I’d love to know the statistics for how many people Google “remedies for headache” on any given day. But even without that data, I imagine it is a very high number.
I know I have searched some long hours looking for solutions. Did you know there’s been evidence that sniffing hot sauce can make the pain go away? Whelp, as desperate as I’ve been at times, I don’t think I could ever go that far. And thankfully, I don’t have to. I found this much more pleasant remedy that actually works!
And so you don’t feel tempted to snort the pepper, I thought I’d share this incredibly powerful remedy with you as well.
It’s really simple, and for the most basic recipe, all you need is milk (any kind you prefer), turmeric and some black pepper. But my favorite recipe also uses ginger and raw honey.
Turmeric is the star of this recipe. Turmeric is an incredibly beneficial spice that is known for its extensive healing abilities. Turmeric protects the liver, improves circulation, is a strong anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant. You can read about these and many more incredible benefits here.
Turmeric is the spice that gives Indian curry its gorgeous yellow color. Another spice in curry is black pepper. And this is not a mistake. Turmeric is incredibly powerful for our bodies, but not easily absorbed without combining it with black pepper. A study showed that by adding even a pinch of black pepper to turmeric, its bio-availability increased 2000%! (Yes, two-THOUSAND percent!) Pretty amazing, right?
Adding ginger to this milk cuts the bitterness of the turmeric and really enhances this drinks delicious flavor. Ginger is also a powerful spice with healing properties, especially for our tummies. Ginger is anti-inflammatory and supports our immune function as well.
Local raw honey is also very medicinal. Local raw honey helps prevent seasonal allergies, boosts immune function, and may even aid in weight loss. Plus its delicious and a great sweetener!
For milk, I like this best with organic grass fed milk. Organic milk hasn’t been contaminated with hormones or antibiotics, and the cows weren’t fed GMO corn. Grass fed milk means the cows grazed and ate on grass, which is what they were designed to eat in the first place. Milk from quality sources like those have higher nutritional profiles, especially seen in their greater levels of CLA and EFA.
Turmeric Milk has incredible benefits, but my favorite of course is the fact that it soothes headaches! Rather than pop a few pills, or shoot hot sauce up my nose, this is my remedy of choice. May it serve you well like it has served me!
Headache Soothing Turmeric Milk
- 2 cups milk (organic, grass fed dairy, coconut milk, goats milk, etc)
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp ginger
- a pinch of black pepper
- raw honey to taste
Heat milk on the stove in a small pot. Add all ingredients except raw honey. Allow to heat for a few minutes (but not boil). Off the heat and cover with a lid to steep for 2-3 more minutes. Strain (optional, but I recommend it) into a mug. Stir in raw honey and enjoy!
Important side note: other than using food as medicine, I also turn to regular chiropractic care to prevent and treat headaches and migraines.
Do you suffer from headaches? Have you come across any wild remedies or found any that have worked for you?