Home remedies for headache

Natural medicine for headache, cephalea or migraine



Internal use preparations for headache

Willow (Salix sp.) Because of its salicin content, the principle of aspirin. (Decoction of a pinch (2 gr.) from the dried bark per cup of water. Take two or three cups a day. Children 4-10 years, half dose) Do not take if allergic to aspirin.

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) (Ingestion of prepared products. Due to the many contraindications, leaflet available for dosage and conditions of use)

Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia) Because of coumarin, eugenol, phenol and salicylic acid, vanilla is a good remedy for headache (Use vanilla as a food spice)

Vanilla plant

Vanilla pod, the part of the plant used as spice.

Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) Because of the analgesic properties that salicylates (2 teaspoons of infusion flowers, three times a day. Do not reach boiling not to destroy the salicylic acid present in flowers). (See contraindications)

Filipendula ulmaria Meadowsweet flowers

Meadowsweet flowers still in bloom

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) Rich in parthenolide to inhibit serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for carrying pain information to the brain. (Infusion of a spoonful of dry leaves. Take two cups a day) (see leaflet prepared capsules for dosing) Do not administer during pregnancy because it may be abortive

Mint, peppermint: (Piperita Mentha, Mentha rotundifolia) Very useful to cure 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 shown that peppermint oil has analgesic properties similar to those of salicylic acid. Thus, it was used diluted to combat migraine or headache, especially in cases of hemicrania, when the pain is only affecting one part of the head. (Dilute a few drops of peppermint oil in alcohol and impregnate a pad to moisten the affected temples)

Lemon balm (Melisa officinalis) Especially indicated to fight migraine (Infusion of a teaspoon of dry plant per water cup. A pair of cups a day)

Guarana: (Paullina cupana) Extracts of guarana are used to tread headache.

St. John's wort: (Hyperycum perforatum) It is a good remedy for sore body especially those caused by rheumatism, gout, arthritis, sciatica, low back pain... etc (Infusion of a flowering tops teaspoon in a cup of water a couple of times daily) (Phototoxic plant. Consult contraindications)

St john's flowers

St john's flowers are very effective for headache

Rosemary: (Rosmarinus officinalis) Slightly lowers the pain of menstruation and facilitates the discharge, avoiding collateral problems as headaches, stomach ache, etc. (Infusion of a spoonful of flowering tops. 2 cups per day)

Bilberry: (Vaccinium myrtillus) It may help reduce the headache caused by poor circulation problems. (Infusion of a spoonful of dried fruits per cup of water. Take 2 cups daily)

Coffee: (Coffea sp) Caffeine has vasoconstrictive properties that may explain the analgesic properties of coffee, being able to deflate pericranial vessels, which are responsible for migraine. We have to consider other components with analgesic properties as caffeic acid, scopoletin or thiamine.

This determines that the infusion of coffee may be suitable for the treatment of pain, especially headache. In fact, in official medicine, caffeine is used in the preparation of medications for headache since this component potentiates the analgesic effects. (Drink coffee juice mixed with half a lemon)

Angelica (Angelica archangelica)

Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis)

Linden (Tilia sp) Very useful to eliminate the headaches that have an emotional origin (Infusion of flowering tops half teaspoon per cup of water. Take 3 cups a day) (Infusion of a spoonful of the mixture of dried flowers of linden, thyme and lemon balm)

Linden flowers

Linden flowers

Red grapevine: (Vitis vinifera L.) Its use will help to improve circulation in the brain decreasing the symptoms caused by abnormalities caused by poor cerebral circulation, such as memory loss, dizziness, vertigo, headaches, etc. (Decoction of a teaspoon of dried leaves per cup of water for 10 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes and every fifteen minutes to take a tablespoon)

Hops (Humulus lupulus) Treatment with the plant responds to the same intention as that of the linden (infusion of a half teaspoon of dried flowers per cup of water. Take one cup before bedtime)

Poppy: (Papaver rhoeas) (Infusion of half a teaspoon of dried petals per water cup. Drink a cup before bedtime)

remedies for headache
Main remedies for headache

External use preparafions for headache

St. John's wort: (Hyperycum perforatum) (Spray temples with essential oil) (Sitz baths and foot with the resulting liquid of having the plant for 10 hours immersed in cold water. Strain and pour hot in the bathroom) Phototoxic plant. Consult contraindications.

- Vervain (Verbena officinalis) (Apply a compress soaked with the decoction of dried leaves in water. Crushed fresh verbena leaves can also be placed directly on the forehead or temples.).

- Mustard (Brassica nigra) Sinapized foot baths or foot baths with mustard are very suitable to decongest your head. (15-30g of mustard flour in 1 liter of hot water for 10 minutes. Take foot baths).

black mustard seeds
Photo of black mustard seeds (Brassica nigra)

Mint, peppermint: (Piperita Mentha, Mentha rotundifolia) (Apply a compress soaked with the decoction of leaves and flowers on the head.)

Lavender (Lavandula officinalis, lavandula latifolia) For tension headaches, massaging the temples with a few drops of essential oil of lavender diluted in Olive oil will help ease tension and relieve the headache

punto rojo More information on headache in the listing above.


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