Tension, Migraine, and simply every day headaches can be treated and put to ease using herbal remedies. Some of the best herbs to use for treating all kinds of headaches are feverfew, catnip, chamomile, rosemary, peppermint, and white willow bark. I will explain to you what each herb is, how it can be taken, and what type of headache it can help treat.
The first herb I will explain to you is feverfew. I take feverfew every day to help prevent and treat my constant migraine headaches. Feverfew is a flower that is related to the sunflower family and gross like a small daisy with white petals and a yellow center. The parts of the feverfew flower that are used to help treat migraine headaches are the leaves. The leaves are crushed and used to make herbal teas or placed in capsules to make an easy to swallow pill when the herb is needed for treating headaches. The reason feverfew can help treat migraine headaches is because it contains powerful compounds in it called, “Parthenolides,” which helps inhibit compounds that cause inflammation inside the head and body. Reducing the inflammation in the head and body is key to relieving a painful migraine. The best way I find to take feverfew is in standardized capsule form because it is easier to take, but the most effective way to take it is using tincture because it gets the herb into the body faster and helps relieve the headache faster. The only problem I have with taking it in the tincture form is it can leave painful mouth sores in my mouth.
The next herb to use to treat mild migraine headaches and tension headaches is catnip. Catnip is a small purple or white flower that has mint shape lives on it. It is also know as catmint because it smells a little bit like the mint herb. The parts of this herb that is used to help treat mild migraines and tension headaches are the flower and the leaves. The flower and the leaves are dried and used to make an herbal tea to sip on. The reason it is used in this form is because it helps release more of a substance called, “Nepetalactone,” which is a natural sedative that helps relax the muscles in the body and reduce spasms. By relaxing the muscles in the body and reducing spasms it helps relieve the headaches. However, there are side effects from taking this herb to relieve your mild migraine or tension headaches such as drowsiness. I know this first hand. It does work with relieving a headache but it makes you super sleepy.
Now the third herb I am sure everyone has heard of is chamomile. Chamomile is a small daisy like flower and is related to the daisy family. Chamomile flowers are usually dried and used to make chamomile tea. Chamomile tea is the best form to take when trying to relieve a simple every day headache because it produces a calming sweet aroma that helps relieve stress and anxiety which are known to cause headaches. Chamomile also helps reduce inflammation and helps soothe away pains. However, this herb has been known to cause server allergic reactions in people who are allergic to any flower in the daisy family.
The best herbal remedy to take for treating any kind of headache without any kind of side effects unless you are allergic is rosemary. Rosemary is a weed like herb that gross in most all herb gardens. Dried cut rosemary is placed in boiling water to help release a powerful healing aroma from it that helps relieve headaches within 30 minutes. All you need to do is place your face over the steam coming from the boiling water with the rosemary in it and breathe in deeply to receive the healing benefits of the rosemary aroma and vapors. After you have done that you should be headache free. Now isn’t this an excellent herb for headaches. I know I sure do think so.
Now another excellent herb for all kinds of headaches is peppermint. Peppermint is a green leafy herb with a mint aroma. The parts of the peppermint herb that are used to help treat headaches are the leaves. The leaves are crushed into a paste and placed on a person’s forehead to help relieve a headache because they provide a cooling sensation that helps ease away pain. Peppermint leaves are also dried and used to make a tea to sip on to help relieve headaches because the powerful vapors and aromas that come from a cup of peppermint tea that help bring inflammation down in the sinuses and head. Peppermint also has very few side effects which is really nice.
The last herb I know of to help treat all kinds of headaches and especially tension headaches is white willow bark. White willow bark comes from willow tress and is used to help treat headaches because it contains a chemical called, “Salicin.” Salicin is used to help bring down inflammation and reduce pains in the neck, shoulders, and back which helps relieve tension headaches. The best way to take white willow bark for treating headaches is by chewing on a piece of clean white willow bark which can be found at an herbal store. However, people who are allergic to aspirin should not take this herb to treat your headache because it does cause serve allergic reactions.
So, there you have it some herbal remedies to help treat and relieve your headaches naturally. However, before taking any of these herbs it is best to talk to your doctor first to make sure they are safe for you to take. If they are safe for you to take I wish you all the best of luck with getting rid of your headaches naturally.