Herbal cures for migraines, tension and sinus headaches

There are three types of primary headaches: tension-type, migraine, and cluster.

Tension-type headaches are traditionally linked to the contraction of scalp, face or neck muscles. The typical tension-type headache is described as a tightening around the head and neck, and an additional dull ache. Tension-type headaches may be triggered by variety of factors, like stress, overexertion, loud noise, for example.

Migraines are strong throbbing headaches occurring on one or both sides of the head. The pain is usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, and other symptoms. Migraines may be triggered by food items, such as red wine, chocolate, and aged cheeses. For women, there is a hormonal connection between migraines and menstrual cycle. They also are more likely to with the use of oral contraceptives or during the hormone replacement therapy after menopause.

Cluster headaches cause agonizing pain. The throbbing, pulsing pain centers around one eye, and eye tearing and nasal congestion occur on the same side. The headache lasts from 15 minutes to four hours and may recur several times in a day.

Sinus inflammation is a common cause of headache.

How to get rid of a headache without pills? Here are some natural remedies for headaches and migraines.

  1. Herbal cures for migraines
    • butterbur – extract from this plant is used to prevent and treat migraines; usually it is recommended to take 1 to 2 capsules three times per day. Caution: do not use butterbur products unless they are certified and labeled as free of PAs that cause liver damage. Other possible side effects – see here.
    • feverfew - extract from a daisy-like flower that is famous for stopping migraines. The freeze dried capsules are generally recommended because the teas and fresh leaves have a bitter taste and may irritate your mouth. 100-150 mg daily of a product standardized to contain at least 0.2 percent parthenolides. You can stay on it indefinitely.
    • valerian
    • skullcup
    • white willow
  2. Aromatherapy, essential oils (plant extracts) for migraines (you can use them separately or mix together):
    • peppermint oil;
    • lavender oil;
    • eucalyptus oil;
    • rosewood oil;
    • rosemary oil.
    These oils can be used for massage, steam inhalation, or for a bath. Gently massage essential oil(s) of your choice onto your forehead, temples and back of your neck. You can also put 1-3 drops of oil(s) on a cotton ball or tissue and inhale. When first trying oil, use only one drop to ensure that you do not have a sensitivity or reaction to the oil, especially while you have a headache.
  3. Essential oils to reduce sinus headache (you can use them separately or mix together):
    • peppermint oil;
    • lavender oil;
    • eucalyptus oil;
    • oregano oil. Gently massage 2-3 drops onto chest and over your sinuses, put 1-3 drops into a humidifier. If your head is feeling stuffed, try a peppermint oil steam.
  4. Herbal teas for headaches and migraines.