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All-Natural Headache Soothers

For migraine sufferers: You may find a trick or two in this list that could provide some relief but this is a much more complicated ailment and requires the expertise and direction of your doctor.

ExamplesIf you haven’t looked into feverfew yet, check it out. The idea is to grow a plant indoors and eat a few fresh leaves each day…this is a preventative measure only and not a migraine cure. Be aware that it could conflict with medications so speak to your doctor about it first. Also note that this is not recommended for pregnant women.

For the rest of us, here’s a collection I’ve compiled from my notes and clippings that lists items you can try for relief from mild or tension headaches.


Brew a fresh cup when you feel one coming on…

Compresses (can be hot or cold):

Pour 3 cups boiling water over 1 TBS of herbs, steep for 20 minutes then strain. Soak cloth in mixture, wring out and place on forehead or where it aches.


You can make your own [2] bath salts with essential oils and dried herbs, keep them sealed in a glass jar until needed.

Temple Dabbers:

Microwaveable Heat Bags (Or Chill):

See this page [4] for how to make them (simple cotton bags filled with uncooked rice, wheat, etc.) and add dried herbs such as marjoram, rose petals, cloves and rosemary. These can be zapped in the microwave to heat or keep them in the freezer so they’re chilled and ready to use as needed.


Apply about 4 drops of one of the essential oils below to a scrap of fabric or cotton ball, put it underneath your nose then breathe in deeply…

Sniffing Sachets or Jars

*First published March 4, 2008 and moved to this page for better organization


1/4 cup dried lavender
1/4 cup cloves

Pouch: Made from fabric such as muslin, cotton


Tip: You could also choose to skip the fabric pouch and store the ingredients in a small jar with a tight seal. Shake the jar then open it and sniff deeply a few times.

You could also try a a steam [5], massage your temples during the steaming.

Always choose organically grown herbs (chemical free) when using as a health aide, you should have no problem find them in a bulk health food store.

*Note: These are simply notes I have collected, they are not professional medical advice.