Headache has off late been one of the most troubling symptoms that people complain of. It indeed is one of the most common clinical features in a plethora of diseases and deformities. Ranging in severity from mild forehead aches to throbbing diffuse aches, headaches represent a diverse scenery in which it is often troubling to discover the underlying cause. Migraine, vertigo and vestibular disturbances are some familiar terms associated with headache or head reeling as the primary symptom that all of us must have come across once in a while in a way or the other.
However, migraine headaches are a class apart. Pulsatile dilatation of certain blood vessels of head is the cause of the throbbing aches. The sharp, pounding and kicking pain clouds every other thought that arises in the mind. No medicine has been able to provide a permanent cure for it till date. The treatment, although satisfactory, is only symptomatic. The patients get regular bouts of headaches for which they use medicines prescribed according to the severity of the disease. Migraine has been classified into mild, moderate and severe categories, where, the moderate and severe forms are accompanied by episodes of nausea and vomiting. The tryptan class of drugs are popular for providing relief from migraine aches. Here is a list of plants and herbs that constitute the list of natural cures for headache.
Popular for its innate property of providing relief from stomach aches when used as tea, this herb is also famous for its headache relief properties. Peppermint oil has been proved to provide prompt relief when used in solution with carriers like coconut oil and ethanol. Scientists from Germany concluded from one of their studies that a mixture of ethanol and peppermint oil is a very affordable and effective treatment for migraine headaches as it provided instant relief when rubbed on the temples and forehead areas.
Well known for its sleep inducing properties in insomniacs, valerian roots have been claimed to work wonders on migraine aches. This is very well attributed to the sedative, anxiolytic and relaxing properties of the herb. Its calming effect on the central nervous system and brain seems quite applicable on sleep and headaches. Its roots are dried and sold in the form of capsules as dietary supplements.
Just like peppermint oil, lavender oil is also used for its pain relieving properties in migraine aches. Better known for its anti-spasmodic, analgesic, anxiolytic and sedative properties, this extravagantly fragrant oil can be inhaled after dispensing few drops of it in boiling water or by applying it topically on the head. Even the dried buds and flowers of the herb can be laid as pillows and pouches on the forehead region.
- Coriander Seeds
They were used as an inhalational remedy for headaches during the ancient times. It is believed that the volatile oil present in coriander seeds soothes the blood vessels that cause migraine through its anti-inflammatory properties. Either it can be consumed after getting cooked with tea or inhaling the vapors of its seeds after pouring boiling water over them.
The freeze dried herb is available in the form of capsules for the preventive treatment of migraine headaches only and doesn’t work for other kind of headaches. It contains a group of chemicals known as pathenolides, which are responsible for its properties. Since bay leaves contain the same chemical, feverfew when combined with bay leaves is an effective solution. Since its bitter taste can irritate the mouth, it is not consumed orally. Its efficacy has been tested via various scientific studies wherein I proved to decrease the frequency of migraine episodes as well as altogether stop any such attack in few cases. A tincture of lavender, poppy and feverfew has been proved effective for migraine headaches as well.
It is effective in a variety of headaches. Starting from gastrointestinal distress headaches to hormonal imbalance induced headaches and hot flushes as well as tension headaches which originate from the forehead and spreading throughout, for which a larger dose is better preferred. The essential oil has been proved to be working a class apart for migraine headaches as well.
Though it has been argued that licorice can trigger certain kinds of headaches, the herb is particularly useful to provide instant relief in certain other headaches like those associated with adrenal and kidney insufficiencies. For people who are a fan of its’ sweet scent, its good news that you could use it to cure your troubles as well. It has also provided relief in cases of fatigue. Yet, it should be used with caution and proper consult or research, because in few people it has triggered certain kinds of headaches.
For all the fans of “Vampire dairies” out there, here is your cure for that head upset! This herb yields beautiful purple flowers. When consumed as tea or with some appropriate ingredients with the fresh plant tincture of the herb, it can handle tension headaches, PMS headaches as well as nervous and anxiety associated headaches.
It is a sedative, anxiolytic, relaxing nervine and antispasmodic properties help relieving stress, menstrual cramps and tension induced headaches. It is also known to It treats states of emotional excess “rising” in the body very effectively and prevents flushing, blushing, irritability and headaches. Its sweet, cool and bitter taste is quite tantalizing. It is also known to decrease excessive sexual desires. Since skullcaps are often adulterated with “Germander” which has been proved to show liver toxicity and hence it should only be picked freshly and used.
Ginger is a form of medicine which has been used since ages as natural cure for sore throat and common cold. It particularly helps in viral and bacterial infection induced headaches. It is known to limit and cure inflammation and thus helps ease the pain. Fresh crushed ginger can be added to tea or boiling water or even the dried roots can be salted and consumed as such for relief against headaches.