The other thing to remember about herb for headache is that, although herbal remedies tend to be gentler than drugs, if you take too much they can not only make your headache worse, but do real harm to your body. If you're doing much more than herbs in your salad or a cup of tea, talk to your doctor. Also, if you're on any medication you should also check with your doctor, since some herbs cause problems when taken at the same time.
Herb for headache #1: Feverfew
Feverfew is a very popular migraine herbal remedy, and because so many people are interested in it, we've given it a page of it's own! Check out our article on feverfew here.
Herb for headache #2: Peppermint (mentha piperita)
For hundreds of years peppermint has been used as a headache remedy. From tea to extract, there are lots of ways to enjoy peppermint. Be warned that peppermint is not the thing to take if you have heartburn or similar stomach acid problems.
Peppermint is just as useful for it's aroma and cooling properties as an essential oil. Read more about this herb for headache on our home remedies page.
Herb for headache #3: Passionflower (Passiflora alata)
Passionflower is a calming herb. Taken as a tea before bed, it can help you sleep. At least one clinic trial has found it to lower anxiety. It is also believed to have anti-inflammitory and pain killing properties. Great for migraine!
Herb for headache #4: Ginko (ginko biloba)
The leaf of the ginko tree is an extremely popular herb for headache, but the medical evidence is still hotly disputed. Ginko is said to improve the flow of blood and get more oxygen to the brain, hence not only relieving headache but improving memory and alertness as well. There are some nice teas sold with ginko and peppermint, so why not give it a try?
Note that Ginko is one of those herbs that can cause side effects when taken with headache medications, including aspirin and lithium.
Herb for headache #5: Cayenne (capsaicin)
Yes, that's right – the pepper. Many peppers have an ingredient called capsaicin, which among other things seems to raise the pain threshold. It's gained attention in the medical world in recent years especially for its treatment of cluster headaches, and it's often given in the form of a nasal spray.
Cayenne pepper is an excellent spice to have on hand (well, don't put too much ON your hand or you may burn it!), and may lessen your migraine.
Herb for headache #6: Willow (salix . . .)
White willow bark is an especially popular herb for headache because it works much like an aspirin, relieving your headache pain and causing the inflammation to go down. Like any painkiller, it should not be taken long term. Once again, be very careful about taking willow with other painkillers and medications - check with your doctor!
Other herbs for headache:
Meadowsweet, valerian (excellent if you can't sleep), skullcap, chamomile (also common for relaxation). Boswellia is an herb than has recently been recommended for migraine.