In this post, I want to look into six herbal migraine remedies that have been found to give migraine sufferers some relief from their migrianes and the symptoms.

There are lots of herbs and supplements available that claim to help relieve migraine headache symptoms and I know through my own experience some of these herbal remedies for migraine headaches have personally had some fantastic results.

Every person will get slightly different and individual results to any medications and/or herbal medicines they take. So, it’s really important to always remember this when using any herbal remedy treatments. What gives one person fantastic results may not have exactly the same result you.

Migraine Diary Health Record migraine management planIt’s a great idea to keep your own records on any herbal remedies you are using or may have used in the past. Keep a “migraine diary” that includes what symptoms you’re having, what treatments you’ve used, along with the relief it may have given you. This should be recorded at the onset and then during your migraine. This will help you create a “migraine management” plan for the future and can also be helpful to share with your medical professional or herbalist.

Always remember before taking any new supplements or herbal medication to talk to your healthcare professional if you are unsure, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or on any other medication.

Herbs and Herbal Infusions – Can They Help Me?

Natural herbal plant remedies, as well as herbal Infusions (Herbal teas), have long been known to have some wonderful health benefits. Herbal infusions and herbal supplements have been used throughout history to give relief to many health symptoms including migraines.

A herbal infusion does not just help us in the ingestion of the teas herbal tonics healing properties but it can also help us in the need to stop, sit and take a quiet relaxed moment.

1. Chamomile

Chamomile Tea is a very popular infusion and is best known for its relaxation although it has a wide variety of other health benefits.

Chamomile has been used in traditional healing medicines for thousands of years and it has many uses in natural health.

It can be quite helpful because of its natural anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic properties (helping reduce muscle spasms) and pain-relieving properties. It can also help you by reducing the feelings of nausea, a symptom of a migraine.

It’s considered a “safe plant” and there is no recommended dosage when it comes to drinking chamomile tea, but it is suggested to drink somewhere between one and four cups a day to get the benefits.

Chamomile can help with sleep, which is great for those who have had trouble getting enough rest and need a little extra help sleeping to prevent becoming overtired, which can be a trigger for their migraine headaches.

Chamomile comes from the flower of the herb plant, which is from the daisy family. Because of this, it should be avoided if you are prone to pollen allergies or hayfever.

Chamomile does come in other supplement forms, It can be found in either tablet, liquid or tincture (dissolved in alcohol).

2. Feverfew

Feverfew is a popular migraine treatment and is also from the daisy family. It’s a herb that has also been used for thousands of years in natural medicines. They use the leaves from the plant which are dried, sometimes the flowers and stems are used as well. It is made into tea infusions, capsules, tablets and liquids.

It contains anti-inflammatory and vessel-widening effects and is a popular natural treatment for headaches because it relieves muscle spasms and prevents the blood vessels in your brain from tightening.

It is suggested that feverfew is best used as a preventative herbal medicine and may not stop a migraine once it has started. But if you experience migraines regularly feverfew might be something that can help you reduce these occurrences.

Unfortunately, the tea has a very bitter flavour and may cause your mouth to become irritated, so when trying the tea just drink a little at first and see how you go. But if this really is a taste you cannot tolerate then perhaps its best to use capsules, tablets or a tincture.

Feverfew is not recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Always remember to talk to your healthcare professional if you are unsure.

3. Butterbur

Butterbur is a shrub and was used as a herbal remedy in the Middle Ages to fight the plague. The extract is taken from the leaves, roots, or bulb of the plant.

Nowadays it is mostly used to treat migraines and headaches, along with hayfever and allergies. It is suggested that it can help reduce pain, spasms and inflammation so this is why it will help with reducing the symptoms of your migraine headache.

What is “PA-free” butterbur? You should not use the natural Butterbur plant as it contains chemicals called PAs (pyrrolizidine alkaloids). You should check that your supplements are PA-free. PAs may cause liver damage or cause other serious side-effects in your body.

It can be purchased in extract form or in capsules, powders, tinctures and gels. You should not take butterbur if you are a person who has an allergy to plants or you are sensitive to plant-based products.

 

4. Skullcap

This was used in ancient Chinese medicine and comes in the form of an infusion that can be used to relieve anxiety and is also used for stress migraines and headaches. It has anti-inflammatory properties and will help with sleeplessness as it has a mild sedative effect that will cause a relaxing of your body for around 32 hours after ingesting.

Skullcap can relax your blood vessels and can stop the pressure within your head that is possibly causing your migraine headache.

It’s important to note that it is NOT to be taken during pregnancy, or with other medications such as sedatives or anti-depressants. It has a mild sedative effect and could make you feel drowsy after drinking it, it wouldn’t be a good idea to use skullcap when you need to be alert and on task.

