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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Raspberry Tea for a Migraine?

Well, I've been in bed for most of the day today with a horrible migraine, but I finally decided I wasn't going to get any better lounging about and decided to just bundle up here at my desk. Thankfully, my husband was a sweetheart and watched the kids for me while I was in a hibernation-like state. I don't know what I'd do without him some days (and other days I'd like to kick him into the ocean).

Being sick always makes me wonder about all the old home remedies that I remember being used when I was a child, and I feel a need to look some of them up and test them out. At the same time though, I feel gross, and who wants to do research when it's so much easier to lie around in bed!? However, the experimental crazy-person in me won over, and I decided to try and test out a raspberry tea drink (an incredibly strong raspberry tea, mind you) to see if it had any healing properties. From what I could tell at the time, it didn't exactly soothe me or make me feel awesome - it was actually a bit hard to choke down. But after about an hour, I did start to feel a little better. Was it the tea? Was it just simply re-hydrating myself? Was it the warmth of the liquid, or possibly just sheer luck? This wasn't any special blend I made myself from scratch, this was just regular out-of-the-box raspberry tea, and I used two bags instead of one, with no sugar.

Personally, I'm always a bit of a skeptic when I try out home remedies (even though I do believe some of them work), so when I hit on one that seems to have some success, I'm always pretty impressed. The logical voice inside of me says that I was probably a bit dehydrated, the warmth of the tea soothed my nerves, and there was perhaps something in the raspberry leaves that did a little bit to restore something in my body that was lacking - all working together for a perfectly reasonable explanation as to why I would mysteriously get better. After researching a little bit about raspberry tea, I got a pretty good idea as to how it may have helped me: raspberry tea not only contains anti-inflammatory properties, but it is a great antioxidant - meaning that it protects the body from free radicals. I don't have it down to a specific science, but I'm pretty sure that the combined properties of the tea may have been what gave me the relief I was hoping for.

Do you have a tried & true remedy that tea provides? How about a migraine remedy? Let me know if you try this out and it works for you!