While they come in many different forms, headaches can cripple not only your routine, but also your body. We give you an easy-to-use remedy lying in your kitchen cabinet that might reduce the pounding quicker than a painkiller.
Did you know that root ginger, commonly used to flavor soups, cookies and bread, is also effective in treating a headache?
How Does Ginger Work?
Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger relaxes the blood vessels in the head and curtails swelling in the brain caused by headaches. Ayurveda says that a headache might sometimes be caused by an impairment of digestive ability usually due to gas and bloating. Ginger is a known digestive aid and can reduce headaches caused due to flatulence and indigestion. It can also curb nausea. [1,2]
How To Use It
- Take 2tsp grated ginger and boil it in a cup of water for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid and drink it warm whenever you have a headache.
- You can also inhale ginger vapors. Crush an inch of fresh ginger root and add this to boiling water. Steep for a minute or two. Inhale the vapors by covering your head with a towel.
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2. Maghbooli M, Golipour F, Moghimi Esfandabadi A, Yousefi M. Comparison between the efficacy of ginger and sumatriptan in the ablative treatment of the common migraine. Phytother Res. 2014 Mar;28(3):412-5. doi: 10.1002/ptr.4996. Epub 2013 May 9. PubMed PMID: 23657930.