Botanical name

Tanacetum parthenium

Common Names

Bachelor's buttons, featherfew, matricaria


Compositae (Asteraceae)


Can be found growing in  the wild, throughout the British Isles.

Part supplied

The chopped herb.

Food Use


Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.

Alternatively add half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.

The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.

Medicinal Use

Headaches, dizziness, tinnitus, dysmenorrhea. 

Key actions: Bitter tonic, anti-inflammatory, anthelmintic, antiallergic, emmenagogue.

In clinic: Herbalists use this herb to treat fever, arthritis and prevent migraines. 

If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.


Infusion: 1 teaspoon of herb to a cup of cold water. Pour boiling water over the herb and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.

Tincture: Take 1 ml (1:3 in 45% tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.

Other Uses

Cosmetic Use

None known.

Other Uses

None known.



This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Compositae). Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.

Side effects

Side effects seem to occur more frequently after fresh leaf consumption. Possible side effects include the following: contact dermatitis, headaches, weight gain, palpitations, dizziness, sore tongue, swollen lips or mouth, mouth ulcers, heavier menstruation, urinary complaints, skin rash and slight gastrointestinal issues. Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.

Interactions with drugs

None known.

Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.

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