Everyone has experienced a headache at some point in their life - that tight, throbbing feeling of pressure in the head that makes it impossible to focus. Whether it's mild or extreme, people typically turn to pain relievers for a quick fix. However, this does not address the root problem.
Since the majority of headaches that people experience are due to stress, anxiety, or fatigue, they can be fully healed by medicinal herbs in tea or supplemental form. For years, people have sworn by these herbs' ability to eliminate pain and exude a sense of calm and well-being, and today, more studies are confirming the healing properties of these herbs.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
This Asian herb has one of the most prized roots in both the medicinal and culinary worlds, for both its tangy flavor and its myriad of medicinal applications. It is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory herbs and has a significant anesthetic effect, which make it ideal for diminishing the intense throbbing of severe migraines and cluster headaches. In addition, it is also used as a remedy for nausea, providing two beneficial effects at once for those who suffer from migraines with aura.
Linden (Tilia cordata)
This European folk medicine is great for soothing headaches, and as a mild-but-effective general painkiller. The flowers, leaves, and wood are all utilized to treat headaches and their many side effects. For one, linden is a strong anxiety reliever. Since stress is the main cause of headaches, this proves beneficial for calming the mind.
It also lowers blood pressure, which is significant because that throbbing feeling you get is often associated with high blood pressure - one of the most common causes of headaches. Last, it relieves swelling. This is helpful since inflammation in the temples can sometimes be the cause of headaches as well.
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
According to the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine, peppermint was first used medicinally as early as 1000 BCE.
Even the aroma of peppermint can quickly relax you. This popular mint is used as flavoring in everything from toothpaste to chocolate, and for good reason.
It has a calming and numbing effect on the body, which is the reason for its popularity for treating headaches. Not only does it alleviate pain, as many pain relievers do, but it also minimizes the stress that causes headaches in the first place. Inhale the aromas of peppermint tea or rub some essential oil on your temples for profound comfort.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Dandelion has a special composition of vitamins A, B, C, and D as well as the minerals iron, potassium, and zinc. This delicate little flower has leaves and roots that can cure a headache in no time. Consumed in raw salads, brewed into tea, or taken as a supplement, dandelion will relax you and relieve inflammation. It is especially effective for getting rid of that lingering achy feeling that keeps you on edge. Furthermore, its high content of vitamin A supports eye health, thus preventing the recurrent tension headaches caused by overexerting the eyes.
Guarana (Paullinia cupana)
This Amazon native is usually thought of as an energy booster and a concentration aid, thanks to its amazing guaranine content. However, it should not be overlooked that, in addition to acting as a stimulant, guaranine is also an effective way to enhance the effects of other pain relievers, whether herbal or commercial.
Different studies have pointed out that combining pain relief medication with guaranine or caffeine may provide up to 40% more pain relief, especially when it comes to migraine headaches. This allows you to take a lower dosage of painkillers and halve your chances of experiencing any of their associated side effects.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Sometimes, headaches are caused by erratic hormone levels in the body. This herb is particularly effective for targeting such headaches. It can also relieve that twitchy feeling you may get in your neck when a headache comes on. For best results, you can enjoy a lavender tea or rub two drops of essential oil above your top lip to inhale the aroma. This can relieve everything from a small headache to a migraine.
Next time you have a headache, before grabbing a pain reliever that can cause irritability or other side effects, try a deeply healing alternative remedy. These herbs have been cherished for centuries for their headache taming abilities, and they are widely available today for your comfort.