Ginger root has been used as a medicinal plant for centuries. It is particularly effective in helping to ease headaches to due colds, viruses and sinus infections. Ginger controls inflammation and this can greatly help to reduce the pain associated with headaches. Fresh ginger can be crushed and added to boiling water to create a tea, alternatively crushed ginger added to water can also be inhaled. Both forms work to reduce the intensity of headaches.