ost of the promising research on the beneficial effects of ginger for migraine used supplements that contain ginger extract or dried ginger powder. Therefore, ginger supplements are the most likely form of ginger to alleviate symptoms of headaches and migraines.

A typical dose is a 550 mg capsule at the first sign of a headache. This dose may be repeated once or twice. You can look for ginger supplements in pharmacies, food stores, and online.

Although it’s not common, some people who take ginger supplements can have mild side effects, including:

  • heartburn
  • gas
  • irritation of the throat or mouth
  • diarrhea
  • flushed skin
  • rash

These side effects are more likely when higher doses are taken.

Apply ginger essential oil to your temples

Massaging ginger oil into the skin decreases pain in people with arthritis and back pain, and may also help to reduce pain from headaches.

For a migraine attack or tension headache, try massaging a few drops of the diluted ginger oil into your temples, forehead, and back of the neck once or twice daily.

The aroma from the oil may also reduce nausea that commonly occurs with migraine. Try placing a drop of ginger oil on a tissue, gauze pad, or cotton ball and inhaling. You might also try adding one to two drops of oil into a warm bath or steam diffuser.

Pure essential ginger oil can be found in pharmacies, grocery stores, or purchased online. Steer clear of perfumed or ginger-scented oils. Before applying to your skin, dilute the oil by placing one to two drops of ginger oil into a tablespoon of a carrier oil. Learn more about carrier oils.