LOW CARB COCONUT PANCAKES

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LOW-CARB pancakes for breakfast again. So delicious! 🙂

PREPARATION TIME : 30min (baking included)

NUTRITION VALUE (without strawberries and chocolate ): cca 380kcal (38g proteins, 17g fats, 15g carbs)

INGREDIENTS

1 scoop no flavor proteins

1 tsp vanilla essence

30g shredded coconut

10g coconut flour

100g low fat Greek yogurt

2 tsp sweetener of your choice (I use Stevia)

10g raw cacao

1 tsp egg replacer

7 tbsp water

TOPPING

50g frozen strawberries

10g dark chocolate

PREPARATION

Mix all the ingredients in a cup.

Heat up a non stick pan and apply mixture with a spoon (you can make 3 small pancakes at the same time).

When you see that the upper part of pancake is ready, careful flip it over and bake for 1-2 more minutes.

When pancakes are ready pour some hot strawberries over it and dark chocolate cut to pieces.

How To Manage Curly Hair

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Hair style really plays a significant role in everyone looks. There are many ladies who always complain that their curly hair are not manageable. The hair becomes big problem for them and they do not know how to manage them. Learn tips for caring your curls and keep the natural look and worthy of a diva!

In the shower: Shampoos and Conditioners.

Pick shampoos, conditioners, styling gels, that improve the look and feel of your hair.  Always invest in good shampoos and conditioners, designed for your hair type. They are the first step to beautiful and well-defined curls.

Tips

Do not put too much shampoo or conditioner in the hair. Avoid pouring it straight on your head. Always spread on the hands and apply gently, especially the shampoo, wash your scalp with your fingertips, not with nails. Massaging your scalp with your fingers helps to activate the glands that produce the desired natural oil, which make your hair feel less parched.

If possible, do the final rinse with cold water. The very hot water helps to dry the hair. (In winter it is tough to follow, but try, because the result is visible!).

Use an anti-residue shampoo once a fortnight or month. They open the cuticles of the wires and clean the impurities. It is important to use an anti-residue shampoo for your hair which is not “heavy” and with a blurry look because of the accumulation of products in the wire. But remember after that you have to do a deep moisturizing because you’re hair cuticles get open and no other product will work.

How to Comb Curly Hair?

The best way to style curly hair is set them in wet. First try to set them with fingers and then with a wide tooth comb. Start from the end and then keep going toward the root. Do not hurry and take your time because if you comb your hair too fast and carelessly, the result will be smashed and brittle hair.

Tips

Use a wooden comb. It helps to remove the static electricity and hair, leaving the wire with fewer frizzes and more defined.

Do not use brushes. They will take the format of the bunch and let your hair look like a gun.

Dryer is a villain or ally for curly hair?

Experts recommend that you let your hair dry naturally, best is use the dryer with diffuser. Some models come with the dryer diffuser included, it is worth investing in a model with this tool. It’s great for drying bunches and give the definition you need.

Tips

After washing your hair, pat dry with a paper towel or microfiber to remove excess water. Never rub your hair in the towel with force. Divide the hair into 4 and dry for fuses, pressing the hair in the towel without much force. This helps keep the shape of the clusters.

Do not use the dryer at a temperature too high, as it helps to dry out and damage the hair. When you use it, apply a protective cream to reduce heat damage.

If not using the dryer, never sleep with wet hair! This creates fungi on the scalp and cause disease, such as dandruff and hair loss.

Hydration:

Curly hair is drier because of its shape. The natural oil produced by the scalp cannot reach the tip of the hair, leaving them dull, dry and brittle. So hydration is must, because it is also that will leave your curls more defined and beautiful. To do so, bet on hydration weekly or biweekly, with good quality products and ingredients with deep hydration.

Tips

After the conditioner, apply a leave-in (without cream rinse) to maintain hydration of hair and make them more defined, and knead the hair with paper towel or microfiber.

If you have any chemicals in your hair (dye, coloring, etc.). You need to moisturize even more hair. Talk to a hairdresser to invest in a deeper hydration, such as cauterization, to keep them healthy and protected.

See more tips before going out from your home

Leaving home: Tips to straighten hair

Your hair is already clean and dry, but is having a look through “messy”. You do not need watering and pass a combing cream, at the risk of wetting your clothes and to catch a cold. To avoid this, just moisten the hair and use a cream or mousse curl activator and mash the hair from the bottom up.

