Tea has long been recommended as a way to help ease or even stop headaches altogether. Headaches seem to stem from chemical, emotional or structural problems within the body.
Among the types of headaches are:
- Tension Headaches – These are characterized by a steady ache rather than a throbbing one, and usually involve tight muscles in the lower back, neck area, and jaw.
- Migraine – These are characterized by throbbing pain on one side of the head, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and, sometimes, an aura of bright lights.
- Cluster Headaches – This form of headache usually strikes men who smoke and drink and will recur over several weeks, with pain generally centering in one eye.
The presence of certain bioflavonoids in tea and herbal infusions has given them the ability to interact with the body and thus prevent, reduce and even stop headaches.
Some of the teas widely acknowledged to be useful against headaches are:
Black Tea – Can be used for headaches caused by histamines.
Boneset Tea – Can be quite effective for migraine headaches
Butterbur Tea – Can be taken for migraine headaches
Catnip Tea – Can be effective for migraine headaches.
Chamomile Tea – Can be used for headaches associated with digestive upsets.
Chrysanthemum Tea – Can help in relief of tension headaches
Cramp Bark Tea – May help with tension headaches.
Damiana Tea – May help treat headaches
Feverfew Tea – May help in giving relief to migraine sufferers
Ginger Tea – Can be used for migraine headaches.
Guarana Tea – Traditionally used for headaches
Gynostemma Tea – may be helpful remedy for migraines.
Honeybush Tea – may help counter headaches due to its soothing components
Honeysuckle Tea – May help relieve headaches
Horehound Tea – May help sinus-related headaches
Jamaican Dogwood Tea – may be effective against migraine headaches
Kudzu Tea – may help in alleviating headache pains.
Lavender Tea – May help soothe migraines
Lemon Balm Tea – Can be used for nervous headaches.
Licorice Tea – May be helpful against migraines
Linden Tea – Considered valuable in relieving sickness headaches
Lovage Tea – may be effective against migraines
Meadowsweet Tea – Ingredient in some anti-headache medication
Passion Flower Tea – Induces calmness and fights stress headaches
Peppermint Tea – Can be used for headaches associated with digestive upsets.
Periwinkle Tea – May be helpful against migraine headaches
Rosemary Tea – Can be used for headaches associated with mental or physical exhaustion.
Rue Tea – may help fight headaches associated with panic.
Skullcap Tea – Can help relieve stress-related headaches.
St. John’s Wort Tea – May help reduce chronic tension headaches.
Stone Root Tea – may be helpful remedy against headache.
Tansy Tea – may be especially helpful against migraines.
Thyme Tea – Can be used for headaches associated with hangovers
White Peony Root Tea – May help alleviate migraine headaches
Wood Betony Tea – Said to be one of the best in alleviating headaches
Yerba Mate Tea – May help treat headaches
Yucca Tea – May help reduce migraine headaches.
Even with the many benefits of tea used for treating headaches, it is still recommended that consultations be done with qualified medical professionals.