Butterbur to the Migraine Rescue

I wouldn’t say I’m over the hill yet — but I’ve definitely made the difficult transition from “floor model” to “antique.” And as I’ve added a small army of candles to my birthday cake, I’ve learned to take time to relax and smell the flowers. Continue reading

Six Safe, Natural Solutions for Getting Rid of Migraine Headache Pain

Migraine sufferers are often anxious to rid themselves of the terrible pain characterizing this condition. Health-conscious individuals choose natural treatments to avoid drug side effects. Many migraine sufferers don’t realize the effects certain foods and chemicals may have on their systems, contributing to the development of migraines, or to their resolution. Diet, herbs Continue reading

Discover the Many Uses of Mullein

Mullein, a plant that grows in dry, barren places, has been used for centuries because of its outstanding medicinal qualities. Its healing properties are found in its roots, leaves, and flowers, and it has been effective in treating a variety of health conditions, especially respiratory disorders.

Native Americans used the leaves of the mullein plant to ease respiratory discomfort. Mullein tea is also an effective way of treating respiratory and other types of conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and allergies. It is also effective in treating sore throats and coughs.

Mullein’s anti-bacterial properties make it effective in treating infections. It has even been used to treat tuberculosis as it inhibits mycobacterium, the bacteria, which causes the disease.

Last year, in an article listed in PubMed titled “What’s in a Name? Can Mullein Weed Beat TB where Modern Drugs are Failing” authors Eibhlin McCarthy and Jim M. O’Mahony of the Cork Institute of Technology in Ireland reported:

“Extracts of the mullein leaf have also been shown in laboratory studies to possess antitumor, antiviral, antifungal, and – most interestingly for the purpose of this paper – antibacterial properties.”

The authors also observed that mullein had been shown in trials Continue reading

Introducing – Feverfew Herb

What Feverfew herb is and what it is used for?Traditionally as a herbal medicine to prevent migraine headaches.

DO NOT USE Feverfew herb if you are taking the following medicines: doxycycline, isotretinoin, rizatriptan, zolmitriptan,  clopidrogel, aspirin, ibuprofen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

There is no evidence that Feverfew herb is safe to use during pregnancy and breast-feeding so it should not be taken.

Driving and using machines

No data on the effects on the ability to drive and use machines are available. Make sure you know how it affects you before you drive or use machinery.

How to take Feverfew herb:

You should see your doctor if symptoms worsen or do not improve after 12 weeks.

Long-term Feverfew users who stop treatment suddenly may experience withdrawal symptoms, including rebound headaches, anxiety, insomnia, muscle stiffness and joint pain. Patients on long-term therapy should seek advice from their doctor, pharmacist or healthcare professional before stopping treatment.

Possible side effects:

The following side effects can occur:

Common side-effects (affecting approximately 1 in 20 people)

Abdominal bloating, Indigestion, Heartburn, Digestive upsets such as wind, bloating, nausea, or constipation. If these persist for more than a few days or become troublesome, stop taking the herbal medicine. These common side-effects are often only temporary.

Uncommon side-effects (affecting fewer than 1 in 300 people)

Mouth inflammation or mouth ulcers, Mild allergic skin reactions, itching and/or rash of the skin. Stop taking Feverfew herb immediately if you experience any allergic skin reaction.  Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you experience any other side-effect.