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Headache Herbs & Migraine Remedies


Headaches can be triggered by a variety of factors, such as muscle tension, fatigue and emotional upsets. These occasional headaches are relatively easy to cure, unlike the crippling, chronic pain of migraines. The underlying causes of migraines is not well understood, but some common causes are stress, alcohol, pregnancy, menstruation, ingestion of tyramines,(amino acids found in high amounts in chocolate, wine, beer and other foods). The most common herb used to treat migraines is feverfew. Ginger and ginkgo may also provide some relief. 1

Bay Laurel * Butterbur * Calamus root * Cayenne Pepper * Coffee * Corydalis * Feverfew * Jamaican Dogwood * Kava-Kava * Lavender * Oregano * Peppermint * Rue * Skullcap * Valerian root * White Peony root * White Willow Bark * Wood Betony *

  • Soaking in herbal baths, and stimulating foot baths dispel a tension headache as well for sinus headaches and stuffiness.
  • A warm cup of herbal tea made with peppermint, vervain or lemon balm will relieve a headache, especially one that involves nausea. An tea made from the leaves of fresh oregano will relieve nervous headache.
  • Lavender herbal teas should be used in combination with melissa (lemon balm) and skullcap. Skullcap also treats the symptoms of emotional excess "rising" in the body to cause blushing, flushing, irritability, or headache.
  • Aromatherapy is therapeutic for headaches because of the duel actions of the analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties and the relaxing calming effect the oils have on the mind. For sinus headaches use aromatic oils in a steam inhalation. A few drops of lavender oil rubbed on the temple will cure a nervous headache. Combine rosemary and juniper oils with a carrier and apply to them to the nape of the neck and upper shoulders, massaging until the muscles relax. When overheating causes a headache usa a few drops of peppermint essential oil in a cold compress across the forehead or over the back of the neck cools the body.
  • Massage a balm containing cayenne powder into your temples for headaches, or take encapsulated cayenne.
  • Valerian is effective as an nerve tonic and as a remedy for headaches and pain, especially when a headache is keeping you from restful sleep.
  • Phytochemicals called kavaloactones provide kava's gentle stress-beating, muscle-relaxing influence. Great for tension headache.
  • Butterbur ,Petasites vulgaris is used in Germany to treat migraines.
  • Jamaican Dogwood is considered a relatively powerful remedy for migraine and neuralgia. Makes a good tasting cup of tea with a touch of cinnamon
  • The familiar culinary herb bay laurel contains pathenolides, the same phytochemical in feverfew used in the treatment of migraines. Try using bay in combination with feverfew to prevent migraine.
  • Coffee, and the caffeine it contains activate OTC painkillers making them more is more effective against tension headaches. Conversely, if you find yourself unable to get your usual caffeine fix, one the withdrawal symptoms is a headache.

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