The treatment of headaches by using herbal preparations

Headache is one of the most common ailments of modern society and almost everyone suffers from headaches. It is defined as any pain in the face, head and sew (goes from head to cervical spine). Headache is not a disease in itself, but points to some other illness or disturbance. It is believed that most often occurs as a result of stress and tension. According to ICHD2 (The International Classification of Headache Disorders) there are several types of headache: primary, secondary and other neuralgia and headache. The category of primary headaches includes: migraine, tension headache, headache in clusters and other primary headaches. The category of secondary headaches includes: headaches associated with head injury or neck, headache associated with vascular disorders of the head or  the neck, headache in conjunction with a non-vascular intracranial disorders, headache associated with substances or their interruption taking (drugs and drowsiness), headache caused by infections (meningitis), headache associated with homeostasis disorders, headaches or facial pain caused by disorders of cranium, neck, ears, nose, sinuses, or other structures of the face and cranium, and headache associated with psychiatric disorders. Neuralgia and other headaches consider: cranial neuralgias, central and primary facial pain and other headaches. For frequent and painful headaches you should definitely consult a doctor as they may indicate a disease or disorder.

Headaches can nowadays be treated by consuming drugs or by a healthier and more natural way with the help of herbs and their preparations. It is certainly a better and healthier way of treating headaches and such treatments are applied for many years, through folk medicine.

Headaches can be treated with aromatherapy using essential oils. For aromatherapy use the oils of peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus and chamomile. Oils can be combined or use them individually. Except for aromatherapy, essential oils can be used for the massage of the temples, in what is best proved oil blend of thyme and rosemary. Also, essential oils for the headache can be used in the bath for the feet, especially the oils of mint and lavender.

Ginger is also a very effective cure for the headache. We can use it as a drink (half a teaspoon of ginger powder mix with water) or as a tea (pour a cup of hot water over a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger). The other teas, such as rosemary, ginkgo, thyme, lemon balm and chamomile tea are also very useful for the headaches. Tea made from willow bark is extremely good because it contains salacin, a chemical similar to aspirin.


In addition to essential oil and herbal preparations, herbs to fight headaches can also be used in other ways. Rub a spearmint oil on the edge of the hairline. It is also very effective to eat garlic and onions. Mint mixed with a little alcohol and rubbed on the temples also reduces the headache. Since ancient times it has been known that if we cut the potatoes in half and rub it on our temples, it can reduce headache. Hot pepper, due to its ingredient capsaicin, is also a good tool for reducing headaches. Cabbage, bay leaves, turmeric are also herbs that can be very useful allies in the fight against headaches.

But not only herbs are good for treating headaches. Headaches can often mean that we dehydrated, so you need to drink at least two liters of water daily. Physical activity, such as a walk, helps reduce headaches and prevent them if we take an hour walk every day. Preventive effect on headaches have regular bedtimes and waking up at the same time, a moderate intake of caffeine and a light, low-fat food.