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The Pain Relieving Benefits of Tea For Headaches

White tea is one of the most delicate tea type because it is minimally processed. The leaves are picked very carefully so as not to bruise and oxidize the tea. The flavor is light, elegant with slight nutty notes and floral fragrance. It is a very mild, gentle, meditative tea.

Unlike black teas, green teas undergo minimal processing, preserving their natural antioxidants. Green tea is light and fresh with grassy or earthy undertones and can sometimes taste a bit bitter.

Puerh tea is a post-fermented tea that delivers a unique and flavorful tea experience. Classified into two categories, raw (sheng) and cooked/ripe (shou), Puerh undergoes a microbial fermentation process. Explore the naturally aged and fermented Sheng Puerh, or indulge in the robust, earthy flavors and grounding Qi of Shou Puerh.

Liu Bao is true black tea, more similar to fermented puerh tea than what we call black tea in the west, which is actually called red tea in China. Liu Bao is a fermented black tea traditionally from Guangxi Province. It is fermented and dried in a long delicate process in preparation for further aging.

Oolong tea is only partially oxidized or semi-oxidized. Oolong teas are highly aromatic teas with flavor profiles ranging from robust and roasted to light and floral.


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Individuals seeking natural remedies for headache relief can turn to the diverse world of teas that come from the Camellia sinensis plant. A renowned plant medicine that can relax a headache through many of its properties that increases blood flow and circulation. Tea as medicine has long been cherished for its headache-soothing abilities by ancient Taoists and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners.

This article merges ancient herbal wisdom with scientific research which gives extensive background that supports these claims. With a variety of options from Camellia sinensis, each tea offers unique benefits. Depending on how the tea was grown and processed will affect the medicinal components. But all types of tea such as green, white, red, oolong, liu bao, or aged pu-erh teas, can all contribute to headache alleviation. This guide is designed to help you through pinpointing the cause of the headache, highlighting the overall benefits of implementing a tea practice into your lifestyle to help manage the pain. Diving deep into the healing potential of Camellia sinensis so that you can find relief from the tension and stress that can trigger a pesky headache.


Types Of Headaches


Tension Headaches

Tension headaches cause a constant dull pain across the head with tightness in the forehead, sides, and back. They are often caused by stress, muscle strain, or anxiety, making them a frequent issue that disrupts daily life and requires strategies to manage and alleviate the symptoms.



These are intense, often pulsating headaches that occur on one side of the head. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines can be triggered by a variety of factors, including hormonal changes, certain foods, and weather changes.


Cluster Headaches

Known for their extreme pain, cluster headaches occur in cyclical patterns or clusters. The pain is usually concentrated around one eye or on one side of the head and can be accompanied by swelling, redness of the eye, and nasal congestion.

The Healing Powers of Camellia Sinensis

The leaves of Camellia sinensis contain compounds like caffeine, antioxidants, and trace minerals that can mitigate headache symptoms. Caffeine helps by reducing blood vessel swelling, a common headache trigger, while antioxidants like epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), particularly prevalent in Green Tea, combat inflammation and pain. Though all our teas originate from Camellia sinensis, they each bring unique benefits to the table.


Selecting the Right Tea for Headache Relief


Our collection includes teas that can cater to various headache types:


Liu Bao Tea

Liu Bao is a variety that benefits from a fermentation process that is done in a cave or mine. This unique processing method is believed to enhance Liu Bao's natural calming, soothing, and cooling properties, helping clear heat and dampness from the body. Making it particularly effective in alleviating the kind of tension that frequently culminates in headaches. Especially if the headache is associated with signs of liver fire like dry eyes, bitter taste on the tongue, dizziness, redness in the cheeks, restlessness, insomnia, acne or yellow complexion. Liu Bao can help cool and soothe these symptoms and naturally relieve the headache.


Chinese Red Tea

Referred to as Black Tea in Western cultures, Chinese Red Tea is distinguished through its oxidation process as more of the essence of the leaves are opened up. Red teas are well known for their elevated caffeine levels, which can be especially beneficial for treating headaches linked to vascular problems. Caffeine not only offers a mild stimulating effect, but it is an incredible alkaloid that fortifies the heart and cardiovascular system. In addition to its actions that excite the cerebral cortex and reduce fluid build up. Making red teas a suitable choice for those looking to address headaches with a natural, gentle boost.


Oolong Tea

The processing of oolong tea is the most complex method of all tea production. Oolong tea is a partially oxidized tea that is characterized by its partial fermentation process when the leaves are withered, shaken, fired, rolled and sometimes roasted. Striking a harmonious balance between the delicate flavors of Green Tea and the robustness of Chinese Red Tea. Ultimately producing a variety of tea that is complex in flavors and medicinal values. The moderate caffeine content, combined with a rich antioxidant profile, makes it an effective choice for soothing mild headaches while also encouraging a state of relaxation. Aiding in the release of tension, increasing oxygen in the brain, stimulating clear thinking, mental alertness, and facilitating an overall feeling of well being.


Green Tea

Rich in polyphenols, known as catechins, Green teas are able to retain the highest levels of catechins because the leaves are not oxidized. Green tea is the most ideal option when combating oxidative stress and inflammation caused by things like radiation and carcinogenic substances. The caffeine content also provides a gentle uplift and increases oxygen levels in the brain. A bowl of green tea speeds up the recovery time by mobilizing cell regeneration making it an effective healing mechanism for headaches. 


