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Herbal remedies for headaches, memory and sleep-aids

Before you pick up the Advil to cure your headache, consider using a herbal remedy first. They can often help to cure the underlying imbalance in your body that is causing the problem.

Here is a selection of herbs that can help with headaches, your memory, and even act as an aphrodisiac! Each one comes with a brief description - click on 'More..' for more information about the medical uses, other uses and dosage.

Ashwagandha

These days Ashwagandha is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine and herbology, with its use concentrated in the Asian nations where it grows. It is used as a memory booster.
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Chamomile

Chamomile is one of the safest and most popular herbs around. As one of the world’s favorite teas, its soothing aroma can be found in restaurants, supermarkets and many homes.

Chamomile has a variety of effects on the human body, but generally it is used as a calming or soothing agent. Chamomile can have a relaxing effect on the mind, as a handy natural sleep aid.
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Damiana

Damiana has a long history of use as an aphrodisiac, with the first users widely thought to have been the Aztecs and Mayans in Central America. It has actually been used for a variety of sexual-related conditions, from menopause to male infertility.
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Dong Quai

Dong Quai is another star of Chinese traditional medicine. True to the principles of Oriental herbology, it has a balancing effect on the entire body and is more of a holistic remedy for the female body than a specific cure.
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Feverfew

Feverfew is one of the most popular herbs on the market right now, thanks to its remarkable properties in soothing headaches and migraines. As its name suggests, it was first used in traditional herbal remedies as a cure for various non-specific fevers, before finding a place in modern herbology from around the 1970s.
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Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo is used primarily as an aid for memory and mental clarity, but is also effective for vertigo and tinnitus. Some find that it delays the effects of aging, improves mood and lifts energy levels. It is commonly taken by elderly people in China.
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Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola has been used for thousands of years in Oriental medicine and features in many local legends and folklore. A Sri Lankan King named Aruna, living some time around 900 AD, reputedly used Gotu Kola as an aphrodisiac to keep his 50 wives happy.
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Green Tea

Traditionally, green tea has been used to treat everything from headaches to depression. More recent studies have found it to be helpful in conditions like cancer, arthritis, high cholesterol and heart disease.
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Kava Kava

Kava Kava has been an important part of various ceremonies and rituals amongst the South Pacific cultures for thousands of years, and has both a cultural and recreational significance there. Medicinally, it is used to promote relaxation, reduce stress and increase mental activity. It is also used by mothers to calm difficult children and put babies to sleep.
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