5. Ginger Root

Ginger is a tropical spice and is presumed to be fairly “safe” in its use. It makes a delicious and mildly spicy tea and has been used throughout Ayurvedic medicine (ancient “whole body” traditional medicine).

Ginger has been found to be very effective in treating migraines and headaches. It has anti-inflammatory properties and may just reduce the feelings of pain and swelling. Another fantastic thing about ginger root is that it can also help with the migraine headache symptom of nausea.

Always use caution and never take large amounts of any herbal remedies. You should take the time to discuss your health management with a professional health practitioner.

6. Peppermint

Peppermint is a herb that makes a wonderful tea relaxing that is used to help reduce stress. It also helps with nausea and often used for indigestion problems too, which can also be side effects of migraine headaches.

Peppermint leaves can be used as infusions and can also be found in capsules and in liquid extract form. Peppermint oil is also found as a liquid solution and capsule. It’s thought to be a “safe plant” used as a natural remedy, although peppermint oil is a highly concentrated oil and only a few drops should ever be used. Never use remedies on infants or children unless they are under the supervision of a medical professional.

If drinking an infusion or tea of peppermint always ensure that it is made of natural peppermint leaves and not made from artificial peppermint flavoured additives.

Always Remember Safety First

Just like everything in life, moderation is always important when taking any remedies. This includes both herbal supplements and drinking herbal teas. Do not use any remedy excessively as it can be toxic to do so. Always follow the labelling and your health professionals directions.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding always remember safety first. It is important to be careful and talk to your health professionals first if you’re at all unsure.

You should never give or use herbal remedies on infants or children unless they are under the guided supervision of a medical professional.


 

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  1. Wow, what are a great post!

    Personally, I’m a big fan of herbal teas. I was born in Ukraine and it is a county of Chamomile & Feverfew. Each & every winter it was, somehow, compulsory to have one cup of tea a day (especially when it was -4 °F outside). I guess therefore I never had any a migraine when I lived there… LOL.

    However, I have some experience with a migraine as well, and herbal teas are the best solution!

    • That’s so fantastic to hear. Herbal teas can be quite powerful and help with many ailments. I am incredibly pleased you enjoyed my post about herbal remedies. I hope you enjoy drinking your next cup of tea. Blessings and Gratitude, Mary

  2. So I just recently started adding CBD oil to my morning coffee and, for the first few days, I was getting these aching headaches located behind my right eye. Then, someone told me that CBD needs fats to bind to when you consume it in coffee. I started using Kerrygold butter and it makes a noticeable difference, but doesn’t solve the problem entirely.

    I’m using CBD mainly for the benefits that I feel in my respiratory system (opening and expansion of lungs), but I’m wondering if there’s a way to alleviate these dull headache symptoms.

    Are there any of these six herbal remedies that you’d recommend to counteract these CBD effects.

    • Hi Tucker,
      Thank you for your comment. Although many people are finding CBD oil to be a helpful natural treatment for their health issues, as far as I understand there is still a lot to be learnt about this treatment and the studies are ongoing. I could not tell you if any of these herbal remedies would benefit you or interact with your current treatment plan, but I would recommend you see your Health-Care Professional so they can check the cause behind these headaches you are experiencing.

      Your Health-Care Professional should be able to tell you if these remedies would be safe or not to take with your CBD oil. So please talk with them first before mixing any herbal remedies or medications.

      On another note, If you would like another way of alleviating headaches take a look at my article on pressure points and my review on acupressure mats.

      https://migrainenaturalremedies.com/acupressure-mats-review-do-they-really-work

      I hope this helps and you find some relief for your headaches.

    • Thank you for your comments Teo Chee Shi, I hope they too can find some value in my posts. As a migraine sufferer, I know how important it is to find relief remedies that work for the individual. With much gratitude. Mary

  3. Very interesting post I am in the health and wellnes nich myself. I really like to beautiful pictures that accompanied the blog post. I found the piece to be very informative. And has given me a few ideas as to what to write myself in regard to migraine, and what natural remedies to use

    • HI Joseph, I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed reading my post on herbal remedies. Thanks for your feedback and I look forward to hearing you opinions on my other posts on natural remedies fro migraine sufferers. Wishing you a happy holiday season, Mary

  4. Great article you have got here and what an insightful review of various remedies to tackling migraine. We all know migraine can be serious pain in the backside and thanks to an article like yours, a lot of folks will find this not only helpful but a one stop place to gain more insight.

    I will therefore recommend this site to a friend or two whom I know will greatly benefit from what you have done here. Thanks for sharing this and I will look out for more post like this from you.