White Tea

The least processed tea, White Tea, undergoes only two processing steps, withering and drying. The delicate floral flavors that define a white tea come from silvery pekoe hairs that grow on the unopened leaves. White teas have to be carefully plucked to retain higher levels of antioxidants with minimal caffeine. Making it a gentle and enjoyable option for headache relief and relaxation without the risk of caffeine withdrawal.


How To Brew The Perfect Cup For Headache Relief

Brewing the ideal cup of tea for headache relief requires attention to water temperature and steeping time, as these factors greatly affect the tea's effectiveness. Here's how to enhance its benefits:


Choosing The Right Water

To brew an effective cup of tea for headache relief, start with fresh, room temperature, preferably filtered water to eliminate impurities that might impact the tea's flavor and therapeutic qualities. The ideal brewing temperature varies: use 150-180°F (65-80°C) for green teas to protect their delicate compounds, while black and herbal teas can be brewed with boiling water at around 212°F (100°C).


Steeping For The Ideal Time

For optimal headache relief, start with steeping each type of tea for only 3-6 seconds, and gradually lengthen the steeping time to taste the gradual transformation of flavors that open up with practice and precision. Avoid bitterness and preserve their soothing effects by using a side handle or zisha teapot


Enhancing The Experience

The preparation of tea itself can serve as a soothing ritual, the aroma will lower stress before you even take your first sip. Enhancing your tea with lemon slices can boost its headache-relieving effects, but it's best to avoid sweeteners that may raise blood sugar levels and exacerbate headaches.


Consistency And Moderation

For those with chronic headaches, incorporating tea into your daily routine can help control symptoms over time. However, it's important to moderate caffeine consumption from teas, particularly when also drinking other caffeinated beverages, to prevent withdrawal headaches.


Incorporating Tea into Your Headache Management Strategy

Regular consumption of tea can be a delightful and effective part of a holistic approach to managing headaches. Each variety offers unique benefits, allowing you to tailor your tea choice to your specific needs and preferences. By understanding the types of headaches and the specific properties of each tea, you can select the most suitable variety for relief.

Our teas, sourced from the finest Camellia sinensis plants, represent a commitment to quality and natural health. Whether you're drawn to the robust flavors of Puerh and Liu Bao, the soothing qualities of Green and White Teas, or the balanced profile of Oolong and Chinese Red Teas, our collection offers a natural remedy to enhance your well-being and combat headaches. Explore the world of Camellia sinensis with us and discover the healing power of Living Teas.


Frequently Asked Questions


Can drinking tea prevent headaches?

Drinking teas rich in essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can help decrease headache frequency by managing stress and ensuring proper hydration Proper nutrition and hydration are key factors in headache prevention.


Is it possible for tea to worsen headache symptoms?

For individuals sensitive to caffeine, consuming too much caffeinated tea, such as black or green tea, can cause withdrawal headaches or worsen existing symptoms. Balancing caffeine consumption and opting for more aged teas, like oolong, liu bao, sheng pu-erh, and shou pu-erh have less caffeine content and more calming effects.


How quickly can tea provide relief for headaches?

Relief from headaches after drinking tea can vary by person and headache type, typically occurring within 30 minutes to an hour as the tea's natural compounds take effect. For best results, it's advised to drink tea at the earliest symptom onset or as a preventative practice.


Can any tea be used for headache relief, or are specific types more effective?

Specific teas such as lio bao, Chinese red tea, oolong, white, green, and pu-erh teas are all recognized for their headache-relief abilities. Each tea has different compounds based on their environment and processing that may contain additional benefits that address inflammation, tension, and vascular problems. Their effectiveness may vary with the headache type. We suggest trying a few different kinds to see what works best. 


Are there any side effects of using tea for headache relief?

Using tea for headache relief is usually safe, but excessive consumption of caffeinated teas may cause insomnia, nervousness, or anxiety in some cases. 


How does the hydration aspect of tea help with headaches?

Hydration is key to preventing and easing headaches, with dehydration often worsening symptoms. Teas help maintain cellular hydration by contributing to proper vitamins, minerals, and compounds that increase absorption and cleanse toxins.


Can tea be combined with other headache treatments?

Tea can complement other headache treatments like pain relievers or relaxation techniques. However, consulting a healthcare professional is crucial before mixing treatments.


How can someone with a caffeine sensitivity enjoy the benefits of tea for headaches?

Individuals sensitive to caffeine can choose more aged varieties of teas like shou pu-erh, sheng pu-erh, lio bao, and oolong that have lower caffeine content and offer headache relief by calming muscle tension and relaxing mental stimulation.


Is there an optimal time of day to drink tea for headache relief?

Drinking tea at the first sign of headache symptoms can be helpful. For preventive use, a morning bowl of green or Chinese red tea can help increase blood flow, circulation, and remove toxins from the body, and an evening bowl of aged pu-erh can aid relaxation, possibly preventing tension headaches.


Can lifestyle changes enhance the effectiveness of tea for headache relief?

Regular exercise, stress management, and a balanced diet can amplify tea's headache relief benefits. Combined with consistent tea drinking, these lifestyle changes can improve overall well-being and may lessen headache frequency and intensity.



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