A hot bath or whirlpool will help alleviate muscle aches. To relieve a headache, minimize sinus congestion by using a salt water gargle (1 tsp of salt per 8 oz. of warm water). And apply cool or warm compress (whichever brings more relief) to the painful area.
False unicorn is considered a tonic to the reproductive organs and addresses symptoms of headaches and depression in menopausal women.
For headaches make a tea using leaves from one sprig of rosemary and three leaves of betony per cup of boiling water.
Wood betony works well for both children and adults. It is said to help migraine headaches.
Next time you have a headache try eating some strawberries. They contain natural salicylates, an ingredient that is found in aspirin.
The Chinese have a long tradition of alternative
medicine. The next time you have a headache, try eating one of these tried and true Chinese food cures: fresh radishes, buckthorn berries, licorice, cinnamon, mint leaves, orange peels, or gingerroot.
Spearmint has long been used as a successful cure for stress headaches. Like peppermint, it is good for
nervousness, which often causes headaches. Since
spearmint is an antispasmodic and diuretic, it is also
good for menstrual-related problems (which often cause headaches). You can prepare spearmint soup by cooking tender, fresh spearmint leaves in water with eggs - like egg-drop soup. Or brew a spearmint tea.
Very strong Chinese black tea can be a fast headache pain reliever. Caffeine from the tea constricts blood vessels in the head, which reduces pain of a migraine. However, once this effect wears off, there may be a rebound headache when the blood vessels again dilate.
Besides the salicylates rich willow, black poplar trees have long been used for headache relief. Despite the fact that aspirin is inexpensive and readily available, people in rural parts of Europe and the USA still chew the bark of the willows and black poplar to cure their headaches. Dried poplar bark is available through most mail order herb catalogs, or can be special ordered by most health food stores.
Some doctors say that a deficiency of copper in the diet can cause constriction of blood vessel walls causing pain and headaches. Oysters, lobster, liver, nuts, seeds, green olives, and wheat bran, are all high in copper.
Cowslip, is a plant common throughout Europe, Siberia, western Asia, and North Africa. It is said to be a gentle but effective pain reliever, particularly for headaches. The root contains salicylates, or natural aspirin. A mixture of cowslip petals, honey, sugar, and lemon juice is sometimes used. Europeans also use cowslip root to strengthen the flavor of certain wines and beers. Cowslip is available in cut or powdered form though most mail order herb companies and health food stores. The seeds and live plants can also be purchased.
The ancient Romans And Greeks ate sweet and spicy violet petals to get rid of headaches. Other ways of taking this medicine was to brew the petals in tea or soak them in a glass of wine.
Feverfew is especially good for migraine headaches. But if you are pregnant, make this tea with just the peppermint and rosemary.
2 parts peppermint leaves
2 parts feverfew leaves
1 part rosemary
Make an infusion, letting the herbs steep for at least
Another traditional Chinese remedy for headache is to
eat honey. Or mix 3 large spoonfuls of honey in boiled
water and drink. Honey has natural pain-relieving
powers. Warning: Honey is not recommended for people
with high or low blood sugar.
The bark of birch trees is also commonly used as a pain
reliever by Native Americans. Cut dried or powdered
birch bark is available through most mail order herb
Another way to reduce headache tension is to massage
with Melissa oil, an extract of the plant, is more
effective in relieving headache pain than is a massage
with mineral oil. The Melisa plant is also called balm
root, lemon balm, or sweet balm. Can also be brewed as a
tea with lemon juice.
Feverfew (from the plant Chrysanthemum parthenium, a member of the daisy family) is one of a handful of medicinal plants to be thoroughly scientifically investigated. Studies have shown its effectiveness in the treatment of migraine headaches. Eating on small leaf of feverfew in a sandwich everyday for a month may
prevent headaches. Capsules of the freeze-dried leaves can be purchased in most health food stores.
Mackerel and salmon, fatty fish common in many Japanese,
Scandinavian, and American cuisines, contain an oil that
breaks down polyunsaturated fats in the body. This
change is more likely to prevent headaches, however,
rather than relieve them.
Vinegar, say the British, is not only good for sore muscles. It also works wonders for a headache. They suggest that a headache sufferer soak compresses with vinegar, chill them, and apply them to the forehead, temples, and neck. Even better, boil equal parts of vinegar and water and inhale the rising steam.
Another Chinese headache treatment uses the aromatic flower of the magnolia tree. This, like most Chinese medicines is typically brewed into a tea.
Salicin can also be found in almonds. In parts of North
Africa and western Asia where almond trees are common, a local doctor might tell you to take 10 to 12 almonds, the equivalent of 2 aspirins, for a migraine headache. And the almonds are far less likely to upset your stomach.
The Chinese have always found relief from the effects of alcohol in the jackfruit, which can be eaten whole or ground into a powder. It works by stimulating the production of body fluids (to replenish those lost through frequent urination and perspiration), including salivation, moisturizing the skin, and helping to alleviate cotton mouth. Of course, if you are dehydrated, you can't make body fluids - so drink plenty of water before, during, and after imbibing.
Here is a tea said to relieve the nausea of a hangover. Equal parts kudzu root, umeboshi plum and fresh ginger root. (the root of the kudzu vine has been used to treat alcohol abuse for more than 1,300 years. It reportedly curbs the desire for alcohol.) All of these ingredients are available in health food stores. They have an antispasmodic effect on the stomach muscles and are helpful in relieving nausea.
Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
HEADACHE? EAT FISH! Eat plenty of fish -- fish oil helps prevent headaches. So does ginger, which reduces inflammation and pain.
Instant Headache Relief
Basil 1 drop
Peppermint 1 drop
Apply drops neat (undiluted) to side of the head and massage into the temples.
CAPSICUM: Promotes cleansing of the circulatory & digestive system; reduces fever, purifies the blood; helps prevent muscle aches, tiredness, skin blemishes, headaches, rheumatism, ulcers & sore throats; helps in regulating your blood pressure and pulse rate.
Migraine Headaches - This is a natural painkiller and is good for migraine headaches. Chop 1 tablespoon of Stinking Iris (Iris Foetidissima) and add to 1 pint of water. Boil gently for 15 minutes. Strain and take up to 3 tablespoons per day. Has a slight laxative effect so you may want to weaken it further.
Skullcap blend - This is very good for nervous headaches. Mix 1 cup each of dried skullcap, sage, and peppermint. To use, pour 1 cup boiling water of 1 teaspoon of herb mixture. Cover and let steep 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten. Drink warm as needed. Skullcap is especially effective in dispelling headaches. It relaxes the whole system and is non-addictive.
The Anglo-Saxons used marjoram in a headache plaster, and thought that the herb was beneficial for coughs. Marjoram was highly esteemed in physic gardens, and grown politically for used in herbal medicines. Mixed with honey, it was applied to the skin to remove bruises, and an aromatic oil was extracted from the herb to treat stiff joints and aching muscles. Marjoram juice was thought to relieve toothache, and a marjoram, sage, and rosemary mixture boiled in wine was used as a paste to paint over black teeth. The flowers of the herb were made into a strong, hot infusion and inhaled to ease tightness of the chest, and the dried leaves were used as snuff to relieve a stuffy nose.
At least 20% of the population is subject to migraine.
Migraine headaches are nearly three times more common in women as in men.