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Butterbur Benefits, Uses and Side Effects

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  • Butterbur (Petasites hybridus), also known as “European butterbur” in North America, is a perennial herbal shrub that belongs to the Asteraceae family. Its name was derived from its large leaves, which were traditionally used as a wrapper for butter blocks during warm weather
  • Petasin, or butterbur extract, is known to help ease headaches and migraine, allergies, and spasms of the urogenital and gastrointestinal tract with its anti-inflammatory and spasmolytic properties
  • Butterbur products are usually made with butterbur extract taken from its roots and leaves

Butterbur (Petasites hybridus), which is also known as "European butterbur" in North America, is a perennial herbal shrub that belongs to the Asteraceae family. It can be found growing along rivers, ditches and marshy areas in Asia, Europe and parts of North America. Its name was derived from its large leaves, which were traditionally used as a wrapper for butter blocks during warm weather.


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