What is the Best Tea for Headaches? From Migraines to Hangovers
By The Whistling Kettle October 27th, 2021
If you’ve tried tea for headaches before, you are familiar with the common suggestions: ginger, peppermint, chamomile, and more. The real trick is matching the right herb to the type of headache you have. For example, a warm cup of chamomile helps to ease migraines, but peppermint may be more effective for sinus congestion headaches.
Types of Headaches:
There are two main categories of headaches:
- Primary headaches occur without a clear cause or in reaction to lifestyle and environmental factors. These include migraines, cluster headaches, and tension headaches among other types.
- Secondary headaches are the result of an underlying health condition which is causing pain. This can be anything from benign nasal congestion to serious risks such as tumors.
If you have a severe or persistent headache, you should seek medical attention. An occasional pounding in the head afflicts most of us, but anything out of the ordinary warrants a visit to the doctor. That being said, there are many herbs to help less serious headaches. Our recommendations will help you find a tasty and effective remedy for fast relief.
What Types of Headaches Benefit from Tea?
Tea can be used to manage symptoms of most kinds of headaches but are especially useful for:
- Tension headaches
- Nasal congestion headaches
- Caffeine withdrawal
- High blood pressure headaches
- Fatigue headaches
Best Tea for Headaches:
To make things easier, we’ve organized our top recommendations for different kinds of headaches you may have. Keep your essential headache-healing teas on hand in your pantry. Next time you feel that pounding start, you’ll be prepared.
Chamomile Bilberry Bliss
Best tea for: Migraines.
Migraines are extremely painful and can make you sensitive to everything including, light, sound, and smells. To lessen the pain of migraines, it’s important to choose a gentle herbal tea. Chamomile Bilberry Bliss will send a cascade of soothing herbs to your system. The chamomile helps lower inflammation and calm your nervous system. Lavender relaxes blood vessels to ease tension. Rose petals uplift your mood, and bilberries add a pinch of sweetness.
Best tea for: Tension headaches.
Stress, chronic anxiety, and tight muscles all contribute to tension headaches. Luckily, Comfort Chaga tea is packed with anti-inflammatory herbs like turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon to ease tension in the muscles and brain. Chaga mushroom is an adaptogenic herb that may improve your stress response so you can remain calm under pressure. This can help prevent tension headaches in the future.
Best tea for: Nasal congestion headache.
Nasal congestion headaches are often mistaken for migraines. If your headache is accompanied by excess mucus in the nose, you may want to focus on clearing your sinuses. Menthol, the aromatic oil in mint leaves, can help drain phlegm from the nasal cavity and throat. Our Moroccan Mint tea combines bright spearmint with an extra menthol boost. Green tea adds extra anti-inflammatory benefits while helping clear the mental fog from congestion.
King of Silver Needles
Best tea for: Caffeine withdrawal headache
An overuse of caffeine can contribute to headaches. Unfortunately, if you have been drinking caffeine regularly, you may get withdrawal headaches when you stop. A better method is to slowly lower your caffeine intake over a couple weeks instead of going cold-turkey. King of Silver Needles is an exquisite white tea with very low caffeine. It has a refreshing taste reminiscent of apple or apricot. Switching to white tea is a great way to lower your daily caffeine intake slowly which helps prevent withdrawal headaches.
Best tea for: Hangover/Dehydration
Whether you’ve woken up hungover or just sweat your life out at the gym, dehydration can cause a painful headache. Alcohol causes the body to urinate more as it tries to flush the alcohol out of your system. As the intoxication effect wears off you feel exhausted and dehydrated. Intensive exercise and hot weather can also lead to dehydration through excessive sweating. All caffeine-free teas are ideal for rehydrating the body quickly and efficiently. Our Total Body herbal tea maximizes the effect with cooling herbs such as peppermint and hibiscus. Soothing chamomile and rose petals will refresh you and help ease the headache pain.
Best tea for: High blood pressure headache.
Hibiscus is a tropical flower that can be used as a healing herb for high blood pressure. Elevated blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a health issue that may increase risk of heart disease and stroke. It can also cause headaches. According to recent research, hibiscus may help lower blood pressure levels. Luckily, hibiscus also makes a delicious tart and tangy tea. Our Raspberry Lavender herbal tea combines hibiscus with lavender flowers to soothe the headache pain.
Best tea for: Fatigue headaches
The best remedy for a fatigue-caused headache is to get some sleep! But of course, some days there isn’t enough time to take a nap. When you need to power through but your head is pounding, it can be tempting to reach for highly caffeinated teas. But for some people, caffeine will make the headache worse. Instead, opt for our caffeine-free Calming herbal tea. Tulsi, otherwise known as Holy Basil, is an adaptogenic herb that may help the body adapt to stressful conditions. Paired with mint and lemongrass, this fragrant tea will wipe away fatigue and keep you alert yet relaxed.
Relieve Headaches with Tea
Almost every type of tea can improve headaches. Simply sipping a warm beverage helps to dilate blood vessels and ease tension. But the best tea for headaches will be the one that fits your unique needs. We recommend thoughtfully matching your symptoms to a tea that will address your root cause directly. Once you find your favorite tea for headaches, sip it regularly for easy, pain-free living.