Headaches are one of those things that can range from a minor nuisance to a major issue in cases of chronic migraines. While minor headaches are not too hard to alleviate or live with, more serious issues of migraines can cause other side effects like nausea and horrible pains throughout the body. The causes of headache can greatly vary, but the reality is that very often it is nearly impossible to pinpoint the exact cause of a headache, whether it is fatigue, stress or other factors.
Migraines are a much more severe condition, related to headaches, but what we do know is that there is no actual cure for either. The best we can do is alleviate the symptoms until the pain is gone. While you can certainly run to the pharmacy and get some pills, there are other, more natural healing compounds that come from plants or herbs. Here is our list of the 10 best natural headache cures.
Peppermint is a herb that can help alleviate the symptoms of both headaches and stomach pains. While you will drink peppermint tea for your stomach, if you want to alleviate a headache you should use peppermint essential oil in combination with a carrier oil and apply it at the hairline. A few drops of the oil combined with more of the carrier oil should be sufficient to help alleviate the pains quickly.
A plant with strong sedative effects, valerian is often used to relax and entice sleep. The calming effects it has on the central nervous system appear to be very useful in alleviating symptoms of migraines, but valerian can also help with regular headaches to an extent.
If you are experiencing extreme tension headaches, than skullcap is the herb to help alleviate your pains. Skullcap has powerful relaxing effects which will help alleviate the headaches caused by stress and anxiety. What is more skullcap will likely sooth you enough to stop clenching your teeth and contracting other muscles, which is common with those suffering from tension headaches and this will alleviate overall pains and discomfort.
Lavander oil is another remedy commonly used to alleviate headaches. The way to apply it is by making a small pouch containing dried blossoms and buds of lavender and putting it on your forehead. There are other methods of application as well, such as applying it in the essential oil form, same as peppermint or by inhaling several drops of the oil. A soothing lavender oil bath will also do the trick.
Another plant commonly used to alleviate headaches and migraines is the feverfew. The plant is known to be able to prevent migraines as well as heal headaches. Daily capsules of feverfew leaf have been known to reduce the frequency with which those suffering from chronic migraines experience pains, while the same treatment has been known to alleviate the symptoms of common headaches quite a bit as well.
If you sometimes like to indulge in a bit of an excessive feast, than sage is likely the herbal remedy you will want to have at hand. The headaches that can be caused by overeating or hormonal imbalances are often alleviated very well with the use of sage. Larger amounts of the herb can also heal tension headache symptoms.
Another common medicament that has been used for many centuries, ginger root helps alleviate symptoms of the headaches caused by cold and viruses and is especially useful in winter time. Ginger basically alleviates inflammations, which will help with such headaches as they are caused exactly by viral inflammations. Ginger is usually used as tea, but can also be inhaled, which is less common but possible.
If your headaches are caused by adrenal imbalances than licorice is the remedy that will best help you. While it can be hard to know the exact cause of a headache, feel free to try licorice for any headache as the soothing scent will help to some degree either way. Be warned however that licorice can sometimes also cause the headache to get worse, so if this happens to you once, don’t use the remedy in the future.
Coriander seeds have been used to alleviate headaches for many centuries, usually through inhalation of the crushed seeds and water mix. A single teaspoon inhaled or a cup of coriander seed tea drank will help alleviate the headaches.
This one is especially good for the ladies, as it will help with PMS and tension headaches, and headaches caused by nervousness. Use either a small amount of tincture or vervain tea and your PMS headaches should be much easier to handle in the future.