Natural Remedies for Migraine
Many herbs possess anti-inflammatory characteristics, which is a reason why a diet rich in fruits & vegetables is generally beneficial for health.
Some herbs act as a mild analgesics and has been used in herbal medicine as pain relievers. In addition, they may reduce anxiety, stress and remedy sleeplessness too.
Below I listed a few herbs that can reduce or treat migraine.
- Willow trees (Salix Alba)
Willow bark decoction is the most effective remedy for a headache. In fact, if you drink a cup of decoction, migraine disappears within one half hour, say experts. The explanation is that willow bark has salicin, a substance with analgesic effect as aspirin. However, willow, is devoid the side effects of aspirin. Prepare decoction from a tablespoon of ground bark willow and 250 ml of water (8 oz.). Boil the tea for 10 minutes, then strain it. You can drink up to two – three cups of decoction a day.
- Basil (Osmium Basilica)
Basil is known for its property to reduce the tension induced by migraine and eliminates the nausea, which accompany the severe headache. Basil also helps to cellular oxygenation, removes fatigue and reduces anxiety.
– Place two teaspoons of plant in 500 ml of cold water and leave it to soak for one night. Drink up to two cups a day.
– Pour one cup of boiling water over two teaspoons of herb. Keep it covered with a lid for 10-15 minutes. Drink the tea sweetened with honey and lemon.
- Laurel (Laura’s Nobile’s)
Bay leaves have been used for centuries among the remedies for headaches. Due to their rich content in substances with analgesic, bay leaves can be used as natural medicines to treat migraines of any kind.
Prepare a tea from three to four bay leaves in a cup of hot water. Leave to infuse for 10 minutes and drink the tea twice a day.
- Mint (Mentha)
This plant has a soothing effect, especially in headaches caused by sinus infection. Another advantage of this plant is that it reduces symptoms accompanying migraine: nausea, sensitivity to light, etc. You can make a mint tea from a teaspoon of herb added to a cup of boiled water, as well as, placing a mixture from a few drops of essential peppermint with olive oil on the middle of the forehead. Experts also recommend inhalations with mint: place three to four tablespoons of herb in one liter of water, boil and inhale the vapors, maximum five minutes.
Although, it is not directly involved in treating headaches, Chamomile is an excellent remedy for reducing the stress, the tension, the fatigue, the main factors that trigger migraines. You can drink a chamomile tea prepared from one teaspoon of dried plant added to a cup of hot water. Leave the mixture to infuse for 15-20 minutes; drink three cups of tea per day.
Ginger may relieve the pain of the forehead. You can drink ginger juice mixed with water. You can also put ginger compresses on forehead. Mix grated ginger roots and add a little water. Put the mixture on a clean cloth and apply as a compress on the forehead, but do not leave it too long, because may give a burning sensation.
- Chicory (Cichorium Intybus)
Headaches that occur in women with menstrual cycle can be controlled with tea of chicory flowers. Prepare the tea from a teaspoon of dried flowers and a cup of boiling water. Let it infuse for 10 minutes. Drink two cups of tea per day, throughout the period.
Fresh Ginger juice with honey:
– chopped Ginger (one root)
– 1/2 lemon
– add 3 Tablespoons honey
– one liter of water
– 1 Apple, 1 orange, 1 mango (optional)
Put chopped ginger in blender with fruits. Mix it very well. Strain and drink the juice fresh or preserved in a fridge.