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What do you do when a headache strikes? Your first instinct will be to have a painkiller and kill the headache, isn’t it? But, instead of resorting to painkillers, you can use some teas for headache relief.
Headaches can be of various types: tension, cluster, sinus, migraine, hormone, caffeine, exertion, hypertension, rebound and post-traumatic headache.
There are various symptoms of headache: nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, sound and smell, and constipation.
Remedy in your kitchen !
There are remedies in your kitchen which are quick to prepare and can help you soothe and cure your headache.
1. Ginger tea
Ginger is a frequently used culinary spice found in every kitchen. It offers a wide range of health benefits and contains powerful antioxidants that help to reduce inflammation, which can cause headaches. According to a study, consuming ginger powder is as effective as taking a dose of sumatriptan which is a common medication for migraine.
2. Peppermint tea
According to National Institute of Health, topically applying peppermint oil to the forehead can relieve stress and help get rid of headaches. Peppermint tea can also have similar pain relieving benefits. It has a calming effect on the body which can bring relief from headache, anxiety as well as stomach related problems. It contains menthol and methyl salicylate. Both of these have antispasmodic effects.
To make peppermint tea, crush 7-10 peppermint leaves and put into a teacup. Add boiling water to it and steep it for around 10 minutes. Remove the leaves, add some honey and enjoy the hot soothing drink.
3. Feverfew tea
Steep some feverfew leaves in hot water to create your own herbal tea. Feverfew herb has a long history in medicinal use. Studies have also suggested the use of feverfew for migraine treatment. For an even better relief, you may also add almond milk and a spoonful of honey to the tea. Feverfew has anti-inflammatory properties which helps get rid of migraine.
4. Willow bark tea
Willow bark has been in use since ages for treating pain and inflammation. It is the bark of willow trees and contains an active ingredient called salicin. Salicin is similar to aspirin. Thus tea made from the willow bark is good for curing headaches.
5. Clove tea
Clove is a valuable spice grown around the world. Due to its antinociceptive properties, it is used for treating various types of pain including headaches. Antinociceptives help to block or reduce the perception of pain.
6. Chamomile tea
Commonly used to treat insomnia and anxiety, Chamomile tea’s relaxing effects may help healing headaches too.
7. Green tea
Green tea is rich in polyphenols, antioxidants and possesses analgesic properties. These antioxidants help in getting rid of inflammation and the caffeine present in green tea causes constriction of blood vessels thereby lowering headache. You can also brew the green tea with honey and drink it warm.
8. Cinnamon tea
Cinnamon tea has the ability to ease muscle tension and provide relief from headaches because of its warming properties. It is rich in manganese, fibre, iron and calcium which help in curing headaches. To make cinnamon tea, add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 10 minutes and drink it hot.
9. Lemon balm tea
Lemon balm is known for its calming and pain-relieving properties. The relaxing properties of the lemon balm can help you unwind, de-stress and relax your muscles. Lemon balm tea is mostly recommended for migraine sufferers. To make lemon balm tea, add chopped Lemon balm leaves in boiled water. Let it steep for 10 minutes and add honey to it after straining the contents.
10. Meadowsweet tea
Meadowsweet plant is mostly used for treating colds, upset stomach, heart burns, bronchitis, peptic ulcer and joint disorders. Due to the presence of compound salicin in it, it helps cure headaches. Meadowseet contains tannins which lowers inflammation and decreases phlegm mucous. To make Meadowsweet tea, add 1-2 teaspoons of dried meadowsweet flowers in a cup of boiled water for 10 minutes. Strain it and add a teaspoon of honey.
11. Wintergreen tea
Wintergreen is a shrub used for treating aches and pains. It contains a chemical called methyl salicylate which has aspirin like properties. To make wintergreen tea, add half teaspoon of dried wintergreen leaves to boiling water. Let it steep for 3 minutes and then strain it.
12. Tulsi tea
Basil commonly known as Tulsi has been long known in Ayurveda for its medicinal properties and is an aromatic shrub. Tulsi tea helps in treating headaches, migraines and other stress-related issues. It contains anti-oxidants that help to distress and relax. To prepare tulsi tea, in a cup of boiling water, add shredded tulsi leaves, ginger and cardamom powder. Boil it for 10 minutes and strain it. You may add lemon juice and honey and your delicious and herbal tulsi tea is ready.
Headaches can be a severe problem if not treated on time. The next time you feel it is hitting you, try brewing one of these teas for headache relaxation and relief. Having medications every time you have a headache can affect in the long run. The above mentioned teas can act as a miracle and help you get rid of headaches and will calm you down.