Unlike the list of kitchen herbs with analgesic properties in the previous post not all of the herbs in this list are used in cooking.
The easiest way to get feverfew is probably by buying a supplement. One of the most popular feverfew products for use with migraine headaches is Migrelief. This product contains feverfew, magnesium and Vitamin B2. It is intended to be used regularly as both a preventative and to reduce the severity of attacks.
Peppermint essential oil can be used in a variety of ways. Do not use it undiluted on your skin.
- Break it down in equal parts with extra virgin olive oil and massage into temples, jaws and the back of the neck. This is useful for tension headaches.
- Add about 10 drops of peppermint essential oil to a small pot of hot water. Use it as a steam treatment and inhale the peppermint from the steaming water. This can be good for relieving a headache from sinus pressure.
- Add 10 - 15 drops of peppermint essential oil to a warm bath and relax in the warmth, inhaling the peppermint as you do. This can sometimes bring relief to a headache.
It is possible to put the spice in to empty capsules or buy a standardized supplement product.
There are a number of butterbur products on the market, perhaps a soft gel capsule might be the most convenient way of using this herb.
If you are unsure of whether it is appropriate for you to use any herbal treatment talk to a health professional who is knowledgeable about the use of herbs.
To a headache free life