Natural Headache and Migraine Relief

| 6/4/2010 11:01:15 AM

I’ve had an unusual amount of headaches lately. Instead of reaching each time for a couple of ibuprofen, which can cause ulcers and increase bleeding in the stomach if taken on a regular basis, I’ve been looking into some natural remedies for headache relief.

Aromatherapy for Headaches

Peppermint oil: Rubbing a few drops of peppermint oil on your temples has been shown to relieve tension headaches. Peppermint oil creates a cooling sensation when it comes in contact with skin, and it helps to relax the muscles in your head and neck. The scent of peppermint oil also has the power to calm nerves and clear your nasal passages, which may help if your headache is caused by stress or sinus pressure.

peppermint oil
Rubbing peppermint oil onto your temples can help relieve the pain of a headache. Photo By Helena Liu/Courtesy Flickr. 

Eucalyptus oil: Applying eucalyptus oil to your forehead can also help relieve headaches in the same manner as peppermint oil. Like peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil can soothe, relax muscles and clear nasal passages. Place a few drops of eucalyptus oil into a bowl of steaming water and inhale deeply.

Lavender: The scent of lavender has a powerful effect on the nervous system, relieving problems such as insomnia, anxiety and stress, which can all contribute to headaches. Anecdotal evidence suggests that lavender can help relieve the pain of even the worst headaches, including migraines. Place a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow, create a lavender sachet or brew a cup of lavender tea to utilize this natural headache reliever.

11/7/2017 8:53:13 AM

When I used to get migraines I started taking feverfew capsules. Like a lot of natural remedies it took a while to start having an effect. I took it as a daily supplement and eventually they lessened and stopped. I do think I outgrew them, but I really feel the feverfew helped my headaches while I got them. The natural foods store I bought them at stopped carrying it and recommended magnesium, but I just found another outlet for feverfew, since I knew it worked for me.

1/28/2014 4:13:38 PM

Petadolex, made from butterbur herb is my go-to remedy and saving grace when a headache is starting. Even helps deter migraines. When I feel the start of a headache, I take two capsules. I take two more if needed, after half an hour. I've woken up at night with an impending migraine, taken two butterbur capsules, go back to sleep and have no headache in the morning. Works for me!

Jo Ann
10/23/2012 9:05:13 PM

Jo Ann Kreider When I feel a migraine coming on, I take 6 feverfew capsules with a lot of water. That usually stops it. However, if a half hour later the migraine is still developing, I take 6 more and most of the time it stops it. I have not tried taking it on a daily basis to prevent them.

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