Tea and migraine

Tea has been used for many different medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Some people with migraine have found that drinking tea helps. In other people, drinking tea may trigger a migraine attack or a headache.


Was tea effective in relieving your migraine symptoms?

There are many different types of tea, including green tea, black tea, oolong, and herbal teas. Some contain caffeine, which may aid in pain relief from migraine. Other teas are caffeine-free, or decaffeinated. While research hasn't shown a conclusive benefit to drinking tea in regards to migraine, many people find that drinking tea is comforting, and it may help ease some symptoms of migraine, such as nausea.

Types of tea for migraine

While there is no scientific data to support using tea to prevent or stop a migraine attack, teas that may be used by people with migraine include:

  • Green tea
  • Peppermint tea
  • Ginger tea
  • Chamomile tea
  • Feverfew tea

Some research has shown that green tea can improve mental alertness (most likely due to its caffeine content), and some studies have also suggested that green tea may have a beneficial effect on heart disease. Green tea may also used to relieve migraine attacks.1

Peppermint and ginger teas can ease nausea and upset stomach, and some people with migraine find these teas to be soothing for their migraine symptoms.

For some migraine sufferers, chamomile tea, has been helpful in relieving certain migraine symptoms. Chamomile has been used to help ease anxiety, relieve stomach upset, and help with problems sleeping.2

Feverfew tea contains a substance called parthenolide that may help prevent migraine attacks by reducing inflammation or by stopping the aggregation of platelets.

Safety of drinking tea

In moderate amounts, drinking tea is safe for most people. Many teas contain caffeine. Some people who are sensitive to caffeine may feel jittery or anxious if they drink too much-caffeinated tea. For some people, both caffeine and tea can be a migraine trigger. If caffeine or tea is a trigger, do not drink tea in an effort to ease migraine pain.

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should discuss the safety of drinking various teas with their doctor. These are not all the possible side effects of tea. Patients should talk to their doctor about what to expect tea as treatment.


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As always, the best source for advice on treating migraine is your own migraine specialist. These descriptions of natural remedies are provided only for informational purposes. You should begin no medication or supplement without first checking with your health care provider and should let them know of any other prescriptions, OTCs, and herbals you are taking to ensure there are no interactions.

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Written by: Emily Downward | Last review date: July 2020