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.
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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