One of our young adult children has been having migraines for several years, so I have been searching for possible effective natural migraine remedy for a while. It has also helped keeping a journal of possible food triggers. I suspected excitotoxins contained in food eaten away from home.
I found an early helpful lead in my research at the University of Maryland Medical Center website. Their website states, “Feverfew became popular in Great Britain in the 1980s as a treatment for migraines. A survey of 270 people with migraines in Great Britain found that more than 70% of them felt much better after taking an average of 2 – 3 fresh or dried feverfew leaves daily. Several human studies have used feverfew to prevent and treat migraines. Overall, these studies suggest that taking dried leaf capsules of feverfew every day may reduce the number of migraines in people who have chronic migraines.”
What – is this little known information really true? Why aren’t more doing this?
So I ordered two herbs that are reported to be even more effective together than just the feverfew by itself: lemon balm herb and feverfew herb. When they came from Bulk Herb Store where I get my herbs, we were so anxious to try it, and the test came soon enough.
One day after our BHS shipment arrived, our daughter got another migraine at home preceded by an aura and nausea. This was a severe blow. She was already under a lot of pressure as she prepared to leave for a week of classes, impromptu speeches, symposium, and CLEP testing in her accelerated college program, and so we just naturally grabbed the as yet unopened bag of feverfew herb and put a small pinch of the dried herb in her mouth. Feeling deflated, she sat down on the stairs while I stroked her back, and we prayed.
Surprise, surprise – in what seemed like about 5 minutes, she looked up at me and smiled. Her eyes told me the pain was almost gone! I gave her a few more leaves to add to the others (which were still in her mouth) and the pain and nausea were completely gone in 20 minutes! A small headache did return in ~5 hours, but lasted only a short time. Since then she has carried a small pouch of this dried feverfew migraine remedy (we added lemon balm leaves) in her purse for emergencies which she has used twice with similar and remarkable results. Feverfew may be worth a try if you or a loved one suffers from migraines.
Ways To Take Feverfew Migraine Remedy:
One of the easiest ways to take the herb and receive the benefits of feverfew would be to chew up three or four of the leaves whenever you feel a migraine coming on. Don’t chew up fresh leaves, though; use dried ones. The fresh leaves can irritate a person’s mouth, cause swelling or even a rash. In some cases you could lose your ability to taste for a short while. Due to this it is far better to chew them dry. Feverfew treats the underlying reason for the headaches rather than just the discomfort.
You can keep a small pouch in your purse or backpack to use as needed.
2. Drink Feverfew Tea
Herbal tea blends are also excellent ways to benefit from any specific herb, and they can be rather pleasant, too! You can drink feverfew tea mixed with some chamomile, lavender flowers, and lemon balm herb to get fast relief. We add a touch of honey, but brew it strong.
Teas can be served hot or cold and brewed many different ways.
Make A Migraine Remedy Tincture
- 3 parts lemon balm herb (I used 1/2 c. [x 3] = 1 1/2 cup)
- 2 parts feverfew herb (I used 1/2 c. [x 2] = 1 cup)
- 80-100 proof vodka
- glass quart jar with tight fitting lid
1. Measure your dried herbs. You can also make this with feverfew only, but some feel it is more effective with lemon balm.
2. Add herbs to glass jar. Ideally only fill half full of herbs.
3. Pour vodka (or glycerin) over herbs to fill the jar. The solvent should rise at least 2 inches above the herbs.
4. Place the lid on the jar and shake until the herbs are well combined.
5. Label jar with contents and date.
6. Set in a dark cabinet or closet where you will see and not forget it and steep for 4-6 weeks, shaking daily.
7. At the end of the steeping time, strain out the spent herbs with a cheesecloth or coffee filter, allowing the liquid to drain into a clean glass jar.
8. Use a funnel to fill dark colored bottles for storage in a cool, dark place. Label and date each bottle. The tincture should keep for up to 7 years.
9. Compost the depleted herbs.
Dosage: At the sudden onset of migraine symptoms, begin taking 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of the tincture every 30 minutes to an hour until symptoms subside. Studies show that longer term use yields best results for most people.
Note: A 3-month study with 49 people found that a combination of feverfew, magnesium, and Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) led to a 50% decrease in migraines.
There are side effects that can occur as a result of taking a feverfew migraine remedy in excess including muscle stiffness, nervousness, mouth ulcers and canker sores, temporary loss of taste, superfluous stimulation of menstruation, and for pregnant women, contraction of the uterus which can lead to miscarriage. Again, please consult your doctor if you have any concerns about using the feverfew plant before you start taking it regularly! (source)
Do you want to calm your colicky baby? Lemon balm is a wonderful, safe, old-time remedy.
UPDATE on January 29, 2014: With only 2 drops a day of the tincture in water EVERY DAY in the morning, our daughter has had only 1 migraine since December 15! This migraine remedy works for us.
What are some of the things you have tried that have worked? Be sure to read in the comments for things that have helped others.
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