Have a Headache?
Try These Teas
What are teas for headaches? Are they good or bad for them? Is it better to drink black tea or green tea for headaches? What about herbal teas such as St John’s Wort, Passion Flower, or Chamomile Tea? How do these different types of teas affect your health and how much does each one cost per serving size?
The answer to all these questions depends on which type of tea you like to drink. Black tea is best for headaches because it contains caffeine, which helps relieve pain. Green tea is not recommended for headaches since it contains chlorogenic acid (CGA), which may have anti-inflammatory effects but can also aggravate migraines. Chlorogenic acid is found naturally in many plants including apples, grapes, cherries, cranberries, blueberries and kiwi fruit. However, CGA is also present in some medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen. So if you take any medication with CGA then avoid drinking green tea.
Chamomile tea is considered to be a mild headache remedy since it doesn’t contain caffeine or other stimulants. I would still drink it with caution since too much can lead to stomach irritation and other adverse effects. Passion flower tea can also cause sleepiness and should not be combined with any other sleep or anxiety remedy.
Other herbal teas are not recommended since there is no hard evidence proving their efficiency in treating headaches. It is best to drink one of the above mentioned types of teas since they are better known to provide quick headache relief.
Other Effective Herbal Remedies for Headache Relief
Another way to deal with headaches, other than using herbal remedies or over the counter pain relievers, is to get your stress and anxiety under control. Most of us have experienced headaches at least once in our life due to stress and anxiety. In some cases, these headaches can be more painful than the ones caused by physical ailments and are in fact a form of psychological illness. It is common for women in particular to suffer from tension headaches, mostly brought on by stress at work or family issues.
There are many natural ways to deal with stress and anxiety without having to resort to using pharmaceutical drugs.
Due to high levels of stress at work or at home, many people suffer from insomnia or sleep deprivation. Getting a good night’s sleep can help you relieve stress and give you more energy to face the daily challenges. Also, going out in the sun, taking a walk or exercising in general helps keep the body and mind healthy and less prone to stress and anxiety attacks.
Biofeedback is another alternative to conventional drug therapy for stress and headache relief. It is a process that trains people to control certain subconscious body functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension and brain waves through the use of special equipment.
Herbal Remedies to Avoid
Before using any herbal remedy, it is always best to first consult your physician. This is specially true for those who are pregnant, have a chronic illness or suffer from allergies to certain drugs or food. Herbal remedies can sometimes be just as dangerous as prescription drugs if not taken properly or if combined with another substance.
One of the most common herbs used today for treating headaches is willow bark. Herbal teas and tablets containing willow bark are widely available over the counter and are used to relieve pain, reduce fever, help you relax and even cure headaches. While taking the drug known as aspirin is more effective, willow bark has the advantage that it is natural and safer for your health. However, this does not mean that it can’t cause discomfort or even worse if you are allergic to it.
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