Natural headache remedies are a great way to avoid pain killers.
But many of us struggle to find quick relief that works for our headache.
Which means headaches vary and cause different types of pain.
So the big secret to effective natural headache relief – whilst we tackle underlying causes – is to target the right remedy at the right headache.
And I have for you here 6 different herbal headache relief teas to target different types of pain:
- Tension Headaches
- Persistent Stress Headaches
- Instant Headache Relief
- Sinus Headaches
- Cluster Headaches
- Bedtime Headache Relief
They can all be made from kitchen herbs & spices so you can act fast at the first hint of a headache.
I do hope they give you the quick headache relief you need to skip the painkillers & get on with your day.
This post does not give qualified medical advice. Headaches can be a sign of serious illness.
Common Headache Causes
Headaches are usually a symptom of a problem elsewhere in a body.
So treating our headache with painkillers makes no sense. We may get quick relief but the headache will come back because we haven’t tackled the underlying cause.
In fact, it is crazier than that, as painkillers make things worse.
Three key causes of headaches are:
- Gut damage
But repeated use of painkillers to ease headache pain can:
- Damage our gut lining
- Which triggers inflammation
- Which causes stress!!!
So whilst using the herbal headache teas in this post, do look for real remedies for other symptoms e.g.:
- Blocked Sinuses
- UTI & Bladder Infections
- Period Pain
- Pinworms & Threadworms
- Lack of Sleep
Now onto the quick headache teas.
6 Simple Herbal Teas For Headache Relief
These 6 herbal headache teas are all simple DIY recipes you can make from basic herbs and spices in your kitchen cupboard or herb garden.
You do NOT need to buy any fancy headache teas or essential oils!!
1. Ginger Tea For Stress & Tension Headaches
Ginger tea relieves stress and tension headaches by relaxing blood vessels.
To make ginger headache tea:
- Add to a cup or so of water:
- a sliced inch of ginger root
- or a teaspoon of dried ginger
- Bring to the boil
- Simmer gently for 15 minutes
- Strain & add a teaspoon or so of lemon and honey to taste.
This makes a strong ginger tea which is great for a bad headache.
For a gentler ginger headache tea, bring water to boil and steep ginger in the boiled water for a few minutes.
2. Mint Tea For Persistent Stress Headaches
Mint tea relaxes blood vessels to reduce stress headaches in a similar way to headache relief medication.
Drinking mint tea regularly can reduce physical stress in our bodies and help prevent the build up of persistent stress headaches.
To make mint tea simply:
- Pour freshly boiled water over:
- a small teaspoon of dried mint
- or 5 to 6 mint leaves.
- Leave to steep for 5 minutes
- Then sip away.
It is super easy to grow mint from cuttings for a supply of fresh leaves but dried mint is also great.
Don’t drink mint tea with heartburn.
3. Clove Tea for Instant Headache Relief
Clove tea is often the best herbal tea to drink for instant headache relief.
This is because cloves have natural anaesthetic powers that can actually block our detection of pain.
To make clove headache tea:
- Pour boiled water over 1 tsp of:
- Roughly ground cloves
- Or clove powder
- Steep for 20 minutes
- Then strain
- Flavour with honey or cinnamon.
To avoid pain killers during periods, make extra and keep it, strained, in a jar in the fridge to heat as needed.
4. Coriander Seed Tea For Sinus Headaches
Traditional Ayurvedic medicine used coriander seed tea to relieve headaches caused by sinus pressure.
To make coriander headache tea:
- Pour boiling water over 1 tablespoon of coriander seeds
- Steep for 5 minutes
- Sweeten with honey.
For extra relief from sinus headaches try these other natural sinus relief remedies alongside your tea.
5. Rosemary Tea for Cluster Headaches
Rosemary is a good herbal tea for relieving intense cluster headaches.
Cluster headaches are caused by muscle spams and rosemary has natural anti-spasmodic powers.
To make rosemary headache tea:
- Pour boiled water over:
- 1 sprig of rosemary
- or 1 tsp of dried rosemary
- Steep for 5 minutes
- You can add honey but to be honest I think it is lovely as it is.
6. Chamomile Tea For Bedtime Headache Relief
Sleep can’t always relieve headaches but lack of sleep guarantees an even worse headache in the morning.
So chamomile, a sedative, is a good herbal headache tea at bedtime.
It gives instant headache relief and helps us get to sleep and stay asleep.
To make chamomile tea:
- Pour freshly boiled water over
- 2 teaspoons of fresh flowers
- Or 1 teaspoon of dried flowers
- Steep for 5 minutes
- Strain and sip.
So there you go, 6 quick herbal headache teas you can make easily for natural headache relief targeted at specific types of headache.
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