Headaches – we’ve all had one at one time or another. They can cause a lot of discomfort, so understanding how to ease that discomfort without pharmaceutical intervention can go far to helping you feel better fast.
One of the first things to do if you have a headache, is to drink fluids. Headaches often are as simple as dehydration. Sipping a hot mug of tea will not only re-hydrate you, it may also help to ease that headache.
There’s just something relaxing about a hot mug of tea, especially if you’re suffering from a headache. The act of heating the water and choosing your particular tea is in and of itself soothing. Sipping that mug of tea will go far to ease your suffering.
When you have a headache, you don’t always have to reach for the pain killer bottle. These teas will go far to helping ease your pain and discomfort and will have far fewer side effects than that bottle of pain killer pills.
There are many different kinds of headaches. There are tension headaches that may give you mild to moderate pain. These are often caused by stress or trying to get too much done at one time.
A tension headache is frequently the result of fatigue, stress, eye strain, overdoing it, etc. Here are some teas that are ideal for soothing a tension headache and helping you to feel better fast.
Steep ½ cup chamomile flowers in a mug of boiling water. Allow to steep for about 5 minutes and strain. Add honey to taste if desired and sip slowly.
You can purchase tea bags of chamomile or peppermint, or you can gather your own herbs and steep them in a tea infuser. Regardless of your choice, the soothing aroma of a warm mug of tea will go far in helping to ease your discomfort and pain.
There is a myriad of reasons that you may have a migraine. For some, it’s a hormonal imbalance, for others, it can be brought on by stress. Whatever the cause, a migraine can last from a few hours to several days. They can be mild to severe and be completely debilitating.
Migraine may or may not have an aura. Not everyone gets migraines, and some people can have more than one type when they’re suffering from a headache.
For some, certain scents or aromas can trigger a migraine. For others, it may be a flashing light. Understanding migraine triggers can go far in helping to reduce their occurrence.
Learning to sit back and relax with a mug of tea will go far in helping to reduce the incidence of migraines and may also lessen their severity. These teas will go far in helping to soothe the intense symptoms of a migraine and may save you several hours of discomfort if you’re able to begin sipping them soon enough.
Feverfew has long been used to treat migraines, especially if it’s begun at the first symptoms of a migraine. Feverfew treats many of the same symptoms in migraines including fever, swelling and inflammation.
To use, steep stems, flowers and leaves in a mug of boiling water for five minutes. Strain and enjoy. Add honey to taste if desired.
Caution: Don’t use Feverfew if you’re pregnant (it may cause you to go into labor). Also, it has been known to cause irritation in the mouth for some people.
Lemon water works wonders to help prevent and reduce migraines. You can add honey in the water and cayenne pepper as well and sip this as a tea. The capsaicin in the cayenne can help to send messages to the brain that reduce the intensity of the headache.
Purple Butterbur Tea
Purple Butterbur is an herb that is found in wet marshy grasslands. It was originally used to help preserve butter during hot weather. It can be found in health food stores.
You’ll want the root extract for making a tea to sip and help ease the symptoms. It is also available in pill form.
Mint comes in several varieties including spearmint, peppermint, and water mint. The leaves have many great properties and work well to steep in a mug of hot water as a tea. Mint helps to reduce spasms and the nausea that frequently accompanies a migraine.
Check out this simple mint tea recipe.
A cluster headache is characterized by an intense pain around the eye. Typically these come in waves. Ginger tea is an ideal remedy for these headaches.
Simply steep some grated ginger root into a mug, and add some boiling water. Allow to seep for several minutes and sip your tea.
Sinus headaches are actually a secondary condition. If you’re having pressure around your eyes or sinus areas, you may have a sinus infection that results in a sinus headache.
They can also be caused by allergies that cause inflammation in the nasal passage and consequently the sinus areas.
If you’re suffering from sinus headaches, you want a tea that is rich in properties that will help to ease inflammation. Try these teas for sinus headaches and remember, the steam in your mug of tea will also help to reduce the inflammation and open the nasal passages.
Ginger is not my cup of tea (pun intended!) because I don’t really like the taste, but who knows, maybe you’ll love it!
Clove tea (you can purchase whole cloves and grind them at home and steep d1 teaspoon of the ground cloves them in hot water using a tea infuser. Steep for approximately 10 minutes and enjoy). Cloves work to reduce pain and help to open up the sinus passages.
Willow Bark Tea
Willow Bark is the main ingredient in aspirin. The willow bark tree is found in North America, Europe, and Asia. As early as 400 BC it was discovered that chewing the bark of the tree could help to reduce and relive pain as well as inflammation. Many health food stores carry willow bark which can then be brewed into a tea.
Again, simply steep some shaved willow bark into a mug and add boiling water. Strain well and sip as desired for pain relief. Add honey and or lemon as desired to improve the taste. Keep in mind that if you’re allergic to aspirin you should not take willow bark in any form.
Valerian is a common plant found in North America tracing back to Rome and Greece in the era of Hippocrates. It not only treats insomnia, it can also help to ease the pain and inflammation of headaches. Sipped as a supplemental tea, it’s made from the dried root of the plant.
You can find valerian in your local health food store. Steep the dried root as you would other dried herbs, strain and sip slowly to ease the pain of your headache.
Almonds When you think of teas for headaches, almonds probably don’t come to mind, however, almonds are high in magnesium and magnesium is an ideal mineral to help stop a headache in its tracks.
Almonds are high in salicin which works very well to ease headaches. You can steep a handful of almonds in boiling water, strain and drink as a tea. You can also eat almonds as well to help ease a headache. Or, you can try this fancy recipe to give your almond tea a little more flavor.
There are many triggers for migraines and other types of headaches. Consider jouraling what you’ve eaten in the last 24 hours as well as any stressful situations that you may be going through to see if you can find a trigger for your headaches. Sometimes it’s as simple as a specific food or situation that you can learn to avoid to help ease your headaches.
Caffeine may be a trigger for some people. For some the use of a caffeinated tea may ease a headache while for others it may trigger a headache.
If you’re experiencing a headache you may wish to try a caffeinated tea such as Yerba Mate to see if it eases your symptoms. Keep in mind that the use of caffeine will vary from one person to the next and may also vary from one headache to the next.
Caution: If you have skin irritation or other sores you may wish to speak with your doctor prior to using cloves. They can slow the body’s ability to heal, especially if you’re already using blood thinners or if you’ve had recent surgical procedures.
If picking your own fresh herbs for tea, make sure to avoid roadways and other areas where there may be heavy traffic or other contaminants that may cause harm to your health.
Keep in mind that your body may build up a tolerance of some of the herbal teas if you are using them frequently. Vary the tea that you’re using to ensure that it will continue to work well for your headaches.
Always consult with your doctor or pharmacist to ensure that there will be no drug interactions if you’re on any prescription medications.
While herbal medications are safe when they’re used correctly, they can also have some potential side effects. In rare instances, misuse of herbs can cause serious illness… or worse. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist if you’re on any prescription medications before you try any herbal remedies.
Using herbal teas to ease headaches is an ideal all natural approach to your health. Different teas will work for different headaches.
You may have a favorite scent or flavor that helps to eases your headaches as well. Find your favorite flavor and focus on the process of brewing your tea as a part of your healing process.
Focusing on self-care by preparing a mug of hot tea for your headache can be an ideal remedy for your stress relief and for your pain relief. Remember to relax and make the tea brewing process part of a ritual and you’ll quickly find that you’re relaxing more. As you relax your pain will ease.