Herbal Tincture for Migraines Using Lemon Balm
One of the worst headaches that I have experienced, was a migraine headache. It seems like my body’s reaction to anything wrong is always in the form of a headache. Painkillers are the main reason for headaches including migraine type headache.
It is important for headache sufferers to figure out what kind of headache you are having. Different herbs help with different types of headaches. For example, there are migraines, cluster headaches, tension/stress headaches, hormone headaches, food-triggered headaches, and the list goes on.
There are several herbs today which are thought to relieve pains triggered by this condition. Studies have shown that lemon balm and feverfew may be effective in the treatment of common headache, stress, headache caused by PMS, migraines and tension headaches.
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.”
If you often get bad headaches or migraines, this herb is best used as a preventative. Take it every day, either eat the leaves raw, in a salad, in a piece of bread, in your tea, in tincture form, etc. You will get less migraines by taking feverfew daily.
Lemon Balm’s botanical name, Melissa, is Greek for “bee.” This is probably why one of the common names is bee balm. In the Middles Ages lemon balm was used to soothe tension, to dress wounds, and as a cure for toothache, skin eruptions, mad dog bites, crooked necks, and sickness during pregnancy. It was even said to prevent baldness. As a medicinal plant, lemon balm has traditionally been employed against bronchial inflammation, earache, fever, flatulence, headaches, high blood pressure, influenza, mood disorders, palpitations, toothache and vomiting. A tea made from Lemon balm leaves is said to soothe menstrual cramps and helps relieve PMS.
Paracelus claimed that this herb could completely revitalize the body and called it the “elixir of life”.They used this to treat nervous headaches and neuralgia.
WAYS TO TAKE FEVERFEW MIGRAINE REMEDY:
- Chew the Leaves: Chew up three or four of the leaves whenever you feel a migraine coming on. Chew up dried leaves, not fresh 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.
Drink Feverfew Tea: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
lemon balm herb 1 1/2 cup
feverfew herb 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.Place herbs in glass jar.
3. Pour vodka (or glycerin) over herbs to fill the jar. The solvent should rise at least 2 inches above the herbs.
4.Cover the jar with a lid, securing well, and give it a good shake.
5.Set in a dark cabinet or closet where you will see and not forget it and steep for 4-6 weeks, shaking daily.
6.Strain the herbs from the liquid — give the herbs a bit of a squeeze to get all of your tincture out.
7.Strain the liquid through cheesecloth.
8.Bottle in a dark glass bottle and store in a cool, dark place. Your tincture should stay useful for several years if you store it properly.
Suggestions for Usage
When you feel the onset of a headache, Dosage for adults is ¼ to ½ teaspoon of the tincture every thirty minutes to one hour until symptom subsides.
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!
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