Natural remedies for migraines are hit or miss for many, but they are always worth trying, due to their safer qualities. While some rely on prescriptions and over the counter remedies, natural remedies are gaining speed thanks to articles and TV doctors who tout their usage. Ginger is one of the most popular – but does it really work? Many swear that it does, and studies are actually showing that it may.

According to Migraine.com, ginger has been used for at least 2,000 years as a natural remedy for nausea, diarrhea, upset stomach and to aid digestion. Some research suggests that as early as the 1500’s ginger was used in Asian cultures. Ginger is well known for combating nausea. In fact, numerous supplements designed to combat nausea contain ginger extract. So, this makes it great for the nausea effects that a migraine can cause. But is there something more there than just nausea treatment?

Yes. Ginger contains more than 200 substances in its oils, which is why it has so many different uses. It is believed that ginger may block prostiglandins, which stimulate some muscle contractions, control inflammation and impact some hormones. Therefore migraines may be prevented and stopped by ginger stifling the action of prostiglandins. While ginger oil is strong (and hard to find), you can simply use powdered or crystallized ginger, ginger candy, ginger tea, or fresh ginger in its place. You will still get the healing ability – but without the fuss of finding it.

Studies have found that ginger is helpful for migraine relief. In one study, a ginger pill was found to have a 65% effective rate after two, as compared to 36% for a placebo pill. However, after two hours only 19% of those who took the ginger pill had complete relief. Some relief is better than none, right? Of course – but you may want to add another natural remedy in with ginger.

Feverfew is combined in many cases, and in many pills and teas. This natural anti-inflammatory is great for headaches and body aches. Peppermint is also great, as it is used in tea and oil form for headaches and nausea. Black pepper is great for relief, as well. Simply putting a finger-full in between your bottom lip and gum can bring you headache relief fast. An ice pack applied to the front of your neck can also calm headache pain. There are many ways to supplement the effects of ginger to combat migraine relief – and the best part is that they are all safe to use together.