Headaches - The Ancient Greeks and Romans preferred peppermint tea, but other popular cures included infusions made from elderflowers, chamomile, rosemary, betony, lavender and lime flowers.

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Tea to Get Rid of Headaches

The Ancient Greeks and Romans preferred peppermint tea, but other popular cures included infusions made from elderflowers, chamomile, rosemary, betony, lavender and lime flowers.

Many of these herbal teas are still used to relieve headaches today. Herbs were also used externally - a fifteenth century recipe consisted of distilling a mixture of vervain, betony and wormwood and then washing the head in it twice a week.

Foodstuffs such as raw potato, cabbage and onion were also applied to the head, as were clove and lavender oil.

It was when it came to headache prevention, however, that things got rather weird! One English superstition from days of yore involved the careful disposal of any hair that had been shorn from the head, or had fallen out naturally.

If the aforementioned hair was thrown away in a careless manner it was feared that a bird would find the hair, fly off with it, and build a nest with it.

This, allegedly, lead to the head of the owner of the hair to ache all the time.

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