Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is an herbaceous perennial and flowering plant that belongs to the family Asteraceae. The maximum height that the feverfew plant can reach is 30 inches. It has light yellowish-green, parsley-shaped leaves that give off a pungent smell. The flowers of the feverfew plant resemble daisy in both its colors and apparent features i.e. white small petal around the bright yellow disc.
Feverfew is mostly known for its famous legends that hail it for treating the fever and headache. Presently, it is used for treating migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, stomach pain, toothache, menstrual cramps, and insect bites. Feverfew is also a potent abortifacient and quite helpful in labor induction during childbirth.
Feverfew has also been reported to have anti-allergic properties and it can attenuate asthma, psoriasis, nausea, vomiting, and tinnitus.
The bitter taste of feverfew does not allow it to be an active participant of the culinary department. Some scientific researches claim it to be efficacious in curtailing the spread of cancer. An active ingredient, parthenolide is considered to induce apoptosis in cancer cells that help in decreasing the proliferation of cancer.