Tanacetum parthenium

Feverfew                                                                                                        Πύρεθρον

Compositae - daisy family                                                                                     Dicot.


Flowering in early summer, feverfew, Tanacetum parthenium, with its daisy-like flowers,is easily recognised by its divided leaves and the strong aroma emitted by the crushed leaves. The plant has been recognised for its medicinal properties since ancient times, Dioscorides, the first century physician described its use for any hot inflammation. more recent clinical studies have confirmed its use in the prevention of migraine.

An interesting proposal with respect to the origin of the species name parthenium is that the herb was given to the plant after it was used to save the life of someone who fell from the parthenon during its construction in 5th century B.C.

Tanacetum from tanaceta Latin for wormwood derived from ancient Greek -

athanatos (αθάνατος) - immortal

parthenium - from parthena  (παρυένα) Greek for virgin

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