What Cures Headaches? How To Cure Headache Naturally!
If you’ve ever had a headache, then you know it’s no fun. You might even be the kind of person who gets headaches a few times a week. It’s so natural that it’s almost like accepting that you need oxygen – it’s just a fact of life.
But the pain can be annoying, and sometimes really uncomfortable to the point that you just have to stop what you’re doing and lie down. Popping an OTC pill can offer relief – but do you really want to be taking pills so often? Not to mention, your body becomes immune to its effects after a while, leaving you on the search for a new drug. But there are natural ways to relieve your headache pain – or even stop it from occurring altogether. Read on for some home remedies you can do to kill off your headache without harming your body at the same time.
Peppermint And Lavender Essential Oil
We all know the signs: it’s one of those days when you’re a complete wreck and anything that can go wrong does. As the day goes on, that pounding in your head just keeps getting worse. Because stress is the trigger of many a headache, you’ll need to apply something that will help you calm down and ease your tension – thereby easing your headache as well. Enter peppermint and lavender essential oil.
Rubbing peppermint oil across your forehead and temples is known to be soothing. This is because it increases blood flow to your forehead. You can use lavender oil too. A few drops of lavender oil in a diffuser or a warm bath can calm your mind and relieve the pain from your headache as well. In fact, a headache is an inbuilt excuse to just lie in a warm, lavender-scented bath for an hour. I mean, it’s almost worth pretending you have a headache just for that!
Alternatively, add a few drops of lavender oil to a bowl of steaming water, cover your head and the bowl with a towel, and inhale.
Compress – Hot Or Cold
Do you choose hot or cold when you want to relieve a headache? Trick question – you can use either. The question of a compress – hot or cold – really depends what kind of a headache you have.
For tension headaches, you might prefer a hot water bottle on your neck or on the lower part of your head, near your neck. For migraine headaches, you might prefer an ice pack or cold compress on your forehead or temples. You might even like switching from one to the other. Try using one; if you see no relief, try the other and see if it works better for you. Every person and every headache are different.
Apples Or Apple Cider Vinegar
Apples or apple cider vinegar can also be helpful when it comes to relieving headaches. Interestingly, just smelling a cut green apple has been shown to relieve the pain of headaches in some people. If that doesn’t work for you, try eating an apple first thing in the morning if you feel a headache coming on. The flavonoids can help to lower your blood pressure levels, which results in headache relief.
And as we know, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Apple cider vinegar, a vinegar made from fermented apples, is known for its numerous health benefits. To use ACV for a headache, add ¼ cup of ACV to 2-3 cups water, and boil it. Pour the mixture into a bowl, put a towel over your head and the bowl, and inhale for around three to five minutes. Your headache should pass quickly. Only use organic ACV with the “mother”, as processed ACV has far fewer health benefits.
Ginger For Headaches
A known anti-inflammatory, ginger is being praised for its numerous disease-fighting benefits. These include its anti-cancer and anti-Alzheimer’s properties. On a smaller scale, though, it can also help relieve headaches, since a sinus headache is caused by inflammation in the sinuses. It can also calm you down, which can soothe the symptoms of a tension headache. Yes, the key to fighting that headache might well be in your spice cupboard right now!
To use ginger for a headache, boil up crushed fresh ginger with water, strain, and drink the liquid. You can also add some raw honey to make the taste more palatable and to provide additional health benefits.
Yoga For Headaches
Yoga is a great choice for relieving tension and easing blood flow, both of which are known to trigger headaches. If you’re suffering from a headache, it may just be that you need to strike a pose that will calm you down and get your blood circulating better. One such pose is known as the Downward Facing Dog:
- Start on your hands and knees, like a baby about to crawl.
- Align your wrists with your shoulders and your knees with your hips, and spread your fingers.
- Stretch out your elbows while keeping your hands pushed down firmly, and relax your upper back.
- Make sure you aren’t letting one hand hold all your body weight; both should be supporting an equal share.
- Lift your knees off the floor slowly and gently, straightening out your legs without locking your knees.
- Raise your pelvis and lengthen your spine until your body is making a triangle shape (with the bottom side of the triangle being the floor or yoga mat).
- Hold this pose for two minutes before gently bringing your knees back down to the floor until you are in your original crawling position.
This is just one of many yoga poses that you can do for your headache. If this doesn’t work for you, try another until you are able to find relief.
If you’re a “headache person”, first and foremost, visit your doctor to rule out anything dangerous. But if you want to go the natural route, or for the occasional headache, you’re likely to find relief in the ideas mentioned above. You only stand to gain. After all, they just take a few minutes of your time, and then you’ll be good to go for the day! Here’s to a happy, healthy, and headache-free winter.