MEDICINAL PLANTS IN CASE OF A HEADACHE
MEADOWSWEET (Filipendula ulmaria L.)
Meadowsweet is a frequently seen plant in our countryside. It contains many salicylates, mainly salicin and salicylaldehyde. It is this aldehyde in the essential oil of the flowers that cause an “almond smell”. These substances are already known for centuries as great painkillers!
At the beginning of the 19th century, salicylic acid was isolated for the first time from this plant, originating to the development of Aspirin. However, meadowsweet is not irritating the stomach and is well tolerated. The flower tops of this beautiful plant are used.
Meadowsweet has good analgesic as well as anti-inflammatory qualities and has a preferable function on neuralgia, in particular headache!
LAVENDER (Lavandula officinalis Chaix ex Vill.)
Lavender is an odorous flower which we find very often in our gardens. Besides the well known use in perfumery, lavender is also used for its healing characteristics.
Lavender flowers have an anti-depressive and relaxing function on the brain. This gives lavender a calming and soothing effect, but also an important analgesic function in case of a headache!
Moreover lavender works great in case of liver and bilious disorders and as toxin eliminating and antiviral plant.
Since headache is caused by liver and bilious disorders, toxins (allergies, digestive intolerances) and infections, lavender has a very powerful function against headache.
A depressive mental state of mind is also very often a cause of headache, for which lavender is a very suited plant.
LEMON BALM (Melissa officinalis L.)
Lemon balm is a lemon smelling plant, which is already known for centuries for its medicinal characteristics: the Romans already used it very extensively.
When bruising the leaves, an essential oil evaporates and you smell the typical scent (originating from citronellal, one of the most important substances).
Lemon balm not only has a calming and a antispasmodic effect, but is also anti-vomiting and works excellent against the general feeling of nausea and discomfort, typical for headaches. The psychological relaxing effect is therefore complemented with an analgesic function and because of that effective in headaches.
Lemon balm influences the digestive system (stomach, bile and liver) and is a very useful plant for this indication.
Viral infections also cause very often extreme headaches. Because lemon balm is active against viruses, it works on this cause of headaches.
Lemon balm is one of many plants, used for centuries with success on headaches. This traditional function is up to this day proved by scientific research.
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