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6 Teas to Alleviate Senior Migraine Pain

By Lauren Robison, 9:00 am on

Migraines can be seriously debilitating for seniors, but in lieu of taking over-the-counter medications, New Hampshire senior care providers recommend drinking tea. Seniors who are experiencing a throbbing migraine can drink the following teas that are known for alleviating pain. 

1. Peppermint 

The soothing effects of peppermint tea can also provide seniors relief from a pounding migraine and relax their tense muscles. It’s rich in menthol, which is known to naturally help ease a migraine or tension headache. If the migraine is the result of sinus congestion, steaming with this tea is another effective and calming way to clear the nasal passages. 

2. Lavender 

The aroma of lavender has a calming effect, helps reduce pain and will give seniors a gentle pick me up. Drinking lavender tea may help reduce a senior’s migraine because the flowers used to create the tea have medicinal compounds that aid in easing muscle spasms, which helps relax the blood vessels and tiny muscles in the scalp and around the eyes.

3. Feverfew 

This tea can help soothe cluster headaches, migraines and other ailments. In 2011, a study featured in the Pharmacognosy Review revealed that not only will feverfew soothe a headache, it may even help prevent them. Researchers found that the participants who took this herb for six months had fewer headaches. When they started taking a placebo in replacement of the herb, their headaches tripled.

4. Ginger 

This herbal tea has anti-inflammatory properties that will naturally treat many ailments from painful migraines to rolling nausea. It’s a natural alternative to anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen. Synthetic anti-inflammatories such as naproxen can irritate a senior’s stomach, whereas ginger does the opposite. It soothes an upset stomach and neutralizes stomach acids. 

5. Willow Bark 

This tea will help reduce muscle spasms and soothe migraines in a natural way. It acts similar to aspirin, which is why it’s widely used for migraine pain, osteoarthritis, muscle pain and rheumatoid arthritis.

6. Rosemary 

Many traditional medicines for migraines mask the pain instead of tackling the problem at the source. Rosemary tea can aid in boosting a healthy flow of blood to a senior’s brain, which will work effectively to treat the migraine at the source of the problem. It also helps reduce stress and tension, which are often the causes of migraines.

Learn more about ways to neutralize migraines and other common ailments among seniors by calling Home Care Assistance at (603) 471-3004 today. We provide flexible live-in, hourly and respite home care New Hampshire families trust to help seniors manage illness and injury in the comfort of home. Call today to have one of our reliable Care Managers customize a unique care plan for your loved one.