Try to avoid tying your hair with rubber bands too tight or too thin, as they coiled hair curls and end up crashing your hair.

Going in sun or on beach always use a cap or hat it protects your hair and will not allow them to dry more.

HEALTHY CAKE WITH PINEAPPLE AND STRAWBERRY CREAM

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Finally I have some time to write down this recipe for an amazing home made cake. For quite some time we’ve been preparing this cake with sugar, fat. Until my mom said that she wants Fit and Sweet cake. The healthy cake was amazing.

PREPARATION TIME:

2-3 hours

NUTRITION VALUE (12 pieces):

225 calories/piece(7.8g fat, 7.3g protein, 30g carbs)

INGREDIENTS FOR THE DOUGH

  • 6eggs
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp sweetener of your choice
  • 200g spelt flour
  • 1 baking powder (7g)

PREPARATION OF A CAKE

  1. Put egg whites and sweetener in one bowl, egg yolks in another and flour + baking powder in third.
  2. Mix egg yolks with electric mixer, slowly adding water and flour mixture.
  3. Than mix egg whites into a snow and mix them with a spoon in a egg yolk mixture.
  4. Pour a mixture into round baking tray covered with parchment paper.
  5. Bake 40-60 minutes on 170 Celsius (when it starts getting brown means it’s done).
  6. When the cake is cooled down cut it into 3-4 pieces.

STRAWBERRY FILLING

  • 1 packer whipped cream (25g)
  • 125 ml low fat milk
  • 500g frozen or can strawberries
  • 1 tbsp sweetener of your choice
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch (30g)

PREPARATION OF THE FILLING

  1. Unfroze strawberries (safe the liquid) and mix them to get lump free texture.
  2. Take liquid and add water if needed to get 125ml.
  3. Take 6 tbsp out of 125ml liquid and mix them with sweetener and cornstarch to get a creamy, lump free liquid.
  4. Bring to boil the rest of the liquid, than put away from the fire, mix in cornstarch mixture and put it back to a fire (small one) while mixing all the time for another 2-3minutes.
  5. Add strawberries and cook for another 10 minutes (on low heat) always mixing with a spoon.
  6. When cream is cooled down add it to whipped cream you made (by instructions).

PINEAPPLE FILLING

  • 1 packer whipped cream (25g)
  • 125 ml low fat milk
  • 500g frozen or can pineapple
  • 1 tbsp sweetener of your choice
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch (30g)

Preparation is the same as with strawberries.

TOPPING

  • 50g dark chocolate Cavalier (sweetened with Stevia)
  • 15g coconut oil
  • 100g low sugar apricot jam

PREPARATION OF THE CAKE

  1. When creams are cooled down you can start making a cake.
  2. Put one layer of cake on a round glass basis. If the cake is dry than try to put some liquid (milk) on it to make it more wet.
  3. Now add ¾ of strawberry filling and flatten it with spoon.
  4. Add another biscuit layer and do the same with pineapple cream.
  5. Cover with another layer and put all leftover cream on it.
  6. Make sure to be careful that cake is the same height on all places.
  7. Heat up apricot jam and put it over the cake.
  8. When it’s cooled down cover it with chocolate (mix butter and chocolate and heat it up to get a runny texture).
  9. Wait for the chocolate to harden and leave decoration to your imagination.

 

CHERRY CHEESECAKE PIE

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We got some fresh cherries and of course I had to make some dessert with it. Because it’s really hot outsides I’ve decided for something light and refreshing. This cheesecake is amazing and so easy to make.

PREPARATION TIME: 15 minute

DOUGH

100g spelt flour

100g almond flour

2 tsp sweetener (I use Stevia)

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 tbsp rum

25g coconut oil

1 tsp cinnamon

50-60ml water

pinch of salt

1. With a spoon mix all dry ingredients together, than add slowly (except water) and mix again.

2. Slowly start adding water and kneading in between (make sure to not add to much water; if you do add some more flour)

3. Roll up the dough (3-4mm thick) in rectangular shape and put it in a rectangular baking tray (mine is around 3’0x20cm). Make sure there is enough dough to cover the sides too (around 1cm high).

