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Without any shadow of a doubt, feverfew is one of those most used medicinal plants in ancient times. Very similar to chamomile flowers, parthenon, also known as Ameraggiola, belongs to the Compositae family. It shares several characteristics with the Chrysanthemum including the morphological ones. The plant used above all to soothe strong menstrual pain, even in the etymology, seems to confirm this thesis in fact in the Greek language, parthenos, means really virgin girl. The plant widespread in northern Europe and in Asia, is also found in Italian forests where it grows spontaneously. The plant has an erect and pubescent stem and can reach up to 70 centimeters in height. The leaves have a petiole and the flowers are very small and similar to tiny daisies. The leaves and flowers, are the most used parts of the parthenon which, as we have said, was used to treat dysmenorrhoea and all disorders in general of the female sphere but it is also excellent for rheumatic diseases. Unfortunately, even if its benefits are important and truly effective, the departing has numerous contraindications and pregnant and lactating women should not take it for any reason. The same is true for those who suffer from ulcers and gastritis, also because it should be remembered that treatment every two months should be suspended and resumed after some time.

Therapeutic virtues of partnership

The parthenolide is the beneficial element contained in it and it is to it that all the principal virtues of this plant are owed. In addition to being used for the problems of the female sphere, feverfew is also used in severe headaches and even the traditional pharmacy has recently approached this pint for the production of creams with anti-rheumatic and anti-arthritic principles. Thanks to the endogenous vasoactive substances that the parthenole releases in the body, an effective soothing effect is also obtained in muscle cramps, which is why the plant is used in special spray products that calm sudden cramps in the legs.

How to grow the party

As we have pointed out, feverfew grows spontaneously but if you wish you can grow it for herbalist use by arranging it in rows, in not too close furrows because otherwise you lose part of the plant's active ingredients. Partenio does not need a particular soil but it adapts to all types of soil even the stony ones. Between July and September the aerial parts of the plant are harvested and dried and then used in the form of a decoction or infusion that is sipped or used to make compresses on parts of the body that are aching, such as inflammations of the skin or muscle pains.

How Partenio is found on the market

In herbal medicine, we find feverfill in the form of an extract and in the form of chewable capsules or tablets. It is usually sold in small packs because the product, having different side effects, needs to be tried before continuing the treatment for a certain period. For all those external treatments that include rheumatic and muscular pain, you can buy flowers and leaves to make a decoction to apply on the painful parts or buy the soothing creams directly containing the active ingredients of the plant. Since the fever also has mild properties against anxiety and insomnia, it is sold in capsules that also contain other extracts or powders of other medicinal plants that can accentuate the effect against physical and mental agitation and promote sleep.

Some curiosity about partnership

There is an important warning to make, namely that of not confusing feverfew with tansy which is really similar but has toxic effects, in fact it was widely and improperly used in ancient times to obtain abortive effects. In traditional medicine parthenon was used as a helper for the expulsion of the placenta. The twigs of feverfew were placed in the coffins of the dead, as a symbol of guarantee of the immortality of the soul. The bitter taste of the parthenonum is used in some culinary preparations that require this aftertaste. It is mainly used to prepare vegetable and soup soups in general, aromatic omelettes and is also added to fatty meat dishes. In the Vicenza area, it is customary to make a recipe with the parthenon that strangely has been almost forgotten while it is of an extraordinary goodness and the ingredient that makes it such, it is this medicinal herb that in these parts is called "amarella". The recipe in question is called "Bigoli della Madonna" and is made with a special homemade pasta in the shape of spaghetti and with the addition of salted sardines, bay leaves, olive oil, onions and a small bunch of leaves which must be finely chopped and added to the dish. In the first century BC, Discoride remembered it as a useful plant for sighs and melancholy people while Pliny in 79 AD advised it as a cure for vertigo. In fact, currently, after numerous studies, it seems that the upper parts of the plant act on the nervous system avoiding the annoying sense of vertigo.