Medicinal plant remedies for migraine

Herbal treatment of migraine


Plants to improve migraine

The phytotherapy in the treatment of migraine is based on the use of medicinal plants with the following purposes:

  • Plants that improve blood circulation.
  • Antiinflammatory plants, to reduce inflammation of pericranial blood vessels.
  • Tranquilizing plants to reduce nervousness or stress that may be the cause of migraine or worsen their symptoms.
  • Analgesic plants to decrease the penetrating pain of the migraine

Infusions, macerations and extracts with medicinal plants to treat migraine

Main plants for migraine

Main plants for migraine

Among all the plants suitable for the treatment of migraine, we can mention the following:

  • Ginkgo (Gingko biloba) The use of ginkgo preparations helps improve the circulation of intracranial blood vessels, so it is useful for the treatment of migraine (Take ginkgo extract, according to the conditions of the prospectus. in Pharmacies, herbalists and natural products stores)
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale) A greater blood supply in this area of ​​the body favors a lesser appearance of problems such as headache or migraine. (Take 3 capsules of 250 mg per day, divided between main meals)
  • Valerian(Valeriana officinalis) Many times migraine occurs or is aggravated by tension. Valerian is one of the best plants to reduce stress or tension accumulated throughout the day. (Infusion of about 15 grams of the root of the plant that is left to rest throughout the night)
  • Passion flower (Passiflora caeurulea) Able to reduce the throbbing pain of migraine when it is due to nervous or emotional reasons. (Infusion of a couple of tablespoons of the dried plant for half a liter of water Drink a couple of small cups a day) (Macerate the desired amount of dry plant with the same amount of alcohol for a week. 25 drops per day)
  • Mint: (Mentha piperita, Mentha rotundifolia) Very useful to solve headaches that have their origin in a digestive problem (Infusion of a spoonful of flowering tops per cup of water Take a couple of cups a day)It has been proven that peppermint oil has analgesic properties very similar to those of salicylic acid. Hence, it has been used diluted to combat migraine or headache, especially in cases of hemicranias, ie when the pain only affects a part of the head.To do this, a few drops of the peppermint oil are diluted in alcohol and with them a compress is impregnated with which the temples are then wet or affected.

Other traditional remedies for migraine

Infusion of ginger and mint.

Infusion of ginger and mint

  • Rosemary: (Rosmarinus officinalis) Slightly reduces the pains of menstruation and facilitates emptying, avoiding the collateral problems that originates as headaches, stomach, etc. (Infusion of a spoonful of flowering tops 2 cups daily)
  • Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha) (Infusion of hawthorn made with a spoonful of mixture of leaves and dried flowers twice a day)
  • Feverfew or butchelor’s button (Crhysanthemum parthenium = Tanacetum parthenium ) Its effects against migraine are also studied. One study found that the intake of a few fresh leaves of feverfew for three months reduced the frequency and intensity of migraines. The same study was continued doubleblind with feverfew supplements (50mg / day), which proved equally effective. Many studies have been carried out in this regard, and it seems that all of them conclude on the beneficial properties of feverfew for migraine.

Preparations with plants for external use against migraine.

  • St John’s wort : (Hypericum perforatum) (Spray the temples with essential oil) (Seat and foot baths with the liquid resulting from having the plant immersed in cold water for 10 hours, filter and pour hot in the bathroom) Phototoxic plant. Consult contraindications
  • Mint: (Mentha piperita, Mentha rotundifolia) (Apply a wet compress with the decoction of leaves and flowers on the head.)
  • Vervain: (Verbena officinalis) (Apply a wet compress with the decoction of dried leaves in water to the forehead or temples, and fresh verbena leaves can be crushed and placed directly on the forehead or on the temples)

* Related information: Mint oil for migraine (Wet a tissue and apply massage on the temples)


Traditional preparations for migraine

Traditionally, a series of techniques or home remedies have been used to reduce migraine headaches. Among all, we have for example:

  • Cold water compresses: Apply a compress of cold water on the forehead to reduce the symptoms of migraine.
  • Wet the neck with a cold compress: Like the previous remedy, it has a positive effect against migraine.
  • Tie a ribbon around the head: Placing a ribbon around the head in a loose way is another of the most popular folk remedies to stop the migraine.

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

9 April, 2023

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