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Ever heard of Butterbur? Well, it is a plant extract used in alternative medicine remedies. Butterbur comes from a shrub that grows in Europe, Asia and parts of North America, and is commonly used to treat migraines and hay fever, although it has a number of other potential uses. 


Butterbur extract is taken from the leaf, roots or bulb of the plant.


The name butterbur is thought to come from the fact that its large leaves were traditionally used to wrap butter and stop it from melting in summer. 

Butterbur has been used since the middle ages when it was being used to fight the plague. Over centuries, it has been used to treat a range of conditions of ailments including:

  • asthma
  • coughs
  • wounds

Today it is used for so much more including relief from insect stings! 

I use my Summer Soaps and my Bug-B-Gone balm this time of year to keep the bugs at bay. But if ever I'm caught without them and have to endure an attack, butterbur provides me instant and long-lasting relief!

Butterbur is also great for relief from allergies such as hay fever!

It also helps with:

  • upset stomachs
  • urinary tract infections
  • headaches and migraines

Butterbur is believed most effective due to the anti-inflammatory effects of the active components. 


Butterbur contains two chemicals called petasin and isopetasin. These chemicals help to reduce spasms and inflammation. It is the action of these chemicals that are thought to give Butterbur its health benefits.


It can be taken in a number of forms, including:

  • extracts
  • capsules
  • powders
  • tinctures
  • gels

My personal form of choice is powder and it works quickly and fine. I do not notice much side effects except a slight increase in appetite. It is STRONGLY advised that you are very clear on your dosing instructions for your Butterbur product. Different sources and forms may have different dosing suggestions. 


For natural products to avoid Insect stings and bites, try our Bug-B-Gone balm and any of our lovely smelling soaps from our  Summer Soap Collection. 




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