There comes a point in life when the world of exasperating bosses, late-night scanty sleep schedules, and heavy traffic jams takes a dig at us. It is when our classic cup of coffee defers to splitting headaches. So, what do you do when a bad day leads to a severe headache? The easy way out is to pop a painkiller or maybe to sip on some chamomile tea. But what to do when even these things fail to work. Worry not, we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of some natural home remedies that will zap the pain from your debilitating headache.
Ginger, The All-Rounder
Known as an elixir for headaches ginger is of great help for instant relief. It reduces the inflammation of blood vessels in the head, hence eases the pain. Since it stimulates digestion, it helps to curb nausea which occurs during a Migraine.
Wondering how to use this useful ingredient? It’s simple. Steep ginger root for tea or you can also mix ginger and lemon juice in equal quantity and drink it up. Consume this mixture once or twice daily. You can also make a paste of ginger powder and apply it on your forehead for a quick relief.
Soothe with Scent
Peppermint oil helps to open up clogged blood vessels with its refreshing scent. The menthol present in it helps to regulate blood flow in the body. Another option is to make a herbal tea by adding one spoon of dried peppermint to a cup of boiling water. Cover it and keep aside for 10 minutes. Now, strain the tea and add some honey to sweeten it. Sip it slowly and your headache will vanish.
Not just good to inhale, Lavender Oil is also a great remedy for alleviating headaches. Just add a few drops of the oil on a tissue, inhale it and see the magic. Another option is to add 2 drops of Lavender Oil to 2 cups of boiling water and just inhale the steam. You can also mix 2 or3dropsof it with almond oil and massage your forehead with it.
Wondering how this miracle ingredient can help you treat headaches? Let me help: Take some cinnamon powder and add some water to make a thick paste. Apply the mixture to your forehead and temples. Wash it off with some lukewarm water after 30 minutes.
Make Some Time For Thyme
Dab a drop or two of Thyme essential oil on your forehead and temples. Rub it gently into the skin and sit quietly for some time to let this home remedy work.
There are a few exercises that can help reduce the intensity of a headache by simply stretching your head and neck. Move your chin left and right, Upwards and downwards and bend your neck sideways towards shoulders. You can also try moving your neck in clockwise and anticlockwise directions to help your shoulder and neck muscles relax.
Heat Up or Cool Down?
I know its hard to believe but soaking your feet in hot water also helps to get rid of a headache. You can add some hot mustard powder to the water in case of a severe headache. You can also place a washcloth dipped in hot water over your head for a few minutes. Repeat the process several times to get relief from a headache.
Applying an ice pack to the back of your neck can help you get some relief from a migraine since ice helps to reduce inflammation that contributes to a headache. Ice also has a numbing effect on the pain.
Crazy for Cloves
Cloves are used to ease a throbbing headache due to its pain relieving properties. Put two drops of clove oil in a tablespoon of coconut oil. Add some sea salt and gently massage your forehead and temples with it. You can also crush a few cloves and keep them in a clean handkerchief. Inhale the smell of these crushed cloves whenever a headache strikes.
Basil is the Best
Basil is a strong-scented herb having many analgesic benefits. The herb is often used as a natural headache treatment. Add 3-4 fresh basil leaves into a cup of boiling water and let it simmer for a few minutes. Now add a little honey to the mixture and sip it slowly. You can also chew some fresh basil leaves to get instant relief.
Apple a day keeps a Migraine away!
Both Apple and Apple Cider vinegar are very effective to fight off a headache. They help our body to maintain the acid-alkaline balance. Mix half a cup of Apple cider vinegar with half a cup of water. Pour the mixture into a saucepan, cover the saucepan and bring the mixture to boil. Remove it from heat and cover your head with a towel. Now, inhale the steam slowly to get an instant relief from your headache.
When you wake up with a headache, try eating a piece of apple sprinkled with salt and have some warm water after that. Or you can mix two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and add some honey and lemon juice to it. Consume this drink twice or thrice a day!