Headaches. We all get them, and they can be miserable. In our age of modern-day pharmaceuticals, we just pull out a few tablets of aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), or acetaminophen (Tylenol) out of the cabinet, swallow them, and are on our way to feeling better. But what would you use if the convenience of these pharmaceutical medicines wasn’t available?
You’d have to either suffer through the misery or look for other ways to manage pain. Some people will choose to go the non-drug route, using such techniques as mindfulness (mental focus on the present moment experience) in an effort to manage their pain, and there is support from psychologists that this can be effective in managing chronic pain.
Others may look for alternative medicines to deal with the pain such as an herb called feverfew (tanacetum parthenium) which “a perennial flowering herb that is sometimes called ‘bachelor’s buttons.'” While it is recommended to try a small amount to test when first using it because some people have allergic reactions to it, this was a staple in Native American medicine. Tammy Robinson writes,
The name, obviously, implies that it can reduce fevers, and that is perhaps what it is best known for. However, it can be used for much more.
Feverfew is a terrific way to stop migraine headaches (when consumed at the onset) as well as other types of headaches and muscle tension. It is also a general pain reliever.
It is a natural anti-inflammatory herb, which makes it perfect for healing and reducing the pain of twisted ankles, arthritis and even menstrual cramps. In the case of arthritis and cramps, one needs to consume it on a regular basis. Women should start consuming feverfew a week before their cycle is to start and continue until the second day of their period.
It is advised not to put feverfew leaves directly into your mouth as they can have an irritant effect and may cause a burning sensation and mouth sores. However, the leaves can be washed and used in a tea or tincture.
Feverfew groes well in warmer climates that do not reach into tropical climate zones (It grows well in zone 5 areas) and is, fortunately, relatively easy to grow. Robinson notes,
Don’t cover the seeds completely with soil, as they must have sunlight to sprout; sprinkle lightly with water each day until they sprout. You can thin them to 15 inches apart when they are about five inches tall.
They aren’t fussy plants, but they do need sunlight, so try to find a spot where they get a minimum of six hours each day. Harvest and dry the flowers and leaves as they grow. It will reseed itself if you allow a few plants to go to seed. Any remaining plants should be cut to the ground with the first frost. It will grow back again in the spring and generally produces flowers between July and October.
So, if you are looking for a natural pain relief method, especially one to use in a survival situation, you may consider having your own supply of feverfew on hand.
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