Food'n'drink Health

The headache

I had a headache the other day.

Paracetomol didn’t help.

Lying down for a rest didn’t help.

A cup of tea… that made it go away. Ahhh… tea.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

6 replies on “The headache”

I just spent 4 weeks in the USA. Wish they would learn how to make a decent cuppa. Gave up trying to get one in a restaurant and had to resort to using my coffee maker in hotel rooms and storing my milk either in a sink of cold water or an ice bucket.

Tea is the universal panacea – the cure to most of life’s ills, IMHO. Nothing seems as bad once you’ve got a nice cuppa tea in front of you.

And you might be interested to note that there is actually some basis in medical research for the effect you observed – the small amount of caffeine in tea, combined with the tannins, can act to relieve some causes of headache. See

Sometimes tea is the only thing that will do. I think it’s a real comfort thing – a pot of strong tea, made from real tea leaves (Lan Choo, for preference – it’s what my great granny used) and a little bit of milk.
As a kid I could never understand why adults drank tea when they were thirsty; surely a hot drink wouldn’t help you. Now I am old and wise I understand!

Tea is good. I am sometimes envious of other people and the coffee they ‘have to have’ – but I’m like Niki – a pot of strong tea is always welcome. But I have become something of a tea snob – most tea bags don’t cut it anymore!

I read in some forwarded junks to me that diluting 100Plus (Asia’s equivalent of Gatorade I think, only lot less sweet) with water for headache works wonders. I have yet to try…

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