Although it’s not a common plant in the Philippines, we will still include valerian as one of the herbs for migraines.
Valerian is a popular herb for people with insomnia, but one report noted that this herb also reduces the duration, frequency, and intensity of migraine headaches. The report even deemed it “a potential alternative to common migraine medications4.“
Because valerian is not a native to the country, the easiest way to obtain it is through supplements or teas. Please note that supplements and teas containing valerian often come with other ingredients that help with insomnia.
Important: please note that valerian may not be safe for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. It may also interact with triptans, a class of prescription medications used in treating migraines.
We need further information on the link between peppermint and migraine attacks. For now, though, we’ll consider peppermint as one of the herbs for migraines because of menthol, its active component.
Research involving 35 patients and more than 100 migraine attacks noted that the topical application of 10% menthol to the temples and forehead helps relieve migraine pain and nausea5.