Herbal Remedies For Headache Relief

Posted on: 14 August 2020

When you have a headache, what do you do to get rid of it? Many people reach for either ibuprofen or acetaminophen. While these medications work to relieve pain, they do have side effects. Taking natural herbs instead can be a smart move. But what herbs can provide headache relief? Take a look.

1. Peppermint

Peppermint has long been known for its cooling, soothing sensation. It is a great choice particularly for stress-induced headaches and those caused by the flu or common cold. If you have some peppermint essential oil around, you could rub a few drops over your temples to treat the headache topically. If you have whole-leaf peppermint, try making a peppermint tea by pouring boiling water over the leaves and letting them steep for 10 minutes. Sip the tea slowly. You can add some ice and cool it down before drinking if you'd rather have cold peppermint tea.

2. Willow Bark

Willow bark is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that has even been used to treat arthritis symptoms and back pain. It's great at alleviating headaches that are due to a stiff or sore neck. You can find willow bark in most health food stores. Simply chew on a piece and swallow the extract that is produced. If you do not like the taste, which is similar to that of licorice, you can instead buy willow bark capsules.

3. Coriander

It's a spice you likely already have in your cabinet, but before it was popular in cooking, coriander seed was popular as a health remedy. The seeds have anti-inflammatory properties, and they also promote feelings of relaxation, which can help ease headaches. You can make a tea from coriander seeds by pouring boiling water over them, letting them steep, and then pouring the creation through a coffee filter to remove the seeds. Sip the tea slowly; add some honey if you find the flavor off-putting on its own.

4. Rosemary

Another option straight from your spice cabinet — rosemary can help alleviate migraines and tension headaches as it is good at dilating the blood vessels and improving circulation. Although it's easy enough to chew and swallow a few pinches of rosemary, you can also find capsules of the herb in most health food stores.

The next time you have a headache, rely on one of these herbal remedies for relief. You'll feel better and won't have to be as worried about side effects. For more information on herbal medicine, contact a store such as Arcana Empothecary.