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Herb Of The Day: Feverfew

Feverfew is an herb native of Europe and Britain, and is a member of the daisy family. This herb has been used through the ages as an anti-inflammatory for different arthritis conditions and also to calm the nerves for sciatica (Pain radiating along the sciatic nerve, which runs down one or both legs from the lower back) and neuralgia (Pain caused by damaged or irritated nerves).

Studies show that feverfew can help with these four conditions:

  • Allergies, asthma & hay fever – due to feverfew being a natural antihistamine, hot feverfew tea relieves the symptoms of asthma, allergies, and hay fever by stopping the release of histamines which are linked to allergic reactions. It clears phlegm from the chest and sinuses and also relaxes tension to relieve your airways.
  • Digestive Remedy– feverfew contains bitters to calm and strengthen the digestive tract. They stimulate the liver and clears heat from the body to ease indigestion.
  • Headaches/ Migraines – when taken routinely, feverfew has been shown to prevent both headaches and migraines by inhibiting the release of histamines. Feverfew relaxes blood vessels to relieve tension headaches. As mentioned above, feverfew stimulates the liver (liver weakness is associated with headaches). You can take feverfew at the onset of a headache or migraine, but works best when incorporated into your daily health routine.
  • PMS – feverfew is a uterine stimulant which has a relaxing effect. It helps to initiate blood flow in clogged or delayed periods and stimulates the liver to help relieve irritability and headaches (often related to sluggish livers).

You should avoid feverfew if you are on any blood thinning medications.

When buying herbs, always be sure you are buying from a reputable company. The Kandy Shoppe carries feverfew along with 90+ other herbs and SeaMoss which is available daily.

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