Matricaria, a medicinal plant that reduces fever, improves digestion and rheumatoid arthritis

Matricaria ( Tanacetum parthenium or chrysanthemum parthenium ), this attractive and beautiful plant very similar to the daisy, and apparently of Baltic origin, although it is cultivated in Asia, America or Europe both for its medicinal value and for its ornamental utility. Feverfew is from the Chrysanthemum and Daisy family. Popularly, it is also known as St. Mary’s wort, wrinkles, atanasia, button, or St. Anthony’s wort.

The aromatic leaf of this plant is strongly serrated and has a hue that ranges from pale yellow to the brightest green. The stem grows very dense and is fine and branchy; in the summer and in the fall, these stems are full of white or yellow florets depending on the variety of Tanacetum parthenium .

Its leaves that have therapeutic purposes, it is better to use them fresh, however, they are also suitable for freezing, in this case, they must be kept well packaged so that their strong aroma does not contaminate.

To make medicinal preparations, the flowers and leaves of the plant are used.


Uses and therapeutic applications of Matricaria

– Regulates menstruation
– Improves digestion
– It is effective in cases of dizziness, nausea and vomiting
– Reduces fever
– Prevents premenstrual migraine
– Eliminates intestinal parasites
– Relieves headaches and migraines or migraines.
– Gastrointestinal disorders
– For ringing in the ears (tinitos)
– Applied locally, it improves psoriasis cases.
– Exerts stimulating action
– It has a slight laxative effect
– It is used in cases of allergies and asthma
– Helps in hot flashes during menopause
– It is vasodilator
– Topically applied to insect bites to relieve them.

– Improves cases of rheumatoid arthritis thanks to the anti-inflammatory effect (compresses can be applied to the area)

How is Matricaria grown

It is a resistant and perennial plant, it grows in full sun in dry and well-drained soils. It is sown in the spring or fall, and it germinates very easily. Its leaves are collected throughout the year, although it is better to do so before summer flowering.

The dense golden foliage of feverfew brings a vivid note of color to any garden, being highly decorative. In addition, it will be very useful to repel mosquitoes thanks to the smell that flower buds give off.

Feverfew is contraindicated for people allergic to plants of the Daisy family and in anticoagulant treatments. In addition, the fresh leaves can cause an allergic reaction in the mouth. It is a uterine stimulant, therefore it is necessary to avoid taking feverfew during pregnancy. Consult with a health professional how to use this medicinal plant in your specific case.

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