Butterbur comes from a shrub that grows in Europe, Asia, and parts of North America, and is available as a natural remedy in many health food stores and pharmacies. It is most commonly used to treat migraines and hay fever, although it has a number of other potential uses.
What is butterbur?
The proper name for the butterbur plant is petasites hybridus. It grows best in wet marshland, damp forest soil, or on riverbanks.
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 extract is taken from the leaf, roots, or bulb of the plant.
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