CHEESECAKE FILLING

250g light cottage cheese

350g low fat Greek yogurt

1 tsp vanilla pudding powder (not really necessary but will give thicker texture)

2 tsp sweetener (I use Stevia)

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 egg

1. Mix all the ingredients with a blender.

2. Pour mixture on a dough that is in baking tray

3. Bake 50 minutes on 180 Celsius and another 10-20 minutes on 200 Celsius (to get a light brown color).

CHERRY TOPPING

500g fresh cherries

15g cornstarch

1 tbsp (not full) of sweetener (i use Stevia)

100ml water

juice of ½ lemon

1 tsp vanilla essence

1. Mix all the ingredients.

2. Cook mixture on a small fire to boil and than just pour it over cold cheesecake. Put in a fridge for a few hours to cool down and that’s it.

FERRERO ROCHER AT HOME

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Another famous chocolate balls make in a healthy, guilt free way. And so delicious I’m already thinking when will i make them again. Hope you will like them. Enjoy and don’t eat them all at once.. well, at least try not to 😉

PREPARATION TIME : 10min

NUTRITION VALUE : around 78kcal/ball (5.5g fats, 2.5g proteins, 5g carbs)

INGREDIENTS (for about 16 medium size balls))

100g finely ground hazelnuts

80g oats (blend into flour)

15g coconut oil

100g low fat Greek yogurt

2 tsp sweetener of your choice (I use Stevia 1:10 strong)

10g raw cacao

16 whole hazelnuts (peeled, roasted)

*water (add slowly, spoon by spoon)

*1/2 tsp coarsely ground hazelnuts (you can just cut hazelnuts to a bit bigger pieces with a knife; it doesn’t matter if they are different size)

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PREPARATION

In a blender  mix finely ground hazelnuts so they release some oil. Add oats, sweetener and cacao and mix again.

Than add oil and yogurt and mix with a spoon. Slowly start adding water so the ingredients start to stick together .

With your hands ( you can wet them a little so the mixture won’t stick to them) shape balls, insert hazelnut in it and roll it in a coarsely ground hazelnuts.

Put balls in a fridge and let it cool a bit.

No bake cake with blueberries and coconut

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I’ve been thinking about making a no-bake cake for a long time now. I’ve tried eating some already but they were all really hard for my tummy because they usually make them out of nuts and full fat creams. They were delicious but you can only eat one piece instead of the whole cake.

So I decided to make my own no-bake cake which will be light and healthy.

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INGREDIENTS FOR THE DOUGH

  • 20g shredded coconut
  • 20g raw cacao
  • 40g coconut oil
  • 7 graham crackers

PREPARATION OF THE DOUGH

  1.  Crumble graham cracker than mix them with cacao and coconut.
  2.  Pour the oil in the mixture and mix again.
  3.  Press the mixture on a bottom of a round baking tray – make sure to put parchment paper underneath (i hade size 18 cm)

INGREDIENTS FOR THE MIDDLE LAYER

  • 500g low fat Greek yoghurt
  • 200ml light coconut milk (put it into a fridge overnight, than take the cream part and drink the water)
  • 1 tsp vanilla or white chocolate essence
  • 1 tbsp sweetener Sugar Sweet 1:10 (Stevia + Erytrol)
  • 3g agar agar + 100 ml water

PREPARATION OF THE MIDDLE LAYER

  1. Mix yoghurt, coconut milk cream, essence and sweetener in one bowl.
  2. Mix agar agar and water in another bowl and bring it to boil for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Pour agar agar mixture in a yoghurt mixture and mix.
  4. Pour the mixture on a dough layer and put in in a fridge to harden.

INGREDIENTS FOR THE BLUEBERRIES LAYER

  • 100g blueberries + 100ml of water or blueberry juice (you can use frozen too)
  • 3g agar agar + 100 ml water
  • 1 tbsp sweetener Sugar Sweet 1:10 (Stevia + Erytrol)

PREPARATION OF THE BLUEBERRIES LAYER

  1. Mix blueberries and water in a blender.
  2. Mix agar agar and water in another bowl and bring it to boil for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Pour blueberries mixture into agar agar in cook for another two minutes.
  4. Pour the mixture on a yoghurt layer and put in in a fridge to harden.

Coconut Flour Pancakes Recipe

These light and fluffy coconut flour pancakes will be your new go-to recipe for Saturday mornings!

When it comes to making coconut flour pancakes, there needs to be a fine balance struck so that the finished product is neither too dry nor too soggy, and of course flatness can be a major obstacle to overcome.

