Natural remedies are everywhere, and for almost everything. But some of the best may be hiding in your spice cabinet. Basil is great for migraine relief – or so it is claimed. Holy Basil and regular ol’ basil are found in numerous studies and online blogs in glowing reviews. But do they really work? And what exactly do they do? If you’re like me and you’re not fond of a basil scent, you want to know if the scent is worth tolerating for relief.


Holy basil and basil can be found in oils, teas, bath soaks, and kitchen basil can be found in powdered, chopped, and whole, dried form. You can also buy fresh basil in your grocery store or local farmer’s market (or you could just grow it). Either type of basil is easy to find, so there isn’t any issue with locating it. According to, Holy basil and kitchen basil combat migraines by reducing the amount of cortisol (stress hormones) in the bloodstream. It is also an adaptogenic herb which helps restore balance and energy in the human body. Adaptogenic herbs have long been used in combatting stress-related health problems, and now headaches and migraines have been added to the list of medical conditions that benefit from the natural relief.

Many headaches and migraines are caused by stress, so a reduction in cortisol can help eliminate (or at least ease) these headaches. But, what else can it do? Is this simply for headache relief, or can it help with other issues than are often found with migraines? Not really. A side effect of too much Holy Basil is nausea – which is something that commonly occurs with a migraine. If your migraines and nausea typically go hand-in-hand, this may not be the remedy for you. If not, give it a go for pain relief. Neither Holy Basil nor kitchen basil have any proven effect on vision auras.


If you can tolerate Holy basil or kitchen basil, it is worth using when you are in the midst of a headache. For other migraine issues, you can use other natural remedies with Holy Basil or kitchen basil. Peppermint, for instance, is great for nausea – as is ginger in its many available forms. “Tummy Tea”, which is meant to help combat nausea and digestive issues, usually has these two as ingredients for that very reason. For auras, you can swish ice-cold water over your teeth to help find relief. This seem odd, but many claim that it works. The best thing about natural remedies is that they can all be used together, without fear of any nasty interactions or reactions.