Skullcap works best for stress headaches, and provides relaxing effect. Besides making you feel more relaxed, it also improves blood flow throughout brain removing some pressure caused due to headache. The active ingredients of skullcap are flavonoids that possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It’s a mild sedative, so avoid drinking it if you’re on some job or need to be sharp!
Preparing tea is easy, you just need to infuse one tablespoon of skullcap in a cup of hot water for about 10 minutes. Keep in mind that skullcap might make you bit drowsy, as if you’re under the influence, for about first 20-25 minutes after taking it.
Feverfew is found in abundance in Asia and Europe; it has been widely used in these regions to treat headaches for centuries. The active ingredient of the plant (parthenolide) has powerful vessel-widening and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps relieve muscle spasms and also prevents blood vessels in the brain from constricting.
Evidence suggest that it works best for migraine as a preventive measure and will not be able to stop migraine once it’s started, so if you experience migraine attacks, try to make it a part of your daily routine. You can buy it online on health stores as capsules, or as dried leaves which you can steep in your tea.
This tea has a bitter flavor and may cause irritation in your mouth, so proceed with caution. About 60-120 mg per day is best, or two to three cups of tea per day. Please note that you will see results within 4-7 weeks, and you should take it with food.
Chamomile tea also helps in relieving migraine symptoms in some people. It’s a mild sedative with powerful relaxing qualities. Like many other herbal tea options, it can at as anti-inflammatory and reduces muscle spasms. It can depress the nervous system, allowing for some calming and drowsy effect. For this reason, it should be avoided at times when you have plans to operate some machinery or your work needs full attention. The easiest way to enjoy chamomile when treating your headache is to make sure you’re completely comfortable and in a relaxing environment. steep a tea bag or some chamomile leaves for 10-15 minutes.
It’s a traditional Chinese remedy for migraines and headaches, and is easily available online, in the offices of Chinese herbalists, or in some health food stores. Just two to three cups a day can provide headache prevention or relief.
This herb has really impressive research findings that indicate it can effectively treat migraines. A 2010 study, for instance, showed ginger powder treatment was comparable to sumatriptan, a common prescription drug for migraine. Ginger offers relief in many ways. First, it’s anti-inflammatory effects can reduce swelling and pain. It can also help with the immediate symptoms of migraines, such as vomiting and nausea.
Peppermint tea is very helpful if you’re suffering from nausea brought on by some headaches, as well as possible reduce all types of spasms in the gastrointestinal tract that can stimulate headache symptoms.
Before including any herbal tea in your daily regimen, it’s best to check with your doctor. Although you won’t get sick with any of these teas, they can sometimes have adverse side-effects or negative interactions with some medications. For instance, if you’re on blood thinners, you might need to avoid some herbal teas. For added benefit, take some magnesium supplement with the tea-magnesium can easily reduce some headaches.
Easy Herbal Tea Recipes
You can also combine herbal teas with other ingredients for lasting headache relief. Here are some easy recipes tht are worth a shot.
Ginger Lemon Herbal Tea
• 2-3 slices of lemon (optional)
• 1-inch ginger piece, peeled and sliced into rounds
• 2.5 cups of water
• 2 teaspoons of Lemon Raspberry Natural Calm (Natural Calm is a good magnesium supplement available at the pharmacy, health food stores, and online.) or lemon.
Combine the ginger, water, and lemon slices in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Once the mixture comes to boil, reduce to low heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow it to gently cool. Put the Natural Calm in a cup and pour in this tea. Strain the lemon and ginger pieces.
• 1.5 tablespoon of green tea
• 4 dried plums (prunes)
• 3.5 cup of water
• 2.2 tablespoons of mint
Boil the green tea, prunes, and mint in 3.5 cups of water for about 10 minutes. Drink a maximum of 3 cups a day when you get a migraine attack.
Passion Flower Power
• 3 teaspoons of lemon balm
• 4 teaspoons of chamomile flowers
• 2 teaspoons of feverfew
• 1 teaspoons of passion flower
• 1 teaspoon of skullcap
• 1/3 teaspoons of ginger root
Combine all ingredients in a tea pot or tea infuser for about 8-12 minutes. If you prefer, you can also use “parts” method-as long as you can maintain the serving size-to make a large batch. This tea blend can be easily stored in a cool, dark place in your house for about 6 months.
• 1 cup of water
• 1 tablespoon of feverfew (four to five dried leaves)
This simple but highly effective tea recipe can be ready in 35-40 minutes. To add a little more flavor, you can also add some chamomile, lavender and lemon.
With these herbal teas you can get lasting relief from your migraine headaches and can regain lost enjoyment of your life. Try and spend some of your time kicking back in the evening, relaxing with a cup of herbal tea. It can ensure a sound night’s sleep and help make sure today’s pain does not affect your tomorrow.