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Feverfew Vs. Chamomile

Updated June 13, 2017

Herbal remedies are becoming increasingly popular in the United States, with the growing awareness of the risks associated with prescription medications. Feverfew and Chamomile are two popular herbs used in America and throughout Europe. Feverfew is most often used for the treatment of pain, while Chamomile has a variety of different uses. Both have risks, so it is important to talk to a doctor before taking any herb.

Originations

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Chamomile naturally grows in many different places in the world, but is mostly frequently used in Europe and Mexico. Feverfew is a plant which is related to sunflowers and grows in Europe, North America and Australia. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that Feverfew has been used for centuries in European folk medicine.

Feverfew Uses

Feverfew means “fever reducer” in Latin, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, yet it is purported to do far more than that. Feverfew is most often used to relieve and prevent migraine headaches, as well as to reduce inflammation and joint pain related to arthritis. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that while Feverfew has been proven to be effective for those purposes, there is no scientific evidence relating to other benefits.

Chamomile Uses

Chamomile has been associated with the reduction of common cold symptoms, reduced diarrhea in children and relief from the skin condition eczema. Many women give their babies small amounts of Chamomile tea in order to reduce colic symptoms. The National Institutes of Health states that Chamomile has also been linked to the reduction in gastrointestinal problems like upset stomach and ulcers. Realistically, there is very little evidence that proves any of these benefits to be scientifically sound, however.

Similarities

Feverfew and Chamomile are sometimes mistaken for each other in health food stores, since they are both herbs with a slight yellowish to greenish tint. Both are available in capsule or tea form and neither are regulated for safety or effectiveness by the Food and Drug Administration, since they are herbs and not drugs.

Risks

One of the risks associated with the use of Chamomile is allergic reactions. The National Institutes of Health states that people who are allergic to Feverfew, celery, ragweed or other herbs are commonly allergic to Chamomile. Chamomile can also cause drowsiness, states the NIH. Feverfew can cause abdominal pain and stomach cramping and can also interact with blood-thinning medications, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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About the Author

Sarah Davis has worked in nutrition in the clinical setting and currently works as a licensed Realtor in California. Davis began writing about nutrition in 2006 and had two chapters published in "The Grocery Store Diet" book in 2009. She enjoys writing about nutrition and real estate and managing her website, RealtorSD.com. She earned her bachelor's degree in nutrition from San Diego State University.