Butterbur root has long been used as a medicinal herb throughout history due to its various benefits which include: treating respiratory irritations, asthma, and cough, reducing migraines and hay fever, as well as strengthening the heart and kidneys.

Respiratory System Support

Butterbur root has a long history as a medicinal herb since its usage dates back to the Middle Ages when it was used as a remedy for the plague, to help alleviate headaches and wounds, as well as to treat respiratory irritations such as asthma and cough.

A true anti-allergy agent, Butterbur root is prescribed today to soothe symptoms of seasonal allergies, such as sneezing, nasal discharges, and itchiness around the eyes - all without inducing drowsiness or any side-effects usually linked to ingesting antihistamine treatments.

Migraine and Hay Fever Treatment

In our modern times, derivatives from Butterbur plant have been used to alleviate migraine attacks and hay fever (allergic rhinitis) due to supporting the healthy blood flow in the head.

Butterbur contains petasin and isopetasin which, according to studies, can alleviate the pain in severe migraine attacks - even for children.

A clinical study in children found that taking a specific butterbur rhizome extract was superior to placebo and equivalent to music therapy in reducing migraine headaches. Another study also found that butterbur extract may decrease the frequency of migraine headaches in children aged 6-17 years.

Butterbur has also been studied and found to be effective in a treatment of hay fever without the sedative effects of antihistamines.

Heart and Kidney Health

Butterbur is regularly used as a health tonic to strengthen the heart and kidneys.

Other traditional medical uses of Butterbur root include treatment of urinary tract disorders, spasms, gastrointestinal problems, and cramping.

In some cultures Butterbur was used in the treatment of sores, depression, obesity, and gastrointestinal parasitic infestation.


Put 2 teaspoons of Butterbur root into a 200ml cup of boiling water and let it steep for 15 minutes. Strain and drink it.


If you're pregnant, breastfeeding, have a liver disease, or you're allergic to ragweed and related plants, refrain from taking this plant.

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Butterbur is a perennial shrub that grows in marshy areas of North America, Asia, and Europe.

The scientific name of Butterbur is “petasites”, which comes from ancient Greek “petasos”, signifying a wide-brimmed felt hat that Greek shepherds used to wear.

It got its common name thanks to the fact that its large leaves were historically used to wrap butter during warm weather to keep it from melting.

As a member of the sunflower family of plants, it is related to the marigold, dandelion, thistle, safflower, dahlia, and artichoke.

Most safely used with extracts derived from its roots, Butterbur is a plant that has a long history of treating various ailments.