Herbal Drinks to Relieve Headaches

Headaches are defined by pain or discomfort in the face or head location and could take place at any time and could disrupt your daily activities. Some headaches might be the outcome of underlying health conditions and others may be the outcome of stress, likewise described as stress headaches. According to the Yale Medical Group, some headaches might lead to blurred vision, vomiting without queasiness, personality changes, and intensity of discomfort with a sneeze or cough. Some herbs, when used as a natural beverage, may assist soothe pain connected with a headache. Speak to your physician before utilizing natural herbs to treat headaches and other conditions.

Willow Bark

Willow bark has been made use of given that 400 B.C. to reduce discomfort and inflammation. Today, it’s still made use of to treat inflammatory conditions, headaches and back pain. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the bark of the white willow includes a chemical similar to that of aspirin called salicin, which was utilized to develop aspirin in the 1800s. The salicin found in willow bark could bring relief to headaches. Willow bark is available through dried natural herb, powdered natural herb in capsule type and tincture. To make an organic drink with willow bark, the university recommends boiling approximately 2 tsp. of dried herb in 8 oz. of water and enabling it to simmer for up to 15 minutes. You might drink up to 4 cups every day. Get your doctor’s OK before taking willow bark to guarantee your safety.


Feverfew has actually been used for several years as a different treatment to treat headaches, fevers and arthritis. According to UMMC, the panthenolide found is feverfew is the active component believed to be handy in relieving headaches due to its capability to alleviate smooth muscle spasms. Due to the bitterness of feverfew, lots of people like to use the capsule kind, however, a herbal tea might be made by adding 1 tsp. of dried feverfew delegates 8 oz. of water and letting it boil for 10 minutes. As soon as the tea has actually cooled, stress and drink. Talk to your physician before taking feverfew for headaches.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba is typically utilized as a memory enhancement supplement. According to the website Holistic Online, ginkgo biloba may help soothe headaches by increasing blood flow to the brain. The flavonoids and terpenoids discovered in this herb are thought to add to the medicinal effects. Ginkgo biloba is available through pre-made teabags. To make a herbal tea utilizing ginkgo biloba, include one teabag to 8 oz. of boiling water and enable it to simmer for 15 minutes. Ask your doctor if ginkgo biloba would be suitable for you.


Some herbs and organic solutions may cause negative reactions if made use of with other medications. Talk with your physician before using alternative treatments to deal with any wellness condition. Women who could be nursing or pregnant ought to avoid utilizing herbs unless otherwise directed by a doctor.

Despite being commonly known, Chamomile is not just a benign little flower that tastes sweet in your cup, it packs a powerful medicinal punch. Chamomile should not be thought of in terms of what specific diseases it can be used for, because there are too many uses to list, nor is is helpful to only think of what herbs can ‘do’. After reading though my favorite herb books, I summarize the actions of chamomile as being:

  • Relaxing nervine for states of tension
  • Aromatic and bitter for regulating digestion
  • Anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy
  • Anti-microbial
  • Safe, tasty and suitable for everyone, including babies, children, pregnant women and the elderly
  • Matthew Wood says that “The fresh preparations preserve the oils, so they are more relaxing, the dried preparations are bitter and promote secretions to the stomach, G.I. and liver.”

Here are some of the chemical constituents present in chamomile and their generalized actions (mostly from Wood, but also from Simon Mills, David Hoffmann and Chanchal Cabrerra)

  • Flavanoids – cooling and relaxing
  • Bitter sesquiterpene lactones – stimulate digestive juices
  • Volatile oils – antipyretic, anti-spasmodic, can reduce histamine-induced inflammation
  • Mucilage – soothing, nutritious and immuno-stimulating
  • Amino acids, fatty acids and many more

5 Herbs that Calm Anxiety WIthout Making you Sleepy

1. Passionflower

The University of Maryland Medical Center states that passionflower has shown in a few studies to work as well as some of the benzodiazepine medications that are usually prescribed for treating anxiety. 

A four-week double-blind study, for example, compared passionflower with oxazepam. Results showed oxazepam worked more quickly, but by the end of the study period, both treatments were shown to be equally effective. Bonus—side effects like daytime drowsiness were fewer with passionflower. 

A second study also showed that passionflower helped ease symptoms like anxiety, irritability, agitation, and depression in participants going through withdrawal from an opiate drug addiction. 

Dosage: Try one cup of passionflower tea three times daily, 45 drops of liquid extract daily, or about 90 mg/day.

2. Lavender

A 2010 multi-center, double blind randomized study of lavender oil compared to anti-anxiety medication lorazepam found that both were effective against generalized and persistent anxiety. Bonus — lavender had no sedative side effects. 

“Since lavender oil showed no sedative effects,” researchers stated, it could be an effective and “well-tolerated alternative to benzodiazepines” to treat generalized anxiety. An earlier 2000 study found similar results. 

Dosage: Try about 80 mg/day of the supplement, or use the oil as an aromatherapy solution.