I’m a real perfectionist when it comes to the small things in the kitchen, and in my quest to discover the perfect recipe for light and fluffy coconut flour pancakes, this is the recipe I finally decided to settle on.

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Before starting, please make sure you don’t mix your pancake batter too thoroughly. An overly mixed batter can often result in flatter, rather listless pancakes, so a good rule of thumb is to not worry about leaving lumps in the mix. In fact, lumps are a good thing!

Another thing to remember is that you won’t be able to see bubbles forming as much as you would with plain old wheat flour, so I’d suggest using a fork or spatula to gently lift your pancakes before flipping, just to make sure the underside is nicely browned.

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Serves:8 pancakes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Prep Time:10 minutes

Coconut Flour Pancakes Recipe

These light and fluffy pancakes are simple and sweet!
Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/8 t baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 – 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp organic, cold-pressed coconut oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-2 T honey
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • Maple syrup to taste
  • Grass-fed butter for cooking
Instructions

  • Thoroughly mix the eggs, coconut oil, and honey together.
  • Add the coconut milk and vanilla extract.
  • Throw in the coconut flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix, but remember, not too much!
  • Melt a dab of butter in your skillet and then using a measuring cup, add a little batter to the pan. I recommend figuring out how many pancakes you’d like to make beforehand so that you can use an appropriately sized cup or ladle.
  • Remember that you aren’t likely to see many bubbles forming on the top, so carefully check the underside of your pancake before flipping. Extra kudos points for those of you who can flip without a spatula!
  • For best results, serve your pancakes right away.
  • Drown those bad boys in maple syrup, grab your fork, and have at ‘em!

Pro Tip: The lecithin contained within the egg yolks is what lends itself to the firmness and fullness of the pancakes, so if you’re not happy with the overall consistency then I would recommend adjusting the egg quantity before anything else. An alternative fix is to simply add another spoonful of coconut flour, but I think that an extra egg will be the most common solution.

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Coconut Flour Banana Bread

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Want a super easy treat that uses up those ripening bananas on your counter? Try this recipe for Paleo Banana Bread. It bakes up soft, moist, fluffy, and sweet!

Have a bunch of bananas sitting on your counter that are past the stage when they are good for eating? Sure, you could put them in a smoothie, but why not whip up a loaf of this easy banana bread?

When I was a kid, I didn’t really like bananas. But my mom’s banana bread ? That was heaven. It was moist and delicious; perfect spread with a thick layer of butter. She loved to make it when our friends came over or when we had brunch guests.

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This loaf is nut-free, grain-free, and contains no refined sugar. Eggs contribute a sizable amount of nutrients and protein. As an added bonus, coconut flour is full of fiber and is low in carbohydrates.

But making this banana bread in a healthy way doesn’t make it any less easy to make. Just mash some bananas, mix in some eggs and few more ingredients, and bake!

It takes just a few minutes to prep the batter for the oven. Set the timer, walk away, and when the timer beeps, you’ll have a beautiful loaf of banana bread.

So beautiful, in fact, that this bread would make the perfect gift or contribution to a potluck or party. Or you can make it for an after-school snack for the kids.

Even non-Paleo eaters won’t guess that this soft, fluffy, sweet bread is free of  grains. Serve with some soft butter or some fruit-sweetened jam for an extra-yummy snack.

The leftovers are wonderful chilled or made into a Paleo version of french toast.

So use up those ripe bananas and make a loaf of Paleo banana bread – you’ll be glad you did!

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Coconut Flour Banana Bread

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf (8-10 slices)

Ingredients:

  • 3 bananas
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 3 T arrowroot starch
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt

How To Make It

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Grease a 7.5” by 3.5” loaf pan with a bit of coconut oil.

3. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas and mix in the eggs, honey, and coconut oil.

4. Add the coconut flour, arrowroot, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt, and mix well.

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5. Transfer to prepared loaf pan.

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6. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the loaf comes out clean.

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7. Let cool a bit, then remove from pan. Either let cool all the way and serve room temperature or chilled, or slice and serve warm.

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Raw Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies With No Dairy and No Baking

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When it comes to cheesecake, what’s not to love? It’s creamy, sweet, goes great with a cup of coffee, and adapts to every flavor or topping you fancy.

While most cheesecake recipes are filled with refined sugar, low-quality dairy, and grains, making your own Paleo cheesecake is easy!

