Having a headache can disrupt your daily activities, and most times we reach out for a painkiller to quickly do away with a pounding headache. When you have a headache, you feel tense in the neck, scalp, and shoulders, and at times they headaches become more pulsating hence migraines. Headaches can be caused by a number of factors such as late nights, stress, and illness such as sinus infection, food allergies, and eye strain amongst others.
Taking over the counter painkillers only deals with the symptoms but doesn’t deal with the primary cause of a headache. Moreover, depending on pain killers always is not the best way out as you risk the chance of becoming dependent on them. However, there are natural remedies for treating headaches, and they are not harmful to the body, and one can’t be addicted to them.
Below are 5 natural remedies for treating headache:
Ginger offers instant relief to headaches as it helps reduce inflammation of the blood vessels in the head, hence reducing the pain and also suppresses nausea which is caused when having a migraine. Gently steam pieces of ginger in water to make ginger tea or even mix ginger juice with lemon juice and drink. You can also chop up the ginger (after peeling the outer brown layer) and swallow it down with some water. Usually about a Tbsp is sufficient.
Use lavender oil
Lavender oil is known to be a sedative and a mood stabilizer hence being effective in treating headaches and migraines. Pour a few drops of lavender on a tissue or add to boiling water, inhale it and the aroma will help you relax. You may also massage your forehead with lavender oil mixed its olive oil or almond oil. You may also want todiffuse it as well.
Do basic stretches
Stress and tension can cause headaches, so you need to relax, breathe and stretch your neck and head to help reduce the headache intensity. Bend your neck sideways towards each shoulder and also move your chin upwards and downwards, left and right. Rotating the neck clockwise and anti-clockwise helps in relaxing the neck and shoulder muscles. Doing yoga also helps because as you stretch out your muscles, you get to drop the tension levels hence reducing tension headaches. While breathing, take deep, full breaths that start from your diaphragm and fill up your lungs as this ensures that fresh oxygen gets to circulate through the blood hence relaxing your mind and body.
Instead of sitting down and worrying about the headache, you need to get up and start moving outside where there is fresh air. You can jog or run around, and this will help you loosen any tight muscles that are causing the headache. Exercising also helps release endorphins, which dull the uncomfortable headache sensation. Even something like Tai Chi can be helpful.
Apply hot or cold compressions
Some headaches are caused by the expanded blood vessels that press on the nerves, hence applying cold or hot compresses helps constrict the vessels and relieves the pressure causing the headache. For a tension or an anxiety headache, a cold or hot compressor will tighten up the muscles pinching on the nerves and also enlarge the blood vessels. At times, soaking your feet in hot water will help get rid of a headache.