Natural Drink Recipes to Ease Migraines

Migraine Safe Drinks That May Just Soothe or Prevent Your Head Pain
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Have you ever tried natural treatments for your migraines? While there is limited scientific evidence to prove their benefit, many people seek comfort in herbal remedies that they can find at their local grocery store.

Of course before consuming any herbals products, please discuss with your doctor, as some do have side effects and interact with medications you may be taking.

That being said, thee are two healthy, delicious drink recipes that do not contain typical migraine-triggering ingredients.

As a further bonus, in addition to providing comfort to your taste buds, they may even help soothe a headache.

Warm Gingered Carob

If you are looking for a cozy, warm drink to sip on, try this recipe. This drink is inspired from the Hot Spiced Carob recipe on the Whole Foods website and contains a few migraine-fighting ingredients, including ginger and honey.

Instead of chocolate, a potent migraine trigger for many of us, this drink contains carob, which is ess likely to be a migraine trigger. Carob powder is a substitute for cocoa powder. It's low in fat  and contains no caffeine. You can enjoy this drink without having to worry whether you are going beyond your caffeine limit for the day.

It also contains ginger, which blocks prostaglandins—chemicals that cause inflammation contributing to head pain. To support ginger's migraine-fighting powers, one 2014 study in Phytotherapy Research, found ginger powder to be as effective as sumatriptan in alleviating migraines without auras.

Ginger too may help ward off migraine-related nausea, and may pose less side effects than sumatriptan for migraineurs.

While there is no scientific evidence, honey is an anecdotal home remedy for migraines.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Serving size: 2


• 1 piece of ginger (about 1 inch), peeled and halved
• 3 tablespoons carob powder
• 2 cups milk (I used almond milk but soy or dairy is fine as well)
• 4 teaspoons honey
• 1 pinch of cinnamon
• ½ pinch nutmeg

Pour two cups of water into a small pot or saucepan and bring to a boil.

Add the ginger and simmer for 5 minutes over low heat. Remove the ginger. Add the carob powder and stir until fully blended. Add milk and honey and heat until hot, but not boiling. Pour drink into mugs, stir thoroughly, and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Now, relax and enjoy!

Watermelon-Cucumber Smoothie

Whatever the time of year, a drink made with fresh, hydrating ingredients is always refreshing.  Dehydration is a key trigger for headaches too—so as an extra bonus, this drink is not only delicious but may help prevent your migraines.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serving size: 2


• 1/2 a watermelon or about 2 pounds
• 1/2 cucumber
• 1 cup of ice
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 2 mint leaves

Chop the watermelon into cubes and try to seed as much as possible. Peel, seed, and chop the cucumber into chunks. Add the ice, honey, watermelon, and cucumber into a blender. You can also use a juicer. To thicken the smoothie more, just add more ice. Pour into glasses and add a mint leaf. Enjoy!


Bulchholz David. Heal Your Headache: The 1-2-3 Program For Taking Charge of Your Pain. New York: Workman Publishing, 2002.

Medhi M, Farhad G, Alireza ME, Mehran Y. Comparison Between the Efficacy of Ginger and Sumatriptan in the Ablative Treatment of the Common MigrainePhytother Res 2013 May.

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