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Painkiller In a Jar

Consider making a feverfew tincture for a versatile painkiller you can make yourself and have on hand whenever inflammation is giving you a hard time. In this post, I’ll share with you my painkiller-in-a-jar recipe, which is a staple in my home apothecary.

In addition, feverfew has fewer side effects than pharmaceutical painkillers, which can be addictive and harmful.

Why I Chose Feverfew

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A member of the daisy family, feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is sometimes called wild chamomile. It grows alongside roads and near wooded areas.

The round stem is adorned with small white flowers and yellow-green leaves.

In the summer, the stems may reach a height of about three feet and are topped with yellow flowers with tight-bunched tubular florets surrounded by creamy white petals.

During the 1600s, feverfew was a common remedy for migraines and headaches. Used regularly, feverfew reduces migraine frequency and severity even when no other remedy has been effective.

The 1700s saw its use for everything, from opium overdose recovery to the treatment of fevers. It was also used to help with digestive issues, childbirth, alcohol withdrawal, sciatica, and mild depression.

Pain was one of the things it helped with – no matter what the source was. Since then, feverfew has been studied extensively to understand how it works.

There is evidence that it reduces inflammation, relieves spasms, dilates blood vessels, reduces fever, and migraines, arthritis, toothaches, and period pain.

Painkiller In a Jar Recipe

Using homegrown plants for preparing your remedies it’s always a good choice. I’ve grown my own Feverfew at home using these seeds, and I am pleased with the results.

I prefer making a tincture with feverfew because it’s very easy, very potent, and doesn’t take up much space, while providing us with a powerful long-lasting remedy.

I didn’t have our usual 4 oz. mason jars available, so I used another jar with a cork lid. All you need is a jar made of glass that will fit your ingredients.

Any 80-proof alcohol will work. Vodka is versatile and works well with all plants.

If you want to forage Feverfew, it is best to harvest it when it is in full bloom, in late summer. Cut the stems about one-third of the way down and hang them upside down in a paper bag in a cool, dry location. The herbs should be dry enough after a few weeks.

In total, making a feverfew tincture takes 4-6 weeks, but you’ll only spend about 10 minutes actually working on it.

There are only a few supplies you’ll need to make a tincture.

You will need:
  • A small glass jar (4 ounces) with a lid
  • A brown glass bottle with a dropper for tinctures
  • Dried feverfew, at least 2 oz
  • 80 proof Alcohol, enough to fill the jar (e.g. vodka)
  • Fine strainer or cheesecloth
Steps:
  1. Place your dried feverfew in the jar, packing it well to allow for more space.Painkiller-In-A-Jar-1- put dried feverfrew in the jar
  2. Once the jar is just over halfway full, pour your alcohol over it gently, all the way to the top of the jar.Painkiller-In-A-Jar-2- pour alcohol over the herbs
  3. You can seal the lid and shake it or mix everything together with a spoon before sealing it.
  4. Put today’s date on the jar so you know when you prepared it. Now place it in a cool dark place. Leave it here for the next 4-6 weeks. Your herbs cabinet is a perfect place for it.Painkiller-In-A-Jar-3- put in a cool location
  5. The tincture is ready after 4-6 weeks; all you need to do is strain it and pour it into a tincture bottle. Brown glass tincture jars protect the contents from sunlight, extending their effects significantly.
    Painkiller-In-A-Jar-4- put tincture in a tincture bottle

It will last you many years if you mark the tincture bottle to indicate what’s inside, and when to use it.

How to Use

Put a few drops under your tongue whenever you feel pains, aches, or fevers coming on.

Drop the tincture directly into your mouth after filling the dropper with it.

If the bitter taste bothers you, you can add it to your food or drink to mask it. If you need more, increase your dose up to two full droppers twice a day.

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I wanted to order this pack but when I went to pay, the country options were not available and I could not order. A pity!!!!!

Hi Laurie,

Thank you for your interest in the Medicinal Garden Kit!
Maybe you were trying to order the kit from outside the USA.
Due to customs rules and regulations, we can ship the seeds within the US only.

You can send us an email at support@thelostherbs.com and we will make sure to answer all your questions promptly.

Many blessings and good health!

I have feverfew in my garden. It likes to multiply! When you say dried herb, do you mean leaves and flowers or just mainly flowers?

I was wondering the same thing.

Use the leaves and the flowers.

Use the leaves and the flowers. I’ve been using this in tincture form for about 2 years. It’s wonderful and works great at keeping away the migraines.

Hi Peggi,

That’s amazing! You can use both the leaves and the flowers.

Many blessings and good health!

Same as Peggi

Use the leaves and the flowers.

Hi Jen,

Thank you for your comment. You can use both the leaves and the flowers.

Many blessings and good health!

I also tried I’m in Canada.

Hi Esther,

Thank you for your interest in the Medicinal Garden Kit!

Due to customs rules and regulations, we can ship the seeds within the US only.
You can send us an email at support@thelostherbs.com and we will make sure to answer all your questions promptly.

Many blessings and good health!

Ok for children?

Hi Reba,

You can replace the alcohol in this tincture recipe with apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerin.

However, there’s limited research on the safety and efficacy of feverfew, including its tincture form, in children. You can try a feverfew tea first.
 It’s essential to be cautious and monitor for any adverse reactions.

As an alternative, Peppermint oil diluted in carrier oil and gently massaged onto the temples or forehead may help alleviate pain and headache symptoms

Many blessings and good health!

I tried to order as well but was unsuccessful.

Hi Debbie,

Thank you for your interest in the Medicinal Garden Kit!

Maybe you were trying to order the kit from outside the USA.
Due to customs rules and regulations, we can ship the seeds within the US only.
You can send us an email at support@thelostherbs.com and we will make sure to answer all your questions promptly.

Many blessings and good health!

Hello, I just made my first batch of Natural Ibuprofen! 😁 I am a recent graduate of The Lost Herbs Academy last month. And I really enjoyed the videos & transcripts of information. Nicole is the Best. Now I can’t wait to get a headache or some pain, so I can try it out. 🙂 😀

Is the taste tolerable?

Well it has been 2 weeks…we shall see in 4 more weeks….⏳️

Hi Melanie,

Thank you so much for your comment!
We are happy to hear the Herbal Academy has helped you learn more about medicinal plants and herbal remedies.

Many blessings and good health!

I live in Costa Rica and can not find feverfew. Can manzanillo (chamomile) work in its place?

Hi Keliko,

Thank you for your question!
Yes, you can use Chamomile instead.

Many blessings and good health!

What does the vodka do?

Hi Cody,

Vodka serves as a solvent to extract the active compounds, such as alkaloids, flavonoids, and other beneficial constituents, from the plant material. The alcohol in vodka helps dissolve and draw out these compounds, making them bioavailable in the tincture.

Many blessings and good health!

Can we use fresh instead of dried for the tincture?

Hi Amanda,

Thank you for your interest in this remedy.
Yes, you can use fresh feverfew instead.

Many blessings and good health!

What can you use instead of alcohol in the tincture?

I am wondering that as well. Is there a non-alcoholic option? Would white vinegar work as well?

Hi Sally,

You can replace the alcohol with apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerin.

Many blessings and good health!

Is it as potent as vodka?

Hi Dem,

You can replace the alcohol with apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerin.

Many blessings and good health!

What does it mean to hang upside down in paper bag? I cannot get a visual in head on that.

Is there an image of what that would look like?

The dropper may also be used, of course, to fill empty gelatin capsules.

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