If you have been a nutrition nut or natural living enthusiast for any amount of time you have heard of the many great things that apple cider vinegar can do for you. From helping dandruff to calming stinky feet, apple cider vinegar can seriously help you from head to toe. But new research is making us look twice at this tart and tangy liquid, and its effects on migraine headaches. New research is pointing to apple cider vinegar being a good natural remedy – but how? And does it really work?

Do you remember the old Mother Goose’s Melody? If not, it goes like this:

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down and broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after
Then up Jack got and home did trot
As fast as he could caper.
He went to bed and plastered his head
With vinegar and brown paper.

This is from 1781. Yup – 1781. So, was vinegar used in the olden days to help combat headaches? Apparently. The tannins in apple cider vinegar are pain relievers, but for some who are sensitive they can bring on a headache, or make an existing headache worse. If you are sensitive to tannins (black tea contains tannins, as well), avoid this. If not, taking apple cider vinegar (or plastering your head with brown paper and vinegar) may help ease symptoms.

It isn’t just migraines that apple cider vinegar can help, but all types of headaches. Cluster headaches, sinus headaches, tension and stress headaches, and rebound headaches (a headache that comes as the result of using too much pain reliever) can all benefit from apple cider vinegar. But aside from plastering your head with wet paper, how do you take it?

First off, do not take it straight! No matter what you read or are told, apple cider vinegar can cause mouth and throat sores if it is not diluted. The most popular method is to mix two tablespoons into an 8 ounce glass of water. You can add in honey if you need something to help with the taste – because it is super bitter and tangy. Another way for those who are afraid to take it internally is to use it in a vaporized manner. For this, you will simply boil equal parts water and apple cider vinegar until boiling. Remove it from the heat, and inhale it for ten minute with a towel draped over your head, to keep the vapors from floating elsewhere.

Apple cider vinegar – for many people – is an excellent natural migraine and headache remedy. Be sure to discuss this with your doctor if you are taking any medication or have any type of digestion issue, as this may aggravate matters for some.