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Feverfew vs Chamomile

Chamomile vs Feverfew

Disclaimer: Initially drafted by AI, this article was edited by a human author to ensure accuracy and quality.

Chamomile is better studied than Feverfew, especially in regard to its calming effects, anti-inflammatory qualities, and sleep and digestive benefits. Chamomile seems to have a broader spectrum of health benefits whereas Feverfew is primarily used for relieving migraines and, yes, fevers. Not to say that Feverfew is useless, but in the context of scientific literature, Chamomile’s benefits are more diverse and better documented.

Did You Know?

Some interesting facts about Feverfew and Chamomile before we explore them into details.

Feverfew is also known as Tanacetum parthenium in the academic world. A perennial herb, it’s native to Europe and has been used for centuries to relieve migrainers, fever, and inflammation. Feverfew’s flowers, leaves, and stems are all harvested for medicinal uses.

Chamomile, more fancily called Matricaria chamomilla in the scientific community, is a herb from the Asteraceae family, originating in Western Europe and Northern Africa. Chamomile’s soothing properties come from its flowers which contain active compounds like apigenin which we’ll talk more about below.

Active Compounds

Feverfew contains various bioactive molecules – including sesquiterpene lactones such as parthenolide, and flavonoid antioxidants. Parthenolide, though, is thought to be the primary active compound responsible for Feverfew’s medicinal benefit. It works through anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain-relieving) effects, reducing the frequency and severity of migraines.

Chamomile contains several active components, including chamazulene, bisabolol, and apigenin. Chamazulene gives it that stunning blue color and possesses anti-inflammatory properties. Bisabolol contributes to chamomile’s calming and skin-soothing effects, while apigenin exhibits antioxidant properties and promotes GABA in the brain which sedates you.

Notable Benefits

Feverfew

Feverfew is best known for its potential migraine-relieving benefits. Some studies suggest that regular use of feverfew, whether through supplements or other means, contributes to a reduction in frequency and intensity of migraines. What is the way it works? Apparently, it’s by inhibiting the release of certain chemicals that trigger inflammation and blood vessel constriction in the brain.

Other uses of feverfew include relieving fever (who would’ve guessed?), arthritis, digestive disorders, menstrual problems, and, yes, sleep problems to some degree as well. However, lack of human feverfew research prevents us from making any conclusions to how effective it actually is.

Chamomile

Chamomile is a good old folk remedy for calming down and relaxing, promoting better sleep, and relieving stress and anxiety. Some of our grandparents may have given us chamomile tea before bedtime to help us sleep when we were kids.

However, chamomile also has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant benefits. It works to soothe skin irritations, reduces (somewhat) inflammation in your gut, and may bolster immunity. Still, some of these areas need more research to confirm chamomile’s benefits.

Anything Else to Consider?

You can get Feverfew in various forms, from capsules, tablets, liquid extracts, to dried herb for tea.

Side effects are rare and mild and include mouth ulcers, digestive upset, and potential allergic reactions. Avoid taking Feverfew if you’re pregnant or on blood thinning medications.

As for chamomile, it’s most popularly drank as a tea. Its essential oil is sometimes used for aromatherapy. Chamomile is generally very safe, although people with chamomile allergy should avoid it.

Which is Better for Sleep – Feverfew or Chamomile?

When it comes to sleep, Chamomile is generally considered the better option compared to Feverfew. Chamomile has long been known as one of the best herbal remedies for sleep, helping you to unwind and reduce anxious thoughts.

While Feverfew may help with migraines and offer other health benefits, it’s not as well researched as far as sleep goes. If you just want better sleep, go with Chamomile.

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