Wednesday, March 2, 2016

10 Natural Home Remedies for Headaches That Work

Headache and migraine are very common and you experience it every now and then.  During headaches you have a feeling of tense neck, shoulder and head scalp, on the other hand, migraines (pulsating headache) are often on one side of the head with pulsating pain. The symptoms in both the cases vary from person to person, and from one attack to another.

The question is what causes headache?

Home remedies for headaches and migraines
Headaches
The headaches are of four categories:
  1. Tension headaches are usually caused by muscle contraction in your neck, shoulders, scalp or jaw. Improper posture can also cause tension headaches. The headache is caused if you are stressed and tired, or you are in as intense noise or light.
  2. Migraines are caused by changes in the brain and blood vessels and tend to be concentrated on only one side of the head. It becomes worse when you talk or cough or move. Pain, nausea and visual disturbance are associated with migraine.
  3. Cluster headaches usually starts width out any warning, first at a lower intensity and then increasing that can last for several hours. The pain is usually in and around one eye or one side of face.
  4. Sinus headaches are concentrated behind the cheekbones or brow bone or both. This is due to the buildup of pressure within sinuses of the skull.
Types of Headaches - migraine, tension, sinus, Cluster
Types of Headaches - Migraine, Tension, Sinus, Cluster

Headaches and migraine pain are often due to poor blood flow.

  1. Some foods like alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, cheese, nuts, fermented meats and aspartame present in many artificially sweetened foods are responsible for headaches. Some of these foods contain chemicals such as (phenylethylamine, tyramine) which can trigger headache. MSG (monosodium glutamate) can also induce headache.
  2. If your daily diet consists of too much corn, dairy, eggs, gluten or soy, this may cause inflammation in the body, leading to headaches symptoms.
  3. Excessive working on computer and mobile phone, and watching TV for long can cause pain in neck and head. The bad posture can cause long-term muscle problems causing headaches. I often experience pain in my head, forehead, scalp and eyes after working on laptop for long time.
  4. Watching movies for long and sitting in too loud sounds can trigger the problem.
  5. During winter times, if you can have a headache if you have cold.
  6. A drop in blood sugar level in the body can start headaches be a source of irritation.
  7. Prolonged tension and worries are definitely the reasons of headaches.

Managing Your Headaches At Home

Most people, take an over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) tablet to kill the pain. But these medicines cause side effects, especially stomach aches, if you take them longer.

Fortunately, there are several home treatments that can help alleviate pain due to headaches and migraine. Following is a list of 10 natural home remedies that actually work, probably the best headache cures that will remove your pain.

1. Ginger, The First Choice

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger helps to reduce inflammation of the blood vessels in the head providing relief from the pain. Ginger stimulates digestion, so it is very helpful if you have nausea.

To help relieve headaches, drink ginger tea.  Boil a small piece of ginger root in water and mix lemon juice and drink 2-3 times a day. You can also add ginger powder or fresh ginger root in making your normal tea.

2. Cinnamon, A Helping Medical Herb

Cinnamon, a spice is used in India and many other countries as a medical herb that can effectively treat many symptoms including headaches.

Boil a cup of water and add some cinnamon powder, ginger powder and lemon juice and drink. It will relieve nausea and headache.

Make a paste of cinnamon powder in water and apply it on your forehead and temples. Wash after half an hour.
Cinnamon stick and powder are good for treating headaches.
Cinnamon Sticks and Powder

3. Say Yes To A Cold Pack

A cold pack to your head or neck helps reduce inflammation that contributes to headaches. Apply cold towel or an ice pack to the head or back of your neck that hurts for 15 minutes to get relief. You can place a cloth dipped in ice cold over your scalp for 5 minutes to get rid of pain.
Apply an ice pack to the base of your skull and top of your neck to reduce headaches radiating around the front of your head and face.

4. Basil Oil

Basil works as a muscle relaxant and analgesic, so it can be a useful home remedy for the treatment of headache caused by tension and tight muscles.
To cure your headache, eat some fresh basil leaves.
Put 4-5 fresh basil leaves in a cup of boiling water and add a teaspoon honey and sip it slowly. You could add a feew basil leaves in your normal tea.

5. Enjoy The Essential Oils

Essential oils like Peppermint oil and lavender oil have been used for centuries for home remedies for a number of illnesses. Simply smell the soothing scent of an essential oil is a miraculous solution to alleviating headache. However, these oils are very concentrated, so they should nodt touch dthe body of infants or small children.

5a. Peppermint Essential Oil

Take 1 tablespoon of water and add 3-4 drops of peppermint oil, mix well. Apply it on your forehead, temples and the back of your neck with a cotton ball dipped in the solution. Repeat it 3-4 times. You should get relief in about half an hour. This should provide relief in about 30 minutes, if not reapply.

Add some dried peppermint to a cup of boiling water, add some lemon juice and sip the tea slowly to relieve pain due to tension and sinus problem.

5b. Lavender Essential Oil

A simple home remedy for headaches and migraine pain is dto put a few drops of lavender oil on a tissue paper and inhale it or add a few drops in a cup of boiling water and inhale the steam the vapors. This is a sure headache treatment.
Mix a few drops drops in one tablespoon of olive oil and massage your forehead.

5c. Thyme and Rosemary Essential oil

Rub a cotton ball with a 1-2 drops of thyme or rosemary essential oil on on your forehead  and temples to relieve headache pain.

6. Chew Some Cloves

Cloves, due to their anti-inflammatory, anesthetic and pain-relieving properties can be used to ease a headache. Slowly chew a clove very slowly and swallow its juice.
Just inhaling the smell of crushed cloves can get you relief from the pain.

Mix a few drops of clove oil in some salt and coconut oil and gently massage your temples and forehead. Or grind a few cloves in vegetable oil, and apply on forehead.
Cloves can reduce headaches.
Cloves are good for relieving headache.

7. Give It a Try To Apples and Apple Cider Vinegar

Eating apples and apple cider vinegar daily help maintain the acid-alkaline balance in the body.
Take a glass of full of water and add 2-3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, some honey and  lemon juice. Drinking this mixture 2 - 3 times in the day is sufficient to say good bye a headache or a migraine.
Add half cup of apple cider vinegar in boiling water in a pan and slowly inhale the steam until the headache subsides. It is very good remedy to get instant relief from sinus headaches.
You can simply eat an apple with salt sprinkled on it, followed by drinking some warm water.

8. Eat Some Flaxseeds

The headaches caused by inflammation can be reduced by consuming omega-3 fatty acids. So eat some omega-3 rich flaxseed as a home remedy for headache.

9. Massage Away A Headache

This is a very common way of relieving headaches. We all massage our forehead and scalp to alleviate pain due to headache and migraine.
Several trigger points on your head, neck and upper back can be massaged to get relief from your headache.

Work on your trapezius muscles (one on either side of your spine, in the shape of a triangle from the top of your neck to your shoulder to the middle of your back), posterior neck muscles (between the base of your skull down to your shoulder blades) and temporalis muscles (on the sides of your head, going from your upper jaw, over the top of your ear and then back behind your ear). Move your fingers tip near the muscle areas where you feel discomfort.

10. Hydrate Yourself

Dehydration is a common trigger for migraines. Drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated. An adult should drink eight glasses water per day, and more if you are exercising or if it is very hot day.
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2 comments:
  1. Migraines and headaches, such as tension headache and sinus headache, are very painful. So this post can be a useful one for everyone who are suffering a lot with these type of headaches as me.

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