Herbal Medicine for Headache

Herbal Medicine for Headache

What is headache?

Headache is pain in any area of the head. According to World Health Organization (WHO) report; every individual experience headache at some point in his or her life. It is one of the most common neurological conditions.

 Headaches may occur on one or both sides of the head, be isolated to a certain location, radiate across the head from one point, or have a viselike quality.

A headache may appear as a sharp pain, a throbbing sensation or a dull ache. Headaches can develop gradually or suddenly, and may last from less than an hour to several days.

There are different types of headaches and it’s different causes and it’s different treatments.

Why should we use Herbal Medicine for Headache?

Headache is one of the most common and 9000 years old medical conditions faced by one third of the population at least once in their life.  According to Global reported prevalence of headache Overall, 96% of people experience headache in their whole life and also the Prevalence in females is higher than in male.

Mostly people take any prescribed drug to cure the headache but as we mentioned in our previous article that it’s not 100% safe to take medication or pain killers because drugs usually bring the temporarily relief while damaging another thing or two which can lead to some serious condition so it’s better to use effective herbal medication for the relief of Headache.

Herbal Medicine for Headache


Ginger is a herbal plant with a lot of healing properties and have been used since many years. Ginger extracts increase serotonin, a chemical messenger involved with migraine attacks. It Increases the serotonin levels in your brain, helps stop migraine by reducing inflammation and restricting blood vessels.

According to a study conducted in 2018 found out that taking a 400-mg ginger extract supplement with ketoprofen — a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug — decreased migraine symptoms better than taking ketoprofen alone.

According to another research experiment, 100 participants were asked to take ginger and sumatriptan  (drug for headache) and were asked to compare these two.  As a result, both worked just fine but sumatriptan had side effects whereas ginger had no side effects.

How to use Ginger for headache

You can use ginger for headache I many ways but few of the most effective ones are;

  • Take one glass of water
  • Add one and a half teaspoon of ginger in it.

Or you can also;

  • Take one cup of water
  • Add some green tea bag
  • Put one a half teaspoon of ginger in it
  • Let it cook for 5-6 minutes.


Feverfew is a herbal plant which literally means “fever few”. It is known for its medicinal properties. The compounds of feverfew parthenolide may inhibit serotonin receptors, prevent blood platelets from releasing inflammatory molecules, stop blood vessels in the brain from widening (vasodilation), and stop smooth muscle spasms.

According to research experiment; the participants were asked to compare between placebo (a medicine for headache) and feverfew. It was concluded that feverfew does in fact prevent migraine attacks. Feverfew had fewer side effects than placebo.

How to use feverfew for headache

The effective way of using feverfew for headache is;

  • One cup of Luke warm water
  • Add Chopped feverfew leaves 1 teaspoon
  • Let it sit for 10 minutes

Or you can also;

  • Take 3-4 feverfew organic leaves
  • Chew up those leaves-fresh


Fennel is an herb that has been used from ancient times for its health benefits. It is highly beneficial to reduce headache. Fennel does not let your body go dehydrated which is one of the causes of secondary headache. It keeps extra fluids out of your system and keeps the body hydrated.

According to a research experiment; benefits of fennel in reducing and fighting with headache are higher than medicine for headaches.

How to use fennel for headache

The effective way of using fennel for headache;

  • Take one cup of water
  • Put fennel seeds init
  • Let it cook for 10-15 minutes

Or you can also;

  • Take fennel plant- chopped
  • Take celery or rosemary
  • Make their salad

Essential Oils

Essential oils are extracted from the fresh herbal plants or seeds. These essential oils have proved to be very effective in so many ways, people have been using them from ancient times for their healing properties for different purposes; for instance, aromatherapy, massage therapy, growth of hair, skin benefits, as ailments  etc.

Some of the known essential oils for curing the headache are; 

  • Lavender oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Chamomile oil

How to use essential oils for headache?

There are number of ways essential oils can be used to treat headache;

  • Massage oil on your forehead or temples –gently massage essential oil onto your forehead or temples.
  • Inhale the oil – put few drops of essential oil on the tissue or a towel and smell it. The aromatherapy of essential oil is quite successful in relaxation of the mind.
  • Essential oil bath – put few drops of the essential oil to the bath and try to relax.


  • Steve is a pioneer writer for Herbatico since day one. Mike has over 7 years of experience in writing articles in health niches.

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