While some headaches are more severe and bring other unpleasant and exhausting symptoms, no headache is pleasant. It is important to understand that headaches and migraines are not the same things, and it is important to differentiate between a migraine headache and a typical headache. While a typical headache usually lasts between half an hour to several hours, a migraine ‘episode’ sometimes lasts for several days. While it is necessary to check with your doctor to ascertain the cause, the one thing you could do for some relief is to make a soothing cup/pot of tea. Tea has hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties that come from catechins –antioxidants. All types of tea contain compounds such as theobromine and theophylline, which help to relax the muscles and have a soothing effect, proving to be helpful to alleviate headaches. We bring you a list of the top 5 teas to help relieve some of the pressure caused by headaches and migraines:
Ginger is one of the most commonly used spices – with good reason. Ginger has a truckload of health benefits, and consuming ginger tea is a delicious way to gain all of the benefits. Ginger tea contains powerful antioxidants that alleviate inflammation that leads to headaches. Gingerol – the main compound of ginger, reduces toxins and free radicals in the body - usually the cause of recurrent and persistent headaches. Drinking ginger tea made from ginger powder is reported to be as effective in treating migraines as a common migraine medicine. Ginger tea opens up the blood vessels, which boosts blood circulation, thereby steadily reducing the effects of a headache. This tea is not just a pain reliever, but its many properties work wonders for the overall health, especially relief from flu, colds, coughs, and sore throats. With winter around the corner – stocking up on ginger root or ginger powder is a good idea!
Chamomile Tea is a natural relaxant, sleep aid, and muscle soother. Tension headaches are quickly relieved by drinking this tea. Similarly, headaches caused by colds, infections, allergies, or sinuses are also soothed by Chamomile Tea. It also helps to boost the immune system, which raises the ability of the body to fight infections, resulting in fewer illnesses. Additionally, the soothing effect of Chamomile Tea helps treat insomnia and anxiety – two major causes of headaches.
Peppermint has an aroma that is both soothing and invigorating! Drinking Peppermint Tea helps soothe migraines, relieve tension headaches, and helps to relax the muscles. Peppermint is known to possess antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, which help to reduce pain and provide a calming effect.
Green Tea contains huge amounts of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) - anti-inflammatory catechin, making it one of the healthiest options to deal with headaches and migraines. Green tea has been one of the preferred options to improve alertness and relieve headaches.
Clove is ‘famous’ for its pain-fighting properties. Clove Tea is immensely beneficial in relieving migraines since it improves the circulation of blood.
Tea contains caffeine naturally and hence before including anything in one’s diet, it is important to check with the doctor. While caffeine can improve alertness, excess of it can bring on headaches too. It helps to drink the mentioned herbal teas/tisanes since they would boost immunity and help with alleviating headaches and migraines, and have a host of other health benefits. Stay Well!
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