However, sometimes you just don’t want to make a whole cake. Luckily, these Paleo cheesecake cookies taste like a mini slice of the dessert and keep quite well in the freezer. It’s easy to grab just one when you’re craving something sweet—no need to cut into an entire cake.

The coconut-macadamia filling is naturally sweetened with dates and makes the creamy, rich center. You can substitute cashews for the macadamia nuts; both have great health benefits. The texture of the crust is mimicked by a date-coconut mixture pressed into the filling. All this deliciousness is enrobed in high-quality dark chocolate.

While this recipe is definitely considered a treat, it is much more nutritious than a traditional cheesecake. Each component is packed with healthy fats from coconut, dark chocolate, and macadamias. In addition to being high in anti-inflammatory monounsaturated fat, macadamia nuts are rich in iron and protein. This recipe is ideal for boosting brain health and aiding with weight loss. There’s also no dairy or eggs involved with the recipe, so those who are sensitive to those foods can enjoy worry-free.

So the next time you have a hankering for cheesecake, make these cookies! You’ll love them, and the recipe makes a large batch so you will have enough to share with friends and family.

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No-Bake Cheesecake Cookies

Serves: 24

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: None

Ingredients

  • ½ + 1/4 cup pitted dates, divided
  • ½ cup of water
  • ½ cup raw macadamia nuts, soaked overnight and drained
  • ⅓ cup plus 3 tablespoons softened coconut oil , divided
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon softened coconut butter, divided
  • 1 cup thick, canned, full-fat coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • Pinch salt
  • ⅓ cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1½ cups chopped dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, add dates and water. Heat for 10 minutes. Cool and drain. Place ⅔ of the dates in a food processor
  2. Add the macadamia nuts, ⅓ cup coconut oil, ½ cup coconut butter, coconut milk, lemon juice, and salt. Process until extremely smooth.
  3. Add the coconut flour and process until smooth.
  4. Transfer to a separate container and pop in the freezer to firm up while you prepare the other ingredients.
  5. In the food processor, combine the coconut flakes, the remaining ⅓ of the dates, and 1 tablespoon coconut butter. Process until mixed and a bit sticky.
  6. When the date and coconut milk mixture in the freezer has firmed up a little, use a cookie scooper to drop heaping tablespoons of it onto a baking sheet.
  7. Make little balls from the heaping teaspoons of the coconut flake and date mixture and carefully press into the tops of the cheesecake filling balls on the baking sheet. Freeze until firm.
  8. Heat the chocolate with 3 tablespoons coconut oil until just melted but not hot.
  9. Coat the cheesecake cookies in chocolate; freeze until set.
  10. Store cookies in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

 

20 Ancient Herbal Treatments For Migraines, Stress and Inflammation Your Doctor Never Told You About

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If you’re one of the millions of Americans or anywhere who suffers from migraines, you know they’re much more than just a headache. The intense throbbing, pulsing, and excruciating pain that accompanies a migraine can be so debilitating that the Migraine Research Foundation (MRF) reports that more than 90 percent of sufferers are unable to work or function normally during an attack. Most people who suffer migraines opt for traditional medications. But many are turning to more natural therapies such as relaxation techniques and herbal remedies.

Cultures worldwide developed herbal remedies for headaches and other common migraine symptoms years before the introduction of modern medicine. Many of these herbal traditions have survived. Although most herbal migraine remedies haven’t been thoroughly scientifically tested for their effectiveness, many herbs are rapidly gaining the support of the modern medical community.

Always exercise caution when considering herbal treatments for migraines. Discuss your decision with a healthcare professional before beginning or stopping any medical or herbal treatment.

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)

First used in ancient Greece in as early as the fifth century B.C., feverfew (or “featherfew”) has been used to treat a wide variety of ailments. These include fever, swelling, and inflammation. People commonly took the herb to relieve aches and pains such as headaches in the first century.

The plant is native to the Balkan Mountains but can now be found nearly worldwide. Eastern European cultures traditionally used feverfew for headaches, insect bites, and other pain. More modern uses have extended to the treatment of:

migraines
dizziness
inflammation
breathing problems

Feverfew is usually prepared by drying leaves, flowers, and stems. This combination is also used to make supplements and extracts. Some cultures eat the leaves raw.

A very small 2011 study published in the Pharmacognosy Review found that feverfew can help prevent and treat migraines. It found that people who took the herb for up to six months experienced fewer headaches. Their headaches tripled once they started taking the placebo instead. However, a Cochrane review of five larger, more robust trials showed little to no benefit for the majority of migraine sufferers.

