Migraines are debilitating neurovascular ailment that not only causes immense pain but also renders one completely unfit to do normal and simple tasks. Most people suffer from this disorder in one form or the other regardless of the intensity of the suffering.
Various causes can cause migraine and to pin point just one is not possible, in fact different people have different reasons for developing a migraine. You’ll be pleased to know that it’s possible to cure migraine with the help of some natural herbal methodologies.
9 Herbal Remedies For Migraine
Blue Vervain is also known by other names like vervain, wild hyssop or herb of the cross and is a member of the Verbena family. Blue vervain has been a part of ancient medicine from the Roman cultures to Celtic cultures. Vervain has a soothing effect on the nervous system and helps in relieving pain and acts as a natural tranquilize.
Besides this, it also helps to treat depression, cures liver ailments and urinary tract problems. The flowering heads of the plant is used. Usually a vervain tea is made by adding equal amounts of sugar and vervain to warm water.
Feverfew belongs to the Sunflower family. Feverfew has been widely used to effectively treat migraine. It inhibits blockage of the capillaries by stopping platelets from aggregating in the blood. The herb also has some tranquilizing effects and fights against head aches and fatigue. The feverfew herb may be used in both dry and fresh form.
Feverfew tea is a bitter drink and should be taken twice daily. In order to use it to treat migraine chew 3-4 fresh leaves daily. Some of you may not prefer this bitter herb or maybe allergic to it, so a capsule form of the herb is the perfect option for them.
Jamaican Dogwood Bark
The Jamaican Dogwood tree is also known as Florida Fishpoison tree. It is a member of the pea family. It consists of Isoflavones, betasitosterols and tannins. It is widely grown across Central and South America. It can treat migraines and other form of headaches and is an analgesic as well. The mode of action is similar to that of common allopathic analgesics.
It works by adhering to an enzyme which induces pain causing chemicals called prostaglandins and hence inhibits pain or inflammations. It is taken as a concoction but may also be taken as tinctures. To prepare the concoction put 1 teaspoon of chopped dried root to 1 cup of hot water and simmer for 20 minutes in a closed vessel. Drink twice daily.
The common names for this herb is lime tree (though it has nothing to do with the citrus tree lime) or basswood. It belongs to linden family. The flowers of this herb have been used since the middle ages to treat migraine. It is a sedative and helps in anxiety.
It has a number of chemical constituents that help combat head aches- alpha-pinene, geraniol, quercitrin and many more. The best way to have this herb is in form of tea. It is also available in capsule and extracts form as well. You may also add fresh linden flowers to your herbal baths to revitalize your body and have a calming effect.
Wood Betony Herb
Scientifically known as Stachys officinalis, wood betony is a member of the mint family. It is native of Europe but can now be found in many parts of the plant. In older times it was considered as a panacea because of the ability of the herb to treat a wide range of common diseases. It is used to treat migraine and other associated symptoms.
Chemicals such as betaine, Caffeic acid present in the herb have a calming effect on the nerves. An herbal wood betony tea can be prepared to give relief from severe headache. The tea should be taken 3 times a day. For instant relief the dried herb can be smoked, this has no side effects associated with smoking apart from mild nausea if taken by pregnant women.
Yan Hu So
Yan su ho is a Chinese herb known as corydalis or fumewort to others. It is a member of the poppy family of plants. It forms a part of traditional Chinese medicine and is used to treat headaches, migraines and even diseases like Parkinson’s or Meniere’s. It has sedative effects and depresses the central nervous system. According to the Chinese traditions it is considered as an analgesic with strength of about 1% of that of opium.
When combined with another herb called Angelica, the mixture is a strong sedative and relieves head aches instantly. The dry roots of the plants can be taken in capsule form approximately in doses of 10 grams per day. It can be taken in tea form, but I recommend that you avoid it because it is an utterly bitter tea.
Passion flower has been widely used by many people to treat and cure head aches, migraines or others forms of pain. It is a mild sedative and has calming effects on the nervous system and hence effectively combats head aches and anxiety.
The passion flower must be used in tea form. Add about 5-10 dried flower to 1 ½ cups of hot water and gently simmer it for 10 minutes. Add sugar and a pinch of cinnamon for flavor. Have this drink twice daily, once in the early morning and next just before going to bed.
Black cohosh is a native North American herb. It is extremely helpful in treating migraines and other problems associated with it. It has analgesic and sedative properties and helps regulate blood flow to the different parts and hence is readily effective in treating migraine. You may have it in capsule form. Tinctures, about 1-2 teaspoon may be taken twice daily.
White Willow Bark
White willow bark can effectively relieve pain but it actually masks or depresses the pain instead of fighting against the root cause. You need to take high doses for this herb to work. I suggest you combines this with another herb as tea to obtain good results against migraine.