Feverfew is indicated for migraines and is a member of the Asteraceae family. For this reason, it is contraindicated for individuals with this allergy. Chamomile is another plant in this family meaning that if you have issues with chamomile then feverfew may not be for you.
Most people tolerate this plant just fine and so use this herb freely as a tea. The best way to use feverfew is as a preventative you can use the tea or the capsule and take as indicated on the box. It is even a great plant to use just as you are feeling the migraine headache come about.
Scientists have got ahold of feverfew which has been subjected to the same double-blind placebo controls of other pharmaceuticals. The good news is that feverfew stood up to the test even in the lab. If you are tired of OTC remedies that damage the liver and gut, give feverfew a try.
- Bonus: Feverfew is also indicated as a relief for individuals with rheumatoid arthritis.
Ginger is an incredible plant that we love to use the rhizome of. It is spicy and delicious in curry and in-home remedies for coughs colds and cases of flu. You can eat ginger, juice ginger, or boil it in a pot and drink it as a tea. Powdered ginger is convenient and abundant. It is also inexpensive.
Ginger is indicated for migraines or when you have a cold tension headache that is cramping and tightening. You can find ginger tea in premade packets or bring some of the rhizomes around with you in your bag. It’s cool to be weird so why not give the latter a shot. You’ll have something to talk about with your pals at work (who will also love you if you make them a cup too).
- Bonus: Ginger alleviates menstrual cramping, helps bring on sleep, and can relieve muscle pain and nerve pain.
Passionflower is an exotically beautiful wildflower that makes incredible medicine. When harvested at the right time, passionfruit also makes a fantastic snack.
The leaves and vine of this plant are the parts used to create the passionflower remedy best known as a sleep aid but the passionflower is so much more. Passionflower is a great remedy for headaches brought about by excessive worry and stress. If you’ve been in a pickle for some weeks now and maybe even months you may need the aid of the passionflower. Don’t hesitate to use this remedy at night time but we wouldn’t use it if you are about to drive. It can have a very sedating effect. Sedatives are used in instances when the body is overwhelmed and needs a little help getting back to homeostasis.
- Bonus: Passionflower is a very good friend to those with anxiety.
Chamomile is a wonderfully relaxing and soothing herb that helps to aid in digestion and relieve headaches. For some people, chamomile is very sedating and for others, it is merely calmly relaxing. This will determine when and how often you want to use chamomile. It may be just the ticket if you get headaches at work and need relief or you may want to save this one for when you are home.
Chamomile makes a fantastic remedy when used as a tea. Take the tea at night time or use it in a mid-day ritual. Slowly sip on the tea and you will feel this headache melt away.
- Bonus: Dissipates trapped gas and nervousness felt in the stomach
Blue Vervain’s claim to fame is its action on the head neck and shoulders. It is a muscle relaxer that loves to buddy up with high strung individuals who place harsh demands on themselves and others around them. If you find yourself buzzing and unable to get relief from tension headaches that seem to radiate to the neck and shoulders as well, then blue vervain is the right herb for you.
It is an extremely bitter herb and most don’t have the stomach to take this plant as tea. Those who brave it will feel the effects in as little as 1 minute. The tincture of blue vervain is likely to have the same effect. It is contraindicated if you have low blood pressure.
- Bonus: Blue Vervain is an excellent digestive bitters.