Answer: My aunt was also a big fan of feverfew. She took it for every type of pain and never left home without a bottle of feverfew rattling around her big purse.
The Good ( and Bad) News about Feverfew
Feverfew is a flower in the sunflower family. It looks a lot like daisies and is found in Europe and North America. It has been shown to be both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacteria and can be helpful to reduce redness of both acne and rosacea. When added to a sunscreen, it can reduce redness after UV exposure. But wait there’s more. Feverfew is one of the most powerful antioxidants on the market. In a moisturizer or cleanser, feverfew will protect against free radicals which trigger signs of skin aging.
The Dark Side of Feverfew
Feverfew contains a number of useful compounds that reduce inflammation, inhibit growth of bacteria and slow allergice reactions. But it also contains parthenolide, a bad actor that can cause severe allergic skin reactions. That’s the bad news. The good news? Feverfewcompounds that have removed parthenolide is known as “purified feverfew extract” and avoids skin irritation. I was pleasantly surprised to realize that one of my favorite cold weather cleansers Aveeno Ultra Calming Foaming Cleanser is powered by feverfew. It offers deep cleansing without irritation, even in cold, windy weather.
One Final Piece of Advice– You can find oral feverfew products in most health stores. While it’s a time honored natural headache treatment it needs to be used with some caution. Do not take feverfew with aspirin or prescription blood thinners like Coumadin or Xarelto. It is also not safe if you are nursing or pregnant or if you have an allergy to ragweed.