    • Hi there Richard, Thank you for coming to my site and reading my post on herbal remedies, I am so pleased to know that you can share this with others and they may find some relief from their migraines. I have  a number of other remedies on my site that help with various symptoms of migraines. Blessings for the holiday season, Mary

  5. Hi there,

    I do not have migraines, but find it interesting to note how herbs can help dissolve them.  I use ginger root in drinks, smoothies and teas.  It is very good for dealing with nausea in general.

    I also drink chamomile tea and peppermint. Nettle is also one of my favourites.  Drinking plenty of water each day is a migraine dissolver also.

    Thanks for sharing this article.

    • Hi Stella, I agree with you that natural remedies are great ways to help with migraines and other ailments, they may relieve the pain and discomfort but a migraine is quite different from a headache so its important to find the cause or the “triggers”. Most of all its important when using natural remedies to not over do by taking too much of any herbal remedy, or mixing too many remedies. If your ever unsure you should see your local health care professional. 

      I also love herbal teas as not only are they helping me but they have helped me to stop my excessive coffee drinking habit which was a trigger for my migraines. I have a delicious chamomile and honey tea that I enjoy in the evening along with my otehr favourites a ginger root with lemon and a peppermint tea.

      Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, Mary

  6. Hi Mary,

    This was a really helpful blog.  I try to use natural remedies whenever possible.  As I sit here with a bit of a headache, I’m going to take your suggestion and make some chamomile tea.  You mentioned that anywhere from 1 to 4 cups may be needed.  I think this is a really important statement.  Many people don’t see results with natural remedies because they don’t take the right dosage.  We have to remember that natural remedies are gentler than drugs, so we have to take the right amount for the right amount of time.  Herbs don’t always work as fast as drugs.  Other than ginger and feverfew, I wasn’t familiar with the others.  I’ll be sure to keep them in mind for the future.

    Thanks for the education,

    Debbie

    • Thank you Debbie, for reading my post on natural remedies. Your correct on mentioning the dosage and also that these are far more gentle on the body than other stronger pharmacy medications. Also, you need to be careful not to overdo it on natural remedies as well. But by listening to your body, or talking to a naturopath or health centre consultant if you are unsure is also important. What works for one person may not work for another person as the triggers or cause of the migraines may be different. But Keeping a record of your remedy use in a migraine diary can help you find what is working best for you. With much gratitude and blessing always, Mary

  7. Thanks for these wonderful suggestions as far as natural headache remedies are concerned. I am curious to know from your experience if this is a better alternative to taking common headache medications such as Tylenol. 

    That has been my only experience as far as headaches are concerned but I am seriously considering these herbal remedies.

    • HI Jessie, I personally prefer to take these herbal remedies and I have found that cutting back on caffeine and drinking peppermint and chamomile teas have had an incredible change for me and my migraine occurences. Taking strong pharmacy grade medications did not agree with me and I felt groggy, my memory was not so good and I had a queezy stomach. I really didn’t want to put my body through these strong medications long-term so I had to research and look elsewhere. 

      I also have been taking magnesium along with using an acupressure mat and these remedies have had incredible results for my migraine management. Keeping a migraine or health diary while trying a new remedy can be helpful as it can show you what is working for you. 

      Every person is different and all things work the same for each person so its important to get to know what your triggers are and what works for you. Wishing you lots of success with your migraine managements, Mary.

  8. I suffer from migraines that actually cause vertigo, and it can get really annoying. Your article has shed some light for me on the subject. I will try butterbur, because I’ve heard that helps from other people too. You’ve convinced me that I finally should test it out! I can’t wait to get some relief, and I know these herbs will help. Thank you!

    • HI Katy, I am so please you read my post and you found something helpful in my article. I prefer to try natural remedies as I don’t always get good results from pharmacy medications, and I don’t like the side effects that I have had strong medications. I would love to hear back from you and know how you went with the Butterbur. Kindest belssings, Mary

  9. I am a great believer in the use of natural remedies, and personally I would always try using those as my first port of call.

    I do not actually suffer from migraine, but, like everyone else I imagine, I do sometimes get headaches. I really like Feverfew – that has a great result for me. Ginger is generally good for you – I like to add it to mint tea- and that also has a good effect on headaches.

    I have not tried all the remedies which you suggest, but I will certainly try them when I have headaches in the future.

    This is great information for anyone who suffers from migraines or headaches – many thanks.

    Chrissie 🙂

    • Hi Chrissie, Thank you for reading my post. i am glad to hear that you have had great results with natural remedies, I have as well, and I love to share these helpful remedies with others so that they too can find something that works for them. Blessings for this holiday season, Mary

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