The past couple of days I’ve been in this weird tea-making mode!
I call it weird because — even though I’ve always relished a good cup of herbal tea — these days I can’t seem to get enough. And by that I mean, I’m drinking quarts of various teas daily! My body asks for it, I provide it.
This intense craving for nourishing plant infusions has naturally caused my creative juices to flow…thereby producing a ton of new, super fun recipes — most of which I’ll be sharing with you in the coming days.
So…I really hope you like herbal tea!
Today I want to share with you an amazing botanical blend of flowers, leaves, and bark specifically combined to treat migraine headaches.
What does this tea do?
My intention was to handcraft something that would bring swift + calming relief from migraine pain (and body pain in general for that matter). I had my Mom in mind — and therefore knew I needed this remedy to multitask by increasing circulation while soothing the effects anxiety caused by a irritated nervous system.
Based on my medical knowledge, I am well aware that conventional, Western medicine attempts to prevent and treat severe headaches and migraines with medications such as: analgesics, NSAIDs (i.e. naproxen, ibuprofen, etc.), triptans, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and serotonin antagonists.
These medications — although often effective in their efforts — frequently come with damaging side effects.
A few natural remedies you can use to
treat migraine headaches.
Thankfully, the revival of plant-based healing is freeing us from our dependence on pharmaceuticals.
And rest assured, the burden and pain of a migraine can be eased with a variety of all-natural and herbal remedies.
Consider the following ::
- Magnesium. People who experience migraines are repeatedly found deficient in magnesium. Current research has shown that people who experience migraines can reduce the frequency of occurrence by oral and transdermal magnesium supplementation. Taking magnesium tabs and soaking in bath with magnesium bath flakes has proven to provide marked improvement for the chronic migraine sufferer. Likewise, I couldn’t more highly recommend Hylands Homeopathic Magnesia Phosphoric Tablets — this homeopathic remedy is SUPER effective in treating tension headaches and headaches caused by neck/shoulder muscle spasms (it’s also amazing for menstrual cramps…but that’s for another day)
- Vitamin Protocol. Add the following vitamin protocol to your diet as set forth in Rosemary Gladstar’s book Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family
At the first signs of a migraine, begin taking niacinamide, 3oo mg daily; vitamin B6, 200 mg daily; and rutin, 200 mg daily. Divide the doses and take two or three times during the day. Alacer’s Emergen-C is also very effective in helping prevent migraines when taken at the onset of the symptoms. Take two packages (2,000 mg) Emergen-C twice a day.
- Omega 3s. Omega 3s help the body to fight off inflammation — the likely culprit to most severe headaches. Increase your daily intake by consuming flax seeds, pastured eggs, salmon, and fish oil supplements.
- Herbs. Herbs such as…feverfew, willow bark, kava kava, skullcap, poppy, and rosemary are among some of the oldest remedies for migraines. Feverfew, namely, grows easily in the home garden and can even be eaten raw. Grow your own strictly medicinal herbs with seeds from Horizon Herbs.
Herbal Remedy Tea
*Purchase organically-grown or wildharvested herbs whenever possible.
*Parts are measured by volume not weight.
- 1 part skullcap
- 1 part feverfew
- 1 part willow bark
- 1 part California poppy
- 1 part peppermint leaf
- 1/2 part kava kava root powder
- 1/2 part lavender flowers
- 1/4 part rosemary leaf
- Measure the parts of each of the herbs listed and mix in a large bowl until well combined.
- Grab your single serving tea carafe (this is my absolute favorite way to make a quick cup of loose leaf tea), tea infusers, and/or tea pots…and brew a cup! OR make a larger batch by adding 4 tablespoons of the herbal blend to a quart-size glass jar, fill the jar with just boiled water, steep for a few minutes, strain and enjoy. (Note: I get all of my loose leaf tea-making supplies online from Mountain Rose Herbs.)
- This herbal tea blend will keep stored in a cool, dark place for approximately 6 months. (Note: I like to store all of my teas in glass jars with tight-fitting lids.)
For a quick and easy remedy, consider using this blend to create an herbal tincture. Click this link to read my instructions for making a tincture.
Tips + Recommendations
-Drink 1-3 cups of this herbal tea at the onset of migraine aura or headache.
-Use caution! Drinking this tea may cause drowsiness. Do not participate in activities that require precision and focus after consumption (i.e. driving, operating machinery, etc.)
-Grow feverfew in your home herb garden and eat 2-3 leaves daily. Purchase strictly medicinal feverfew seeds by clicking this link. Note: To be highly effective in migraine prevention…feverfew must be used over a period of at least 3 months.
-Here are a couple additional recipes for added migraine relief:
- How to Treat Migraines with an Herbal Tincture at Home ~ A Recipe
- How to Make and Use Lavender Flower Extract
Where can I get this stuff?
-Mountain Rose Herbs…they have everything you’ll need for this remedy! It’s your one-stop-shop!
DISCLAIMER: The statements made here are purely education and have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. They are by no means intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Although plants and medicinal herbs are generally considered safe, it may not be true for everyone. It is always the best practice and highly advised that you consult with a medical professional prior to the use of this or any other herbal preparation.