fevers. But more commonly, feverfew is used to reduce headaches and migraines.
If you’ve ever had a migraine, then you know how absolutely debilitating they can be. Having had several myself, I’d describe it as a “headache on steroids times a thousand.” I come from a family of migraine sufferers, so today, I’m making a big batch of feverfew tincture for my brother, my mom and myself.
Aside from treating headaches and migraines, feverfew can also be used as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis and to relieve nerve pain such as in shingles and sciatica. Due to it’s antihistamine action, it can also relive mild allergy symptoms.
How to Make a Feverfew Tincture
If you haven’t yet, you may find it helpful to read week one’s post, Tinctures 101.
You can use both the flower and and leaves for the tincture. Simply pinch off the flower heads and leaves, place them in a jar, and cover them with 80-proof alcohol, like vodka, gun or rum.
Let the jar sit for 3-6 weeks, out of sunlight.
Strain the mixture and transfer to a tincture jar, or proceed to make a double-strength infusion.
Take one adult dose, two droppers full, up to 4 times a day, to treat migraines and headaches.
Do not take while pregnant.
*Tincture bottles are for sale locally (2 for $5), at Flo’s Body Piercing Studio (my mom), in Sechelt, B.C.