Herbal Remedies for Migraine

Extreme pounding pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound are typical symptoms of migraine. Certain behaviors, emotions, hormones, food allergies and sensitivities can trigger a migraine. Emotional stress and hormone imbalance are also a notorious migraine trigger. While severe migraine attacks may require treatment with prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medication, there are certain natural remedies that may help you manage migraine symptoms.

Herbs that can help.
Years before the introduction of modern medicine, cultures worldwide developed herbal remedies for headaches and other common migraine symptoms. Below are some of the herbs that have been very effective in people who are opting for natural therapies and remedies to give them relief from the headaches.

Willow Bark Extract – Used in the development of aspirin, it contains an anti-inflammatory ingredient called salicin and has been used since 400 B.C. for its anti-inflammatory and fever-relieving effects. It can be found in capsule form and as a chewable bark at most health food stores.

Peppermint – The leaves and essential oils is used for medicinal and culinary purposes. Peppermint and its active ingredient Methanol is effective at stopping migraine pain and easing nausea when applied to the forehead and temples in a 10 percent solution.

Lavender & Rosemary – Used in ancient Egypt during the mummification process, the antimicrobial properties and enchanting aroma of the flowers and oil were used to treat everything from headaches and insomnia to mental health complaints such as stress and fatigue. It is a key ingredient in the Magic Opale Body Oil along with Rosemary which is also believed to have antispasmodic and antioxidant effects. If you massage this oil to the temples, the therapeutic blend of the herbs will help relieve migraine symptoms quickly. Pressure point LI-4, also called Hegu, which is located between the base of your thumb and index finger. Doing acupressure on this point, also helps to relieve pain and headaches. Lavender & Rosemary are also key in the formulation of the Olio Divina Hair Oil. If you do a weekly head massage with this oil, it will help relieve stress and reduce tension and also ease migraine or headache pain, lower blood pressure, improve circulation to your head and neck, and promote hair growth.

Valerian – According to Persian medicine, Valerian plays a role in relieving headaches by improving the brain function.Many of the compounds present in valerian are believed to have sedative and relaxing effects. Most supplements of valerian are made from the roots and underground stems of the plant, which are used to make capsules, tablets, teas, and liquid extracts.

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