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3 herbs for natural headache remedies

Submitted by on Wednesday, 22 July 2009 Loading Add to favourites  10 Comments

feverfew a natural remedy for migrainesI love the concept of using food and herbs as medicine. Mother Nature can provide us with an effective and safe medicine chest and there is so much you can grow at home.

If you suffer from headaches or migraines, why not grow some herbs and use their powers to provide you with a safe, effective and natural headache remedy?

Feverfew

Feverfew is excellent for migraines, thanks to its bitter, liver-stimulating properties. If you’re brave (or desperate) then go ahead and chew a leaf, but if not, eat a leaf with a meal to disguise the taste. It’s worth the effort as feverfew can provide rapid relief for migraines.

Rosemary

Put a small sprig of rosemary into a jug and pour on 1/2 litre of boiling water. Cover and leave to infuse for ten minutes. Strain and sip the rosemary tea. Rosemary tea is effective for headaches bought on my stress and tension, so try to relax while you drink and let go of any tension.

Lavender

Put a handful of fresh lavender – flowers, leaves and stalks into a bowl of warm water. Cover your head with a towel and inhale the vapours for ten minutes while you relax. Another way to use lavender for frequent headaches is to make a lavender pillow and try and sleep with it under your own pillow every night.

What about you – have you used herbs succesfully for treating headaches?

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  • Wilson Pon says:

    Mrs Green, besides of the above three herbs, other natural herbs, such as Peppermint, Chamomile and Bay are also effective to overcome the migraine too!

  • healthmom says:

    Frequent headaches may be a sign that you are deficient in vitamin B2. Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, is one of the eight B vitamins that help to convert food into energy and enhance your nervous system functioning.

    Vitamin B2 assists your body in metabolizing protein and fat, and helps build healthy hair and skin. Vitamin B2 is required for proper cell mitochondria function, and when a deficiency occurs, it is suggested that this may trigger headaches in many individuals.

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  • Mrs Green says:

    @Wilson Pon: Hi Wilson; ahhhh, peppermint is one of my favourites. I was not aware of Bay helping with migraine – I’ll have to look into it – thank you!

  • Aldo says:

    Another popular herbal remedy for headaches comes from the ginger root. Ginger has been used for centuries to treat nausea but can also be used in a tea to treat discomfort from headaches, especially those resulting from menstrual cramps.

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  • Mrs Green says:

    @Aldo: Hi Aldo, welcome and thank you for your suggestion. I love ginger and had forgotten about its use for headaches; although I used to take it for migraines, thinking I was combating the nausea – perhaps I was wiser than I realised!

  • Apples are valuable in curing all types of headaches. After removing the upper rind and the inner hard portion of a ripe apple, it should be taken with a little salt every morning on an empty stomach in such cases. This should be continued for about a week.

  • Mrs Green says:

    @Dr. Christopher’s Products: Thanks for the information about apples; I’d not heard of that!

  • Borislava says:

    I have suffered intense headaches and oddly enough the big breakthrough for me was switching to a gluten-free diet for just a few weeks ( I did that after a blood food intolerance test suggested by a doctor) and really, the change was big enough to convince even a skeptic like me.

  • Mrs Green says:

    @Borislava: Ah yes, changing the diet to one more suited to you as an individual can cure all sorts of ills. Glad it worked out 🙂