Feverfew may cause minor side effects such as bloating, canker sores, and nausea. You may experience moderate side effects when discontinuing use. These can include difficulty sleeping, increased headaches, and joint pain. Pregnant women, those taking blood thinning medications, and those with allergies to members of the daisy family should avoid the use of feverfew altogether.

Butterbur (Petasites hybridus)

Butterbur is found in wet, marshy areas of Europe, Asia, and North America. It has been used throughout history for a wide variety of purposes. People once used the leaves of the plant to wrap and preserve butter during warm weather, which is where butterbur got its name. The Greek physician Dioscurides originally used the plant as a skin ulcer remedy. Since then, it’s been used to treat:

  • headaches
  • asthma
  • allergies
  • cough
  • fever
  • gastrointestinal problems
  • general pain

Most butterbur herbal remedies use its purified root extract Petasites in pill form for the treatment of headaches and migraines. A 2004 study published in Neurology has confirmed conclusions from older studies that Petasites (50 to 75 mg twice daily) is effective for migraine prevention.

Peppermint (Mentha x balsamea)

A cross of spearmint and water mint, peppermint grows throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Peppermint leaves and their essential oils are used for both medicinal and culinary purposes. In addition to a headache treatment, it‘s also used to relieve:

  • spasms
  • toothaches
  • gastrointestinal problems
  • nausea

Peppermint oil and its active ingredient, menthol, are available in liquid capsule form. Tea versions are also available for easy brewing. A 2010 study published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice found that menthol was effective at stopping migraine pain and easing nausea when applied to the forehead and temples in a 10 percent solution.

Research is limited on its clinical effectiveness, but topical peppermint oil may be a good herbal option for the relief of migraine pain.

Willow (Salix spp.)

Willow bark extract (WBE) was used in the development of aspirin, a well-known over-the-counter pain reliever, fever reducer, and anti-inflammatory drug. WBE studies show effectiveness independent of salicin content (an anti-inflammatory ingredient of willow bark extract). Willow is a tree found in Europe, Asia, and North America. It has been used since the time of Hippocrates (400 B.C.), when people would chew the bark for its anti-inflammatory and fever-relieving effects. Willow was later used in China and Europe for headaches, osteoarthritis, tendonitis, and lower back pain.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Ginger is a tropical Asian plant. It has been used in herbal medicines in China for over 2,000 years. It has also been popular in Indian and Arabic medicines since ancient times. Ginger has traditionally been used as a spice and as a remedy for:

  • headaches
  • stomach pain
  • nausea
  • arthritis
  • cold and flu symptoms
  • neurological problems

Ginger has been well-documented as anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial. In addition, a 2014 study published in the Journal of Phytotherapy Research showed that ginger powder benefits were comparable to sumatriptan, a common migraine prescription, but with fewer side effects. Most people can tolerate fresh or dried ginger root, supplements, or extract. Be careful not to combine ginger supplements with blood thinners because of potential drug interactions.

Caffeine (Coffea arabica) and Black or Green Tea

Caffeinated teas became common in China during the Ming Dynasty. They exploded in popularity in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries. Green tea was used in combination with other herbs for migraine pain in traditional Chinese medicine. Coffee initially gained recognition in Arabia. Yerba mate, a less widely known caffeinated tea, originated in South America.

People in many cultures primarily consumed caffeine to help treat:

  • headaches
  • high blood pressure
  • stomach problems
  • sexually transmitted diseases
  • cancer
  • circulatory problems
  • inflammation
  • skin damage
  • kidney disease

Caffeine is also found in many over-the-counter pain relievers today.

Although caffeine is frequently studied in combination with other pain relievers, it’s considered a useful and safe additive in pills for many migraine sufferers. The Journal of Headache and Pain found in a 2012 study that a combination of 1,000 mg of paracetamol and 130 mg of caffeine is particularly helpful. However, caffeine withdrawal and caffeine intake can also be triggers for headaches and migraines.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

Valerian is native to Europe and Asia. It’s now also commonly found in North America. Use of valerian traces back to ancient Greece and Rome from the time of Hippocrates. It was recognized as a remedy for insomnia a few centuries later. Valerian was known as “all-heal” in the 1500s, as it was used to treat a multitude of ailments. These included:

  • headaches
  • heart palpitations
  • tremors
  • anxiety

Valerian is usually taken as a supplement, tea, or tincture made from the dried roots. Liquid extract is also available in capsule form.

