Feverfew: An Herb for Cats and Dogs

Feverfew: An Herb for Cats and Dogs

Feverfew is a great tool for easing headaches. Feverfew also has medicinal merit for alleviating pain in the gastrointestinal, reproductive, and vascular systems. It is part of the sunflower family and mainly known for its use as a pain reliever and insect repellent.

Feverfew is classified as Tanacetum parthenium. It is part of the sunflower family and mainly known for its use as a pain reliever and insect repellent. Its primary nutrients include iron, niacin, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, sodium, and vitamins A and C.

Feverfew is a very giving plant and will reseed itself easily within your garden, which makes it an easy-to-grow Michigan herb. You can pick feverfew leaves throughout the summer. Keep in mind that the leaves are thought to be best to pick just before their flowering stage.

Feverfew: Nature's Pain Reliever?

When I see feverfew, I always think of its amazing use as a pain reliever. As someone who suffers from migraines, I know firsthand that it's a great tool for easing headaches. Feverfew also has medicinal merit for alleviating pain in the gastrointestinal, reproductive, and vascular systems. This herb has been known to relieve painful periods and menstrual flow because of its ability to causes vasodilatation and relax muscles. Feverfew may help with arthritis when its in the inflammatory stage. Additionally, it can also be used with cats as an alternative to aspirin, which is often toxic to felines.

Feverfew and Fleas

Feverfew flowers contain pyrethrins, which are compounds known to paralyze fleas. As follows, it makes a good insect repellent salve when the flowers are infused in oils. You can also make a water infusion (or tea) to use topically on your cat or dog to get rid of fleas. This type of pyrethrin will only remain active for a few hours (whereas some synthetic flea chemicals like Frontline and Advantage may last longer).

Feverfew Products We Recommend

  • Dr. Harvey's Ortho Flex

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