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Re: uses --Feverfew?

Interesting.  Quite the bundle of info you are!

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Kitty Morrissy" <kmrsy@earthlink.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Thu, 12 Jun 2003 23:50:22 -0500

>You're right, my mistake.  I confused pyrethrin with pyrethrum.  I believe
>Pyrethrum comes from the Painted Daisies of Africa, but Feverfew contains 
>pyrethrin.  Most discussions of feverfew deal with its medicinal value
>which is in its chemical, Parthenolide, which helps with migraines.  But I
>did find this when I looked a bit deeper:
>"Feverfew gives off an odor which bees steer away from due to a suspected
>pyrethrin content, a known insecticide."  and... "Other uses for feverfew
>relate to the pyrethrin and volatile oil in the plant. Pyrethrin is widely
>used as a natural insect repellent."
>While I'm correcting myself.  Tanacetum coccineum is an old name, too.  I
>should have know better.  Feverfew is now Tanacetum parthenium.
>More for those interested:
>Common Names: ~Bride's Button~ ~Featherfew~ ~Featherfoil~ ~Febrifuge Plant~
>~Feverfew~ ~Pyrethrum~ ~Wild Chamomile~ ~Altamisa~ ~Amargosa~ ~Bachelor's
>Button~ ~Feverfew~ ~Flirtwort~ ~Manzanilla~ ~Featherfew~ ~Featherfoil~
>~Wild Chamomile~ ~Mum~ ~Tanacetum~ ~Febrifuge Plant~~Wild Quinine~
>This plant is native to southeastern Europe but is now found in North and
>South America. 
>~Pyrethrum~ is derived from the Greek~ pur~ meaning ~fire,~ in allusion to
>the hot taste of the root. According to a legend, this herb saved the life
>of a person who fell off the famous temple, the Parthenon, in ancient
>Greece. Hence, the name ~parthenium~ according to legend. 
>Some people say that the name feverfew is a corruption of featherfew,
>referring to the plant's petals. Some say that feverfew is effective
>against fever and colds if it is gathered with the left hand as the name of
>the patient is spoken aloud and without a glance behind. According to
>another old superstition, when planted around dwellings it purified the air
>and warded off disease. The pungent odor is disliked by bees that branches
>of it were carried around to hold the bees at a distance. 
>The ancient Greeks and Egyptians cherished Feverfew as a valuable remedy
>for many ills. The Greek herbalist Dioscorides treated arthritis with this
>herb. In 1649, Culpeper recommended feverfew for headaches and to
>strengthen women's wombs, Feverfew is a preventive for migraine headaches. 
>Feverfew keeps bugs and insects away from plants. Some people plant in
>their roses or around the garden for pest control. One of the bug killing
>properties of feverfew is pyrethrin. 
>> [Original Message]
>> From: Tony Veca <romans8@attbi.com>
>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>> Date: 6/12/2003 7:52:11 PM
>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] uses --Feverfew?
>> on 6/12/03 11:19 AM, Kitty wrote:
>> Pyrethrum comes from Tanacetum coccineum,
>> Thanks Kitty for the correct info & for your ton of knowledge.
>> Tony Veca <>< 
>> Another Gr888 Day in Paradise !!!!!
>> Vancouver, WA  USA
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