Ginger: A tried and tested herbal remedy; ginger quells nausea by absorbing any excess stomach acid. [1] According to a 2003 study published in the American Journal of Physiology, Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, people who took a ginger supplement before taking a simulated amusement-park ride were less nauseated than those who didn’t.[2] Enjoy ginger tea, sugar coated ginger candy, gingersnaps or even ginger ale.

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 soupscookies 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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1. Mustafa T, Srivastava KC. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) in migraine headache. J Ethnopharmacol. 1990 Jul;29(3):267-73. PubMed PMID: 2214812.

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.