Ah, wonderful feverfew. I have noticed while picking feverfew that my spirits are raised and my tiredness declines naturally. It is like a fog leaves my brain! This spring I have picked leaves and flowers to dry for tea, make a tincture and a soothing salve.
I haven’t grown feverfew this year. I have found it growing in the oddest places in my local community. Finding it has been a reminder to fill my garden with it next year!
Tea can be made with fresh or dried feverfew. The drying process only takes a few days. Once dried they will be stored in brown paper bags for a time before being stored in glass jars.
I chose to make my tincture with vodka this year. The flowers are in a small glass jar covered in this spirit. It will will sit for several weeks before the tincture is ready. Each day this wonderful medicinal tincture is given a small shake while being admired.
Imagine having remedies that are appreciated for their beauty as they creatively make themselves.
- Oil for Soothing Salve
Feverfew flowers immersed and steeping in olive oil! A test run with a small mason jar first now followed by a pint size jar. The test jar was steamed in a double boiler for close to six hours and then cooled. Once cooled it was combined with beeswax, plantain oil and calendula oil to make a soothing salve. It is currently being tested on these gardener hands that need to be in good shape for my somatic movement practice!
Costs for my adding this to this years healing arsenal:
Flowers, Leaves, Solar Energy, Effort & Time – free
Olive Oil, Vodka, Jars – current market prices or on sale
Electricity – going rate
The cost of picking feverfew is small in comparisons to the cost of pharmaceutical drugs. The savings could be enormous.
The pleasure experienced while picking these flowers out in our stunning natural beauty around Greater Victoria communities is priceless. This is followed by feelings of pleasure whilst drying and preparing these leaves and flowers to steep and share their essences in forms for my benefit. Each time these remedies will be used this year these memories will be included in the healing process!
Feverfew is widely recommended for:
Relief for migraines and a preventative for them when taken on a daily basis. Recommended by experts such as Dr. Andrew Weil as an effective alternative to pharma products.
Relief for arthritis, fevers, muscle tension and pain.
Used to lower blood pressure, lessen stomach irritation, stimulate the appetite, improve digestion and kidney function.
A beneficial treatment for colitis, dizziness, tinnitus and menstrual problems.
When using feverfew one has a renewed sense of well-being!