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.
It’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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.