9 Teas That Can Help with Migraine Relief

by Teri Robert Patient Advocate

When it comes to migraines, we can use all the relief we can get. Teas, for instance, work great. And although they can’t make a migraine go away, they can offer some relief from migraine symptoms as well as comfort. In addition to the working properties of various tea remedies, the heat from warm beverages can be helpful as well. Here’s a look at some different teas and how they can be alleviate migraine symptoms.

Peppermint for nausea and indigestion

Peppermint has been used for centuries to combat nausea. It also aids digestion, which can be helpful during a migraine. Peppermint leaves can be crushed and added to other beverages or brewed as a tea since Peppermint tea isn’t actually tea. If you prefer to buy peppermint tea, make sure that it’s made from natural peppermint and not artificial flavorings.

Ginger for nausea

Ginger is another natural remedy that’s been used to combat nausea for centuries. Like peppermint, ginger tea isn’t actually tea. It’s made from ginger root. You can buy ginger and make your own tea but it needs to be simmered for a long time. So in this case, buying it is definitely easier. Again, it’s important that the tea you purchase contain real ginger, not artificial flavorings.

Relax with chamomile

Chamomile has long been used to help with sleep as well as stomach upset and cramping. Resting with a migraine is often difficult, yet it’s one of the best things we can do. Chamomile tea also isn’t a tea but is made from chamomile flowers. People with a ragweed allergy may have trouble with chamomile, so it’s best to try it out before using it as a remedy.

Multi-purpose lavender

Lavender is also made from the flowers of a plant and has several uses. It’s long been used to help with sleep, relaxation, anxiety, and indigestion. You can buy lavender tea or make your own by steeping fresh or dried blossoms in boiling water. Another popular option is Earl Grey Lavender tea, which is black Earl Grey tea with added lavender.

Less common white teas

White teas come from the same plant as black and green tea. The difference is that the leaves are picked shortly before the buds fully open. They’re less processed than green tea and far less than black tea. This translates into a milder taste than green or black teas, and they’re often blended with herbs and fruits. And since white tea does have caffeine, it can help migraine and help medications work better.

Green teas

Green teas come from the same plants as white and black teas. The leaves are harvested, then quickly heated and dried to prevent oxidation. The flavor of green teas varies depending on where they’re grown and how they’re processed. For migraines, green teas are used for comfort and the helpful effects of caffeine. Compared to coffee or black tea, green teas contain lower amounts of caffeine.

Black teas

For black teas, the leaves are harvested and allowed to wither prior to being rolled and crushed. This activates oxidation, which turns the leaves black. Like white and green tea, migraine sufferers use black teas for the comfort of a hot beverage and the countering effects of caffeine. Black tea contains more caffeine than white or black tea, though less than coffee. Flavored and spiced black teas are very popular and widely available.

More relief and comfort for migraines

During a migraine attack, we can use all the help we can get. Even with effective treatment, it can still take a while to work. For more ways to get relief from migraines, check out:

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Teri Robert

Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation's Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society.