Before we really started to understand medicine in the Western World there were North American Native Americans using the Black Cohosh plant as a restorative and headache reliever. Black Cohosh is particularly effective in women due to the effects it has on estrogen but it also provides relief for headaches associated with depression. Specifically, the Black Cohosh plant can be used to fight ‘black could depression’. Again, you can steep it in tea or take it via pill format.
Some people love the smell of lavender and other people loathe it. I fall in the ladder category but even I can’t argue against its effectiveness as an herbal remedy for headaches and migraines. The smell of lavender has been proven to have a positive effect on relieving anxiety and pushing a sense of calmness over you. When you have headaches related to stress or anxiety you can take lavender oil and rub it directly on your temples and forehead, thus alleviating the headache. If you want to add in a little bit of mental trickery then consider putting a lavender air freshener in your home or your car to get the benefits whenever you are around. Though less effective, the smell of lavender alone has been shown to alleviate headache symptoms.
Ginger is a go-to herb in many dishes but now you might want to start reaching for it when you are having a migraine. We can trace the history of ginger as a headache reliever all the way back to Denmark nearly 600 years ago. It was then that we can see its first usage as a migraine reliever. The first woman to look to the herb for relief ate ginger fresh and raw and reported almost instant relief. Now you don’t have to eat it raw and many people use powdered ginger in meals to help get the effect in a tasteful way. Ginger is particularly effective for those headaches that seem to pound in your forehead while also reducing headache related nausea.
Thyme And Fenugreek
As long as we are hanging around the herb and spice rack we might as well throw thyme into consideration. When thyme is used in conjunction with fenugreek, another herb, you can steep them into a tea that is excellent at addressing those pulsing headaches that lead to nausea and a plea to the world for the pain to just stop. Now, be careful using thyme oil as you don’t want to use it alone. Thyme oil needs to be cut with another herb, like fenugreek, and steeped in cold water for at least 8 hours. When you decide to drink it you can go ahead and down it cold or warm it up a little bit. For slight headaches or almost daily migraines this is your best mixture.
Passionflower is the next herb that makes our list due to its usefulness in fighting both stress and headaches. Passionflower has always been used to combat anxiety and as an aid for those people who struggle with insomnia. As we found out it also works fantastically as a form of headache relief for those caused by stress and anger. If you are prone to feeling those emotions turn into headaches then keep some passionflower in your house and use it as an herbal tea to immediately begin fighting the pain.
Valerian Root sounds like something out of Lord of the Rings but it really is just another herb that should be kept on hand as often as possible. Valerian is used most commonly for people who struggle with sleep but it is also a grade A pain reliever. Valerian leads the a healing of the nervous system and an immediate stress reliever. Use valerian in a tincture or tea in order to combat any headaches, especially when you want to avoid the side effects that Tylenol gives.