I have suffered from severe migraines for years. Only the triptan derivative drugs will make a dent in it but I don't like taking them and they are just too expensive for us to buy.
I recently began drinking feverfew tea when I get a migraine and it works very well! I am so pleased! I will never again buy drugs for headaches! I did some research into why it works so well. It is believed that by inhibiting the release of serotonin and prostaglandins, both of which are believed to aid the onset of migraines, feverfew limits the inflammation of blood vessels in the head. This would, in theory, stop the blood vessel spasm which is believed to contribute to headaches.
It also contains a lot of melatonin but I don't put it in my sleepy tea because I don't have a lot of it this year and want to save it for headaches and also because it has such a bitter taste. If I put it in the sleepy tea then hubby wouldn't drink it.
Hubby had a rare migraine a few days ago, rare as in "once a year". I gave him some feverfew tea. The taste was so bad that he only drank half of it. Within 10 mins he was up exclaiming at how well it worked and how it just almost instantly lifted the weight. He drank the rest down down without comment.
I have always grown it with double flowers in the flowerbed. This year I planted a long row in the herb garden and will add another row soon for next year.
Mullein is said to be good for headaches but its a narcotic pain reliever, so would work on a migraine much like Advil, which doesn't. If you have ever had a real migraine, you'd know that narcotic pain relievers don't work. The triptan drugs, mentioned above, work by regulating the size of the blood vessels in your head and they work very well but are prohibitively expensive.
Meadowsweet is also a good pain reliever, being the plant aspirin was originally derived from. It contains all the properties of aspirin without the stomach upset. It's even prescribed to help ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders.
I have both meadowsweet and mullein growing and intend to dry as much of them all this year as I can!