The Best Herbal Remedies for Headaches

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negative voicesHeadaches are the worst. There’s no denying it. Instead of grabbing an Aspirin (which is often overused), give your body a break with some TLC. Herbal remedies for curing headaches date back to the Middle Ages and are the safest way to get rid of headaches. Best of all, you might have a few of these remedies on your spice rack! THE LITTLE BOOK OF SELF CARE shares the best ways to cure headaches.

Seven in ten Americans have at least one headache a year, and 45 million people live with chronic headaches. Instead of automatically reaching for over-the-counter pills the next time you get one, consider an herbal option:

BUTTERBUR: Extracts from this shrub have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antiseizure actions. In several recent studies, they produced a marked decrease in the severity and frequency of migraines.

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CAYENNE: Applied topically, cayenne preparations have been shown to relieve and even prevent the devastating pain of cluster headaches.

FEVERFEW: This is perhaps the best-known herbal headache remedy. It has been shown in several studies to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks—and limit their symptoms when they do occur.

LAVENDER: The essential oil of this flowering plant has been used effectively to treat several types of headache pain. The same is true of peppermint oil.

WILLOW: The salicin from the bark of this tree is a potent analgesic. Its headache-fighting properties are well proven in both laboratory and clinical studies.

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