Ginger is the thick, underground stem of a plant, often used as a natural remedy. Ginger contains numerous substances that are known to block prostaglandins. These prostaglandins stimulate muscle contractions, affect hormone release and control inflammation, all of which are relevant when you have a headache. Ginger is available in many different forms such as the fresh root, powders, capsules, oils, tonics, syrups and even candy.
One remedy that markedly reduces the intensity of a headache is to crush fresh ginger, boil it with water, filter it and drink the liquid. If you do not want to drink a liquid, you can try inhaling the vapors of the ginger. Use a tablespoon of dried ginger powder or crush fresh ginger, add to boiling water and inhale the steam.
Another good remedy is to use a ginger paste. Simply add a little bit of warm water to some ginger powder to make the paste and apply it to your forehead. Lie down and rest for a while to allow the paste to work on the headache. At the first sign of a migraine, try mixing an eighth of a teaspoon of powdered ginger in water and you will find that drinking this lessens it or even makes it go away.
Nausea and vomiting are often experienced with a migraine headache and ginger are well-known for its ability to combat nausea. There are few side effects linked to ginger when taken in small doses. Ginger may affect and interact with other medications so consult your doctor before use. It could have a blood thinning effect and it’s not advisable for those using blood thinning medications to use ginger to treat headaches.