3. Lemon balm

Though usually found in combination with other herbs, lemon balm also has anti-anxiety powers on its own. 

Research published in 2004, for instance, gave participants a single dose of lemon balm extract (300 mg or 600 mg) or a placebo, then measured their mood after one hour. The higher dose resulted in reduced stress and improved calmness and alertness. Even the lower dose helped participants do math problems more quickly. 

Dosage: Use in aromatherapy, try 300-500 mg of dried lemon balm three times daily, 60 drops daily, or 1/4 to 1 teaspoon of dried lemon balm herb in hot water for a tea four times daily.

4. Ashwagandha

A 2012 double blind, placebo-controlled study gave participants either placebo or a capsule containing 300 mg of high-concentration full-spectrum ashwagandha extract, twice a day. The study lasted for 60 days. Those taking the ashwagandha showed significant improvements. Even the levels of the stress hormone cortisol were substantially reduced in those taking the extract. And there were no serious side effects. 

In an earlier 2000 study, ashwagandha had anxiety-relieving effects similar to those of lorazepam. 

Dosage: Typical dosage is 300 mg standardized to at least one to five percent withanolides, once or twice a day.

5. L-theanine

This one isn’t really a herb — it’s a water-soluble amino acid,  but it’s gotten such good research behind it we had to include it here. It’s found mainly in green tea and black tea and is also available as a supplement. 

Studies have found that it acts directly on the brain, helping to reduce stress and anxiety—without causing drowsiness. 

Research from 2008, for example, found that those participants taking 50 mg of L-theanine a day had a greater increase in alpha (relaxed brain waves) activity than those who took a placebo. 

An earlier 1998 study found that 200 mg a day lead to increased alpha-brain waves and a relaxed, yet alert, state of mind. 

A later 2011 study found that it was also associated with reduced anxiety, and was well tolerated and safe for participants. 

Dosage: A typical cup of black tea contains only about 25 mg of l-theanine and green tea only about 8 mg. While a cup of tea may be calming, if you want more potent effects, try a supplement, about 200 mg a day.


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Recommended Reading: Plant Spirits & Herbalism Magick

A Compendium of Herbal Magic - Paul Beyerl

The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews - Scott Cunningham

Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs - Scott Cunningham

A Druid’s Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year - Ellen Evert Hopman

A Druid’s Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine - Ellen Evert Hopman

Garden Witchery: Magick from the Ground Up - Ellen Dugan

Garden Witch’s Herbal: Green Magick, Herbalism & Spirituality - Ellen Dugan

The Green Wiccan Herbal: 52 Magical Herbs, Spells, Witchy Rituals - Silja

The Green Witch Herbal: Restoring Nature’s Magic in Home, Health, and Beauty Care - Barbara Griggs

Grimoire of the Thorn-Blooded Witch: Mastering the Five Arts of Old World Witchery - Raven Grimassi

Herbal Alchemist’s Handbook, The: A Grimoire of Philtres. Elixirs, Oils, Incense, and Formulas for Ritual Use - Karen Harrison

Herb Magic for Beginners - Ellen Dugan

Incense Magick: Create Inspiring Aromatic Experiences for Your Craft - Carl F. Neal

Kitchen Witchery: A Compendium of Oils, Unguents, Incense, Tinctures, and Comestibles - Marilyn F. Daniel

Magical Aromatherapy: The Power of Scent - Scott Cunningham

Magical Herbalism: The Secret Craft of the Wise - Scott Cunningham

The Magic of Flowers: A Guide to Their Metaphysical Uses & Properties - Tess Whitehurst

The Master Book of Herbalism - Paul Beyerl

Mixing Essential Oils for Magic: Aromatic Alchemy for Personal Blends - Sandra Kynes

Old World Witchcraft: Ancient Ways for Modern Days - Raven Grimassi

Papa Jim’s Herbal Magic Workbook - Papa Jim

Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth - Stephen Harrod Buhner

The Plant Spirit Familiar - Christopher Penczak

Plant Spirit Healing: A Guide to Working with Plant Consciousness - Pam Montgomery

Plant Spirit Medicine: A Journey into the Healing Wisdom of Plants - Eliot Cowan

Plant Spirit Shamanism: Traditional Techniques for Healing the Soul - Ross Haven

Sacred Plant Medicine: The Wisdom in Native American Herbalism - Stephen Harrod Buhner

The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature - Stephen Harrod Buhner

Scottish Herbs and Fairy Lore - Ellen Evert Hopman

Walking the World in Wonder: A Children’s Herbal - Ellen Evert Hopman

The Weiser Concise Guide to Herbal Magick - Judith Hawkins-Tillirson

Wicca Herbs: Herbalism: A Complete Reference Guide to Frequently used Magickal Herbs, and Spices: Herbs for the Solo Wiccan Practitioner - Kristina Benson

Wylundt’s Book of Incense - Wylundt

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