Friday, October 2, 2009

11 More Herbs for Headache Relief

The majority, an estimated 90%, of headaches are tension headaches. Migraines, cluster headaches and headaches from caffeine withdrawal make up the remainder. Whatever the cause, headaches can be very debilitating.

If you are having trouble finding something that will ease your headache explore some of these herbal options. One of them might be the remedy for headache that you have been looking for.

Bay Laurel - This is sometimes used in combination with feverfew in the prevention of migraines. It contains similar compounds to feverfew.

Corydalis - Not only is this good for headache relief but also for pain relief in general. Traditional Chinese medicine uses corydalis as a pain reliever. People who should not use this herb include pregnant or breastfeeding women, children and those with liver or kidney disease. It is wise to talk to a knowledgable health care provider before using this herb. It is generally only available in prepared products. Corydalis & Angelica (yuan Hu Formula) 100 Softgels

Evening Primrose - Contains a phenylalanine, a pain relieving compound. 6-8 capsules of evening primrose oil can help those with chronic headaches. Evening Primrose Oil 500 mg Hexane Free 180 Cap

Ginger - Ginger is used by some people who suffer from migraines. Try making ginger tea by infusing either chopped fresh ginger root or dried ginger powder. Alternatively use 500 mg ginger capsules. Some recommend combining ginger with turmeric.

Lavender Oil
- Apply a few drops of lavender oil to the temples. This is one of the few essential oils that can be applied to the skin in full strength.

Lemon Balm - Sometimes known as melissa this herb is well known for helping relieve headaches. Steep 1 0r 2 teaspoons of dried herb in a cup of boiling water.

Rosemary - Make an infusion of 1 or 2 teaspoons of the dried herb in a cup of boiling water. Also try rosemary oil, juniper oil and lavender oil together in a carrier oil to massage into the back of the neck and shoulders.

Oregano - Make an infusion of dried or fresh oregano leaves for a cup of tea to help relieve nervous headaches.

Skullcap - This can be useful for headache relief. Make a hot tea from infusing the herb with water or use a tincture. Avoid skullcap if pregnant. The botanical name to look for is scutellaria. Skullcap Herb Extract 1 FL Oz

Thyme - Thyme tea is another one to try in the arsenal against headache pain.

Valerian - Effective against headaches. It helps the body relax if pain is present. It is also used to help insomnia. Valerian Root 100 Caps

Some of these herbs can be combined together. For example try a tea made of lavender herb, lemon balm and skullcap.

I am sure that there are other herbal remedies for headaches that people have found useful in easing their headaches. If you have a favorite one that works for you please share it with us by leaving a comment.

Annie's Remedy has more detailed information about herbs and their other uses.

Be headache free



  1. Learning relaxation techniques can help you reduce headaches. If you have a headache, you should:
    Deep breathing exercises
    Progressive muscle relaxation
    Mental imagery relaxation
    Relaxation to music
    Biofeedback (explained below)
    Counseling, which can help you recognize and release stress.


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  4. It's a nice post by having the info regarding the herbs for headache which will help to get the permanent relaxation, Thanks for the valuable sharing..