Home Remedies for Headache
In our present-day world, where excessive dependency on medication has become a part of life, it is better to switch over to home remedies for common medical problems. Traveling back from work, the blaring noise coming from passing vehicles made my headaches pound even harder. All I wished to do was reach home, lie down on the bed after having a painkiller. This happened pretty often.
After having conversations with my friends and fellow travelers, I realized that I am not the only one suffering from these persistent headaches. One particular day, after reaching home with a terrible headache, I lay down on the bed and reached for my painkiller . . . the medicine strip was empty. It was a nightmare. My headache intensified and I could not do anything about it.
That was it! The next day I knew I had to find alternate ways to avoid and treat my headaches. These natural cures have really helped me and the need to take a traditional painkiller is now minimal.
Here are some of the home remedies for headaches. Believe me, they can help you too:
1. Drink Lots and Lots of Water
A little research told me that dehydration is not the only cause, but is a common cause of headaches. Dehydration also exacerbates headaches. While we are busy working or doing our daily chores we often forget to drink sufficient water. A well-hydrated body has better energy levels and is also less prone to headaches. Drink lots of water! Keep a bottle of water handy at all hours.
2. Essential oil Massage
Peppermint essential oil is a very effective headache cure, many people swear by it (including me). Peppermint essential oil is quite strong; hence, it needs to be diluted. Take a small bottle, and mix peppermint essential oil with carrier oil such as olive oil. Keep it handy and massage it gently on your head whenever you feel a headache making way. For a soothing effect you can also mix lavender essential oil along with peppermint essential oil in carrier oil.
3. Tie a Headband
After massaging the head with peppermint essential oil tie a headband tightly across the temple. The reason is yet unknown but it does help.
4. Breathe Slowly
Someone told me that the reason for my headache is that I do not breathe properly. I chuckled, thinking that I breathe all the time so how can I be doing it wrong. But I was yet again proven wrong. When we exhale we exhale out toxins from our body and especially the brain.
The deeper we breathe in and exhale out the better we rid our brain of these toxins, thus eliminating the cause of headaches. However, we tend to take very short breaths in our everyday lives. The proper way to breathe is to slowly fill our stomach with air and exhale out gently.
Or simply, practice breathing exercises for ten minutes each day to free your brain of the toxins as well as improve blood circulation. All you have to do is to sit comfortably, play some soothing music and breathe real slowly for ten minutes. You can also practice yogic breathing exercises to improve your overall health and relieve headaches in the long run.
Ginger has a small amount of antihistamine and is known to reduce inflammation which helps treat headaches especially migraine headaches. To reduce headaches take a small piece of raw ginger and chew it slowly or sip on a ginger tea.
Caution: Do not take ginger if you suffer from gallstones.
Conclusion: Home remedies for headaches
Frequent headaches may occur on account of habitual intake of food that is hot in nature, poor sleep, constipation, inadequate intake of liquids, high blood pressure etc. With the above natural cures for headache you can bid farewell to painkillers forever!