Tanacetum parthenium syn. Chrysanthemum parthenium
Parthenion is the Greek word for girl. Feverfew is Elizabethan English and comes from febrifuge, an old medical term for a medicine that reduces fever. Scientific studies have confirmed that it prevents or delays the onset of migraine headaches. The active ingredient parthenolide inhibits the release of the hormone serotonin, which triggers migraines, in the brain. Preparations made from the leaves of this plant are also antipyretic (“feverfew”) and anti-inflammatory.