How to Make a Feverfew Tincture

Feverfew Tincture

*This information is based on my own research and reading–I always encourage you to do your own research too. Consult your doctor if you are considering changing, or going off, any medication (read my full disclaimer/disclosure here.)*

Welcome back to Tincture Tuesday! Today is focused on feverfew, a medicinal plant that derives it’s name from it’s ability to… guess! Yup, that’s right, reduce fevers. But more commonly, feverfew is used to reduce headaches and migraines.

If you’ve ever had a migraine, then you know how absolutely debilitating they can be. Having had several myself, I’d describe it as a “headache on steroids times a thousand.” I come from a family of migraine sufferers, so today, I’m making a big batch of feverfew tincture for my brother, my mom and myself.

Aside from treating headaches and migraines, feverfew can also be used as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis and to relieve nerve pain such as in shingles and sciatica. Due to it’s antihistamine action, it can also relive mild allergy symptoms.

How to Make a Feverfew Tincture

Feverfew flowers soaking in vodka (although you can use both the leaves and the flowers.)
Feverfew flowers soaking in vodka (although you can use both the leaves and the flowers.)

If you haven’t yet, you may find it helpful to read week one’s post, Tinctures 101. 

You can use both the flower and and leaves for the tincture. Simply pinch off the flower heads and leaves, place them in a jar, and cover them with 80-proof alcohol, like vodka, gun or rum.

Let the jar sit for 3-6 weeks, out of sunlight.

Strain the mixture and transfer to a tincture jar, or proceed to make a double-strength infusion. 

Take one adult dose, two droppers full, up to 4 times a day, to treat migraines and headaches.

Do not take while pregnant.

*Tincture bottles are for sale locally (2 for $5), at Flo’s Body Piercing Studio (my mom), in Sechelt, B.C.

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8 comments on “How to Make a Feverfew Tincture

    1. Hey Emily, the ratio isn’t exact. I fill a small, jar about 3/4 full of herbs, then fill the jar with alcohol. Just make sure that the plant matter is fully covered in alcohol.

      As I mentioned in the post, you can read about making a tincture, in more detail, in my “Tinctures 101” post (my first tincture Tuesday post) which explains the ratios too.

      Have fun making your tinctures!

      Carly

  1. Hi Carly
    For your tinctures, are you washing any of your herbs/flowers before putting in your jars?

    Thanks
    Shelly

    1. I give them a quick rinse if it looks like there’s some dirt or dust on them, but generally no, because they’re all just from my garden, so I’m not worried about pesticides or anything.

      1. Thanks Carly
        I love what you share..you are an inspiration. You might be hearing more from me in the future!

        Shelly

  2. Your folk method works great! Winston and Kuhn’s book, “Herbal Therapy & Supplements” suggests a 1:2 ratio when working with fresh feverfew and a 30% alcohol menstrual.

  3. Do you have to take this every single day to help with migraines and headaches? I also read that if taken ever day and then stopped, it will cause withdrawl effects?

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