Headache Herbs Migraine Remedies
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 *
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). 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. 1
Studies have found that over 50% of migraine sufferers are deficient in magnesium. Dr. Oz Vegetables (especially green leafy ones), nuts and seeds, and legumes are your best food sources for magnesium. WHfoods.org Magnesium is also found commonly in supplement form.
Bitters & Syrups
Herbal remedies for headaches: The most common herb used to treat migraines is feverfew. The familiar culinary herb bay laurel contains pathenolides, the same phytochemical contained in feverfew Try using bay in combination with feverfew to prevent migraine headaches. White, Linda B. M.D. Ginger and ginkgo may also provide some relief. A good topical pain releive method is to massage a balm containing cayenne powder into your temples for headaches. Make sure to avoid getting any into your eyea or other senitive areas. 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 . kava's gentle stress-beating, muscle-relaxing influence is a great choice for treating a tension headache. Butterbur ,Petasites vulgaris is used in Germany to treat migraines.
Herbal teas for headaches: A warm cup of herbal tea made with peppermint, vervain or lemon balm will relieve a headache, especially one that involves nausea. An herbal 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. Jamaican Dogwood is considered a relatively powerful remedy for migraine and neuralgia. Makes a good tasting cup of tea with a touch of cinnamon.
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. Soaking in aromatic baths, and foot baths can dispel a tension headache as well sinus headaches and stuffiness.
Bitters & Syrups
- Blue Vervain tea
- Cayenne Infused oil
- Chamomile tea
- Chrysanthemum tea
- Clogged Sinuses Headache
- Codonopsis root tea
- Gin Soaked Raisins
- Ginger root tea
- Jamaican dogwood tea
- Kava Kava Drink
- Kudzu powder tea
- Lemon balm Tea
- Migraine compress
- Mistletoe tea
- Mustard seed foot bath
- Peppermint Lemon Tripple Whammy
- Rue Oil
- Sinus Headache Blend
- Skullcap tea
- Tension Headache Relief
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- : Doctors at the Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, have found that the common painkiller, ibuprofen, is more active against tension headaches when combined with caffeine.
- . Complementary Medicine - Jamaican Dogwood , University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), (2006): Jamaican Dogwood is considered a relatively powerful remedy for for treating nerve pain, migraine, insomnia, anxiety, fear, and nervous tension.,
- James Duke. "The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook" Rodale Books, (2000) Phytochemicals called kavaloactones provide kava's gentle stress-beating, muscle-relaxing influence. Great for tension headaches
- Maud Grieve. "Modern Herbal Vol 1" Harcourt, (1931) Externally, Rue is an active irritant, being employed as a rubefacient. If bruised and applied, the leaves will ease the severe pain of sciatica. The expressed juice, in small quantities, was a noted remedy for nervous nightmare, and the fresh leaves applied to the temples are said to relieve headache.