Which tea is good for headaches? | Which Tea Series
Headaches are pretty annoying, and can stem from a range of different environmental and internal causes. Some people are just more prone to developing headaches under stress, fatigue, not eating enough or even drinking alcohol ( I know this is true for me! ).
There are three main types of headaches.
Cluster Headaches are actually the most painful type of headache, contrary to popular belief that the 'migraine' headache is. Sufferers will normally experience strong pain around the eyes or the side of the head. Thankfully they're not too common.
Migraine Headaches are also very painful, ranked right up there with cluster headaches. Pain and throbbing, nausea, dizziness and even sensitivity to light are common symptoms that go alongside migraine headaches. God forbid, they can last days at a time in some unfortunate people!
Tension Headaches are thankfully the most common types of headaches that involve some pain, and a pressure type feeling within the head. They vary in location, and can have a wide range of causes.
Herbal tea that can help headaches
Scullcap Root is known to be effective against stress headaches, and works by both destressing you and in turn allowing the blood vessels to get the blood moving more freely around the body. Along with anti-inflammatory properties, this herb is a bit of a sedative so be mindful of that if you're wanting to give it a try!
Chamomile is hard to go past in this list and deserves a mention. Known for both relaxation, anti-stress and lesser known as an anti-inflammatory - this one can be used to give some relief for migraine headaches in some individuals. Loose leaf is recommended here in preference over finer grained tea bags as the effects are stronger the more complete and fresh the Chamomile flowers are.
Ginger Root is a pretty great tea for Migraines as it can both provide some relief from nausea and the headache itself and is comparable in effectiveness to the prescription drug sumatriptan according to a 2013 study, stating "Efficacy of ginger powder and sumatriptan was similar. Clinical adverse effects of ginger powder were less than sumatriptan." Definitely one to try if you suffer from migraines!
Feverfew, a lesser known herb, has actually been used for centuries to treat headaches of all types. Containing a compound which specifically helps to stop the vessels in the brain from constricting - this is exactly what is needed for many types of headaches.
Recommended more as a preventative herb - so if you know around which times you are at risk of getting a migraine, take some beforehand. Having a cup a day certainly can't hurt either. Recommended to try once a day for a few weeks for the full effects to kick in. Experiment and see what works for you!
- Toby Gospodarczyk