It’s sometimes used in the modern treatment of headaches, but valerian hasn’t been researched enough to determine its usefulness in the treatment of migraine pain.

Coriander Seed (Coriandrum sativum)

For over 7,000 years, people across cultures have utilized coriander seed’s healing and seasoning properties. Coriander was lauded for its ability to successfully treat ailments that ranged from allergies to diabetes to migraines. Traditional Aryuvedic medicine used coriander to relieve sinus pressure and headaches by pouring hot water over the fresh seeds and inhaling the steam.

Research on the seed’s medicinal effects is generally focused on its potential to treat arthritis and diabetes. More studies need to be conducted to better determine if it’s useful as a remedy for migraine pain. However, coriander seed’s anti-inflammatory potential may prove beneficial for some migraines. Coriander seeds can be chewed and used in food or teas. Oral extracts are also available.

Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis)

Hailing from the same family as carrots, parsley, and celery, Dong quai root has been used as a spice, tonic, or medicinal cream for more than 1,000 years. This is especially the case in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean medicinal practices. Modern uses often mix it with other herbs to treat:

  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • inflammation
  • nerve pain

Despite these properties, the root hasn’t been studied deeply enough to recommend it as an effective treatment for migraine pain.

Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)

Known for its sweet smell, lavender oil (made from the flowers of the lavender plant) is highly fragrant and has long been used to perfume hygiene products. Lavender is indigenous to the mountainous regions surrounding the Mediterranean. It’s now widely grown throughout Europe, Australia, and North America.

Lavender oil was used in ancient Egypt during the mummification process. Because of its antimicrobial properties and clean scent, it was later added to baths in Rome, Greece, and Persia. The aromatic flowers and their oil were used to treat everything from headaches and insomnia to mental health complaints such as stress and fatigue. Many of these historical uses remain popular today.

A 2012 study published in the European Journal of Neurology found that inhaling lavender oil during a migraine may help calm or conquer some symptoms more quickly. Breathe in the oil or apply a diluted solution to the temples. If insufficiently diluted, the oil could irritate the skin at the application site. Lavender oil can be toxic when taken orally at certain doses

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean region. It has long been used as a culinary seasoning and medicinal herb. Uses include the treatment of:

  • muscle and joint pain
  • memory problems
  • concentration difficulties
  • nervous disorders
  • circulatory problems
  • liver ailments
  • migraines

Rosemary oil can be diluted and applied topically or inhaled for aromatherapeutic purposes. The plant’s leaves can be dried and ground for use in capsules. It can also be used in teas, tinctures, and liquid extracts. Rosemary is believed to have antimicrobial, antispasmodic, and antioxidant effects. Still, its ability to reduce migraine pain hasn’t been well studied.

Lime Tree, Linden (Tilia spp.)

Linden, also known as lime tree or Tilia, is a tree whose blossoms were used in medicinal teas in both European and Native American cultures. The plant has been used to calm nerves and ease anxiety, tension, and inflammatory problems, among other issues. The blossoms can also be used in tinctures, liquid extracts, and capsules.

Linden has been indicated to have sweat-inducing and sedative properties. It has been used to relieve tension and sinus headaches, calming the mind and inducing sleep. The flowers have also been used to relieve nasal congestion and lower high blood pressure.

This tea is sometimes used in modern alternative medicine for the treatment of headaches and migraines. There currently isn’t enough research on the effect of linden tea on migraines to recommend it as an effective natural remedy.

Raw Potato Cuttings

The potato has been used in European folk medicine for over 200 years. Country folk medicine has anecdotally supported the use of thick slices of raw potato in calming migraine pain. Traditionally, the slices are cloaked in a thin cloth and wrapped around the head or rubbed directly on the temples to ease tension and pain. There is no current scientific research suggesting that raw potato cuttings can effectively treat migraines when applied topically.

Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)

Native to Europe, horseradish has been used in medicinal folk remedies as an oil extract or in dried or fresh root form. It has historically been used to treat:

  • bladder infections
  • kidney disease
  • respiratory problems
  • joint pain
  • arthritis
  • muscle strains

Its ability to narrow blood vessels may aid in treating migraines, but no clinical trials support the use of horseradish for migraines.

Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

Native to Asia, the Japanese honeysuckle started taking root in North America in the 1800s. It’s been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat:

  • wounds
  • fever
  • colds and viruses
  • inflammation
  • sores
  • infections

Among honeysuckle’s anti-cancer and antimicrobial powers, research has also identified anti-inflammatory properties in the plant’s leaves, stems, and flowers that can provide pain relief similar to that of aspirin. They may also be effective against migraine pain.

Mullein (Verbascum)

Since ancient times, people in Europe and Asia have been using mullein for medicinal and other practical purposes, from treating inflammatory conditions to spasms, diarrhea, and migraines. The leaves and flowers can be used for extracts, capsules, poultices, and dried preparations. Tinctures of the plant are used in modern homeopathic therapies for migraine treatment. Mullein has been shown to have diuretic properties.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Believed to be named after Achilles, the Greek mythical hero, yarrow has historically been used to heal wounds and slow blood loss. Other folk remedies encourage the use of yarrow to treat inflammatory conditions, muscle spasms, and anxiety or insomnia. More recent folk remedies have used yarrow to relieve colds, flus, coughs, and diarrhea.

Yarrow has also been shown to have pain-relieving, anti-anxiety, and antimicrobial properties. Although more research is needed, the plant contains anti-inflammatory properties that may provide relief to migraine sufferers. Yarrow can be used in a wide variety of forms, including capsules and tinctures.

Teaberry (Gaultheria procumbens)

Teaberry, popularly known as wintergreen, is native to eastern North America. This edible plant, made famous by Teaberry gum, has long held a place in folk medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used to make teas, tinctures, and oil extracts.

Teaberry also has been used historically as an astringent and as a stimulant to fight fatigue. Most important for migraine sufferers is teaberry’s potential to treat neuralgias and headaches as well as stomach pain and vomiting.

Common Hops (Humulus lupulus)

Hops are native to Europe and western Asia and can now be found throughout North America. Once used as a food in ancient Roman culture, this flavorful plant also has significant medicinal properties. Hops have historically been used to treat:

  • sleep problems
  • inflammation
  • infections
  • neuralgia (pain from nerve damage)
  • fever
  • cramps
  • spasms
  • anxiety

Modern medicine acknowledges the sedative effect of hops, but hasn’t thoroughly studied it for its impact on migraine pain.

Betony (Stachys officinalis)

Known as chickweed, this perennial herb can be found throughout Europe and Asia. It’s been used as a medicinal plant since classical times. The plant has traditionally been used to relieve headaches and facial swelling and pain. The leaves can be used as a juice, poultice, or ointment.

The mildly sedative properties of the plant are used to treat headache and migraine pain, menstrual cramps, and stress and tension. It may help alleviate sinus headaches and congestion when it’s used in combination with lime flowers and comfrey.

However, there have been no human clinical trials performed to demonstrate the plant’s effectiveness against migraine pain.

Betony can have a tonic effect on the body. It’s important to avoid the herb if pregnant.

Evodia (Evodia rutaecarpa)

The deciduous tree is a native to China and has been used in Chinese medicine since the first century A.D. Evodia has traditionally been used to treat abdominal pain, headaches, diarrhea, and vomiting. The fruits of the tree may also reduce blood pressure.

The anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing properties of the fruit may help ease migraine pain.

Warning: Take Caution with Herbal Migraine Treatments

Although many herbal remedies can be safe when used correctly, they may also have side effects, just like any prescription medication. Some herbs can interact with other medicines, such as oral contraceptives or heart medications. They can be dangerous or even deadly when misused. Some herbs have little research to back claims, to verify toxicity levels, or identify potential side effects.

Making Sense of Migraine Treatments

In addition to herbal treatments, significant research shows that diet can play a major role in migraine frequency, duration, and intensity. Low-fat diets, eliminating or limiting foods that show IgG antibody production, improving gut flora content, and eating consistently to minimize low blood sugar are potential preventive measures and treatments for migraines.

Just like medications, herbs can have significant side effects on the body. Some can interact with other medicines, and can be dangerous or even deadly when misused. Discuss all treatment options with your doctor before use.

Consider tracking your triggers, symptoms, pain intensity and duration, and other related factors (such as the weather, menstrual cycle, and your activities) in a migraine journal or migraine app. Whether you choose pharmaceutical treatments, natural remedies, or a combination, having a thorough record of your experiences will help you and your doctor narrow down the best treatment options.