Hot Teas - A Migraine Patient's 30 Days of Gratitude
During a Migraine attack, it's sometimes the small things in life that give me a bit of pleasure and some symptomatic relief. Such little things may not be able to truly stop a Migraine, but at that point, any relief and comfort goes a long way.
When I think about some of the small things that are most helpful to me during a Migraine, hot teas come to mind. There are so many types of tea. Some have caffeine; some don't. For those who can use it, caffeine potentiates our medications - helps them work more quickly and effectively. When I want caffeine, I generally choose a black tea. These can be plain or flavored. Peppermint tea is very helpful for nausea, as long as the nausea isn't so severe that I can't keep it down. Chamomile tea is very relaxing, so it's helpful when trying to get some rest. Neither peppermint nor chamomile contain any caffeine.
When I'm having facial pain along the sinuses, hot teas help reduce that pain for me. Any of these teas are also good cold if you prefer cold over hot beverages during a Migraine. There are also many herbal teas available that can help with symptomatic relief and comfort, and most of them contain no caffeine.
For day #20 in our 30 Days of Gratitude, I share with you my gratitude for and appreciation of hot teas. They serve double duty for me, giving both comfort and some symptomatic relief.
Ellen and I both find that a gratitude journal helps us maintain our emotional equilibrium when it seems that everything in our lives is conspiring to bring us down. We also find that it helps to share with each other. That's one reason we want to share with you, our Migraine and headache family.
Would you like to join us? It's easy to keep a gratitude journal, and you're always welcome to share any of it here in our community. Journals can be handwritten or kept on your computer. To share here, you can create a SharePost of your own, or you can post comments to our posts.
For a listing of all of our 30 Days of Gratitude posts, see A Migraine Patient's 30 Days of Gratitude - Introduction.
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© Teri Robert, 2013
Last updated November 20, 2013.