You've probably heard the warnings on taking both prescription and over the
counter pain relievers for
headaches. Some of these
drugs are shown to harm your kidneys and cause other bad effects.
Don't fret! You may be glad to hear there are many herbal and natural remedies for headaches that work quite well, and are much safer too. The number one herbal pain reliever is White Willow, and in fact, this herb was the basis for today's modern over the counter aspirin and prescription NSAID medications.
Pure white willow does not have the same side effects and dangers that over the counter and prescription NSAIDs have though. It can safely be given to children and teenagers without fear of causing Reyes Syndrome, it does not thin the blood, and it doesn't irritate the stomach either. White willow is an anti-inflammatory herb, which means it relieves pain by reducing the inflammation causing that pain.
White willow works well for almost any kind of headache, including migraines. There are a few other herbs which are known to work specifically well for migraines too though. Combining Fenugreek with Thyme for instance - Thyme being the common seasoning many people use in their kitchens - is an excellent remedy for migraine headaches. This herbal combination is excellent for stopping the pounding, throbbing, and nausea which often comes with migraines too. Fenugreek and Thyme combined also work extremely well for treating sinus related headaches, because they help pull the mucus while also relieving the headache pain.
Many headaches are caused by an illness, or toxins and bacteria in the body though. And these can be treated with a variety of standard herbal remedies often used for infections, sickness, and general immune boosting purposes.
Cayenne for instance, is an herb which will stimulate the body to start healing itself. This stimulation helps get the blood flowing, and helps the body heal if there is a sickness inside.
Garlic is a common herb used to treat almost any type of infection, or to kill harmful bacteria. If you have headaches caused by sinus infections, ear infections or other common illnesses, garlic alone can do wonders to clear up the problem, and it's even more effective when combined with Cayenne.
Sometimes headaches can be cured by treating other, apparently unrelated areas of the body too. If your liver is not functioning normally for instance, then it's not clearing out the toxins and wastes well enough, and that leaves extra poisonous toxins circulating in your body. Those extra toxins can cause headaches and other illnesses. By using a liver boosting and healing herb such as dandelion though, you can help the liver functionality improve, which will start removing the extra toxins in your body faster.
And don't forget that sometimes all you need to relieve your headache is extra water. Too many people don't drink enough water, and headaches are a common side effect of dehydration. So try drinking a tall glass of water and see if that helps relieve the headache naturally.
Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.