Well, it definitely did not come as a surprise when I first heard about the effectiveness of ginger tea for migraines. After all, how often have we heard our grandparents and many elderly relatives on analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of this wonderful ginger?
Followers and practitioners of herbal medicine swear by its power to fight various infections, such as sore throat and dry cough? Ear, nose and throat area has always been a sensitive area and it can catch cold very easily, which mostly begins with mild pain, tingling in the back of the throat and progress to cough, chest congestion and mild fever.
A mixture of ground ginger, honey and black pepper taken a spoon for thrice a day will help strep throat and cough, and trust me, it still works as any OTC medicine would!
Turning to tea of ginger for migraines, we all know that tea (or, rather, the caffeine) is a nervous stimulant, if taken in moderate quantities, relieves stress and helps you stay awake. Ginger, with all its anti-inflammatory properties, is a potent herb that is good for any type of pain or swelling of the tissues.
Ginger tea for headaches is a proven remedy, and if you drink some of it at the very onset of a headache, will disappear without leaving a wrinkle on your forehead! I’ve tried many times and it works. Therefore, take a look at how the ginger tea benefits migraine in the following paragraphs.
Ginger tea for the treatment of migraine
Before we discuss how ginger tea is effective in combating a migraine attack, let’s briefly understand the mechanics of vascular headache. Migraines occur when blood vessels mainly in and around the brain become inflamed, or when certain muscles of the jaw and neck become tender and delicate.
Mostly, inflammation of the blood vessels in the brain is the reason for the appearance of these headaches due to increased pressure in the brain. Now, these blood vessels undergo swelling due to the actions of prostaglandins which are lipid regulating the relaxation and contraction of smooth muscle tissue.
Now, various studies and experiments have clearly shown that the enzymes and chemical compounds found in ginger have the ability to block the hyperactivity of these prostaglandins, and soothe vascular inflammation. This is also the same mechanism by which extracts of ginger or ginger to successfully stop the pain and inflammation of the tissues elsewhere in the body.
However, ginger tea for maximum effect, it is best taken at the very onset of the migraine attack. Ginger is also a popular home remedy to stop the nausea. It is a safe alternative to hard drugs for pregnant women suffering from nausea and morning sickness. This means that consuming ginger tea during migraine attacks also deals with the second aspect of migraine headache also.
How to make ginger tea
- It is best to make a ginger tea from whole fresh ginger instead of going for the packaged commercial products, or use ginger powder.
- You can make ginger tea with or without milk, in the same way they do black tea. I will provide the most basic ginger tea recipe here.
- If you want your ginger tea to be in the chai style, pour half a cup of water and half a cup of milk in a saucepan. Grate some fresh ginger in this mixture, add the tea leaves and boil twice.
- Take the pan from the flame and add the honey, sugar or any other sweetener to taste. If you like black tea, and then also follow the same procedure.
- However, do not take the milk and add a cup full of water instead of half a cup. You can also use teabags instead of tea leaves, but I suggest you go to the second as fresh, aromatic experience with whole tea leaves, and tea bags are much processed with wastes.
- Sip hot tea, spicy and you literally feel the weight approaches the head backwards with every sip.
Ginger tea for migraines is one of the best home remedies and easier to do, which has no adverse side effects of chemical painkillers and works best when taken in the early stages.
It is also a great soothing remedy for diseases like cold, sore throat and fever. In fact, ginger tea for colds is a proven herbal formula for time! Drinking ginger tea twice a day on a regular basis is known to have provided some relief to arthritis patients who are in the early stages of this common disease.
Now that you know that ginger is good for migraine and other pain, and also know how to make ginger tea, why do not you fix some, the next time you feel like having something hot to drink? Apart from the health benefits of ginger tea, as far as I’m concerned, it feels great to have a cup of hot water, aromatic and slightly spicy tea on a lazy winter afternoon or a cold December night. You will be amazed at how simply you accelerate!