Feverfew for preventing migraines & headaches?

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP –Living in Natures Love Lifestyles insideawareness.com

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Feverfew

Feverfew:  Leaves & Flowers

Feverfew:  Tanacetum parthenium

I began growing Feverfew 22 years ago from a packet of  Richter Seeds I ordered on-line.  It was a garden plant that helped change a dysfunctional and depressed James Bay community with it’s brilliant white petals and yellow centers.  To me they looked like miniature daisy’s.

Rediscovering them in the past few years growing in vacant lots and gardens, I once again started to harvest their medicinal flowers and leaves.

Feverfew is a well-known herb for migraine and joint pain relief so I dried a supply of both flowers and leaves for tea.  Using fresh plant parts I used them to add to daily water recipes for their nutrients and infused them in vinegar, oil and alcohol to create medicinal remedies.


Nutrients & Qualities in Feverfew: 

The nutrients in Feverfew include iron, niacin, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, sodium, and vitamins A and C.


Medicinal Uses:

Feverfew has an amazing number of medicinal uses:

  • prevention of migraines & headaches,
  • fevers,
  • muscle tension,
  • lower blood pressure,
  • reduce stomach irritation,
  • appetite stimulant,
  • improve digestion,
  • kidney function,
  • colitis,
  • dizziness,
  • tinnitus,
  • menstrual problems,
  • muscle relaxant,
  • skin washes,
  • Pain reliever for gastrointestinal, reproductive, and vascular systems,
  • Insect Repellent (includes Bees & Fleas!),
    • flowers contain pyrethrins compounds used as flea repellent
  • Natural Sun Screen,
  • Arthritis,
  • Anti-inflammatory

How to use Feverfew:

  • Preventative for Migraines

As a preventative herb for migraines and headaches it is recommended to chew 2 – 3 fresh leaves per day.  However I would recommend that these leaves be left to wilt beforehand as this plant has a strong bitter taste and cause some skin irritation in mouth when taken directly from the plant.  It is also recommended that one takes this herb together with magnesium and riboflavin to support opening constrictions in blood flow.

  • Natural Flea Rinse for Cats & Dogs

To make a flea rinse for your pet, pour boiling water over the fresh herbs and let stand until completely cooled. Strain and apply wetting the fur and skin thoroughly. Do not towel dry or rinse. Remember that this will last only a couple of hours so make it a regular part of your animal care routine!

  • Natural Pain Reliever for Aging Cats & Dogs

This is a herb that can be infused in water in the same way you would make tea.  Once cooled add to your pets water to act as a natural pain reliever.

Oils, tincture & Tea Recipes 

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Recommended Reading:

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.


Copyright 2014 – 2019  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since  2000

 

Turmeric – Black Pepper Water Challenge!

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles insideawareness.com

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I have challenged myself to drink Turmeric Water for 30 Days.  My purpose is to support my liver, my heart/brain connection and to use this as an anti-inflammatory.   I have read that our hearts have a direct reflection on our brain health. If our heart is clogged up so is our brain!  I drink this before eating anything in the morning.

After drinking this water I wait an hour prior to eating afterwards.  What I have noticed so far:

Day #1 – I noticed that my thyroid seemed to jump for a couple of seconds about an hour after drinking Turmeric Water and later in the day,  after about 8 hours of drinking it,  I felt adrenaline course through my body and  I started to feel extremely hungry!  Drinking this water is far more effective and faster acting than the capsules I have taken previously!  

Day #2 – All day I felt my adrenaline course through my body.  At one point I  I had the thought that I may not be able to continue this challenge if this kept up! I felt extremely hungry! 

Day #3 – My adrenaline was settled for the day, however, my lower belly felt warm all day and into the evening.  My gut felt alkaline.  Pressure in my lower back disappeared completely!

Day #4 – The day has just started however what I have felt since drinking this a couple of hours ago is warm with a clear, settled mind.  My gut and mouth feels alkaline.  Waking in the morning with pain in an injured wrist I noticed that after drinking Turmeric Water the pain  disappeared.

I look forward to more days exploring this morning drink and health benefits.  

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In researching this drink I have read that the healing properties in Turmeric can be enhanced and absorbed more easily  by our bodies if taken with black pepper!  Never using black pepper in my drinks before  I was curious about it.  what I am noticing is a nice warm feeling that I enjoy.  It is comfort.  

Turmeric Water 

  • 1 teaspoon of ground Turmeric 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground Black-pepper
  • 8 oz glass of water

You can heat up water adding turmeric and pepper.  I simply use room temperature water and blend in a blender before drinking.  

Turmeric Pepper Paste

  • 1/4 cup turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 cup of water

Heat ingredients while stirring until thickened.  When it forms a paste take off heat and store in glass container.  Keeps in fridge.  Enjoy 2 tables spoons a day as garnish for your recipes or on salad.  

Turmeric Tea 

  • 3 teaspoons ground turmeric 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3.5 pints of filtered water
  • Raw Honey or Stevia 
  • Nut milk optional

Begin to heat water  while adding ingredients and simmer.  Enjoy!  

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Curcumin is an active ingredient in Turmeric that has more than 7000 reviewed scientific articles explaining its health benefits. It is used in homeopathic medicine and a medicine in  Chinese and India.  It is used as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and for anti-aging.  It comes from the dried, powdered roots of the Curcuma longa plant.  

Black pepper is known to reduce a receptor known as TRPV1 in the body that automatically reduces pain throughout the body.

Turmeric and black pepper raise the levels of serotonin and dopamine in your brain and inhibit mono-amine oxidase.  The hormones increase happiness and  the enzyme is often linked to depression.  Together these two spices can be used to improve your mood.  

Turmeric Turmeric is used in Ayurveda applications and a herb believed to cleanse the chakras. It is aligned with the Solar Plexus Chakra and a garden plant I would recommend for your personal healing garden.  I would plant it in the center circle.  

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.


Copyright 2014 – 2019  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000