Those who suffer from migraines know that migraine relief is the difference between functioning and, well, not. There’s no middle ground.
What You Eat … or Don’t … Can Cause Migraines
Keeping track of what you eat and how it affects you in a food journal is a way to not only maintain good health but to also mitigate the occurrence of migraines. Certain foods, particularly processed foods, can trigger the onset of a headache because they contain chemical additives like food colorings, preservatives, and other additives like monosodium glutamate or aspartame.
Here is a list of helpful herbal remedies that may be able to help you.
1. Basil — Ocimum basilicum
A tender, easy-to-grow annual herb, the healing effects of basil work as a muscle relaxant. Traditionally considered a warming herb which stimulates the body processes, a basil tonic has an analgesic effect that helps to relieve pain.
2. Bay — Laurus nobilis
Also known as sweet bay, Bay leaves were predominantly considered a culinary herb, but were also used by the Native Americans for headache relief. Bay laurel contains the natural anti-inflammatory chemical parthenolide (also found in feverfew). Leaves can be steeped in hot water for tea or used in the bath. The oil, diluted and in small amounts, can be applied topically to alleviate pain.
3. Butterbur — Petasites hybridus
This anti-inflammatory herb relaxes the blood vessels in the brain and as a natural beta-blocker encourages normal blood flow. Raw, unprocessed butterbur should not be used since it contains harmful properties. Only use the extract of the root, processed to remove toxicity. It most often comes in capsule form.
4. Catnip — Nepeta cataria
Not just for cats! The flowering top of this member of the mint family is excellent for migraine relief. Taken in tea form, catnip is a mild sedative used in traditional herbology for hundreds of years. It has anti-inflammatory characteristics that help reduce stress and anxiety, often the cause of migraine headaches. The (diluted) essential oil or a leaf salve can be used topically on the temples.
5. Chamomile — Chamaemelum nobile
A cup of chamomile tea acts as a mild sedative, with anti-inflammatory components that can help reduce muscle spasms. It can also be used in a hot compress on the back to relieve the pain caused by muscle tension.
6. Feverfew — Tanacetum parthenium
At one time known as medieval aspirin, feverfew is a longstanding headache remedy, also called wild chamomile. It has both analgesic and anti-inflammatory qualities and a mild tranquilizing effect. Use it dried or fresh in tinctures or teas (although it has a bitter taste) or take it in capsule form.
7. Ginger — Zingiber officinale
The ginger root is actually not a root at all but a rhizome, and this is the source of the plant’s healing qualities. Another herb with anti-inflammatory traits, ginger root is an excellent herb for migraine relief. Add fresh slices of ginger root to your cup of tea in the morning. Extracted ginger juice can be used on compresses and in baths or made into a paste or oil for topical use.
8. Lavender — Lavandula species
The wonderfully aromatic scent of lavender is an uplifting boost in its own right just by inhaling it. Also, rubbing a few drops of diluted lavender oil on the temples brings about soothing relief to headache pain.
9. Mint — Mentha piperita
The perennial peppermint is one of the most widely used plants in herbal remedies. It contains menthol, thymol, and other oils that add to the powerhouse punch it packs. Peppermint tea is excellent for migraine relief and other ailments, like cough and cold. A simple infusion of its leaves taken as a drink can help reduce headache pain and also as a cold compress applied to the head with a few drops of diluted mint oil.
10. Rosemary — Rosmarinus officinalis
The earliest Chinese herbalists used rosemary in tea for treating headaches. It warms the body from the inside out according to traditional wisdom. It continues to be a viable choice for migraine sufferers, reducing feelings of tension and stress. Use the essential oil in diluted form in the bath, in a salve or cream, or as a rub on temples and neck.
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