headache

I know, when you see an article to cure headache naturally, many will want to follow whatever that is mentioned to get rid of the most nagging and irritating pain from their body. Even though many people say it is okay to have a headache, only people who suffer from it know how hard it is to stay alert with a headache. It hurts a lot.

There can be many reasons that causes headache such as physiological changes, constriction of blood vessels, abnormal neuron activity, genetic causes, excessive smoking, excessive drinking, dehydration, oversleeping, overuse of pain killers, eye strain, neck strain, and many others.

As it affects people very frequently, it is better to opt for natural treatments rather than consuming tablets/medicine since it might reduce the immunity towards the disease.

Drink lots of water

In many cases dehydration may be the cause of headache. It is always good to consume a lot of water, to avoid getting headache. When you have a headache just drink two or three glasses of water slowly, by sipping from a comfortable container. Slow intake of water will help your body absorb it smoothly.

Head ache should be gone in a few minutes. If not, you should try our other solutions.

Ginger

Headaches occur mainly because of inflammation in the tissues/blood vessels in your head. Ginger is a rich anti-inflammatory ingredient which can help you reduce the inflammation.

How to consume

  • Take the extract of ginger. Mix it with water and lime for taste.
  • Chew on raw ginger for immediate relief.
  • Ginger powder can be mixed in water to form a paste. This paste can be applied on the forehead and washed off once dried
  • Hot ginger tea

Ginger lemon tea

Increase Vitamin B2 and Magnesium

Researchers have found that people who are deficient in magnesium and Vitamin B2 suffer more headaches than people who are not deficient. It is advised to consult a physician for correct dosage and for the frequency of consumption.

Peppermint oil

Peppermint oil helps you relax and get rid of headaches.

How to use

  • Apply peppermint oil on the forehead and the temples for better relief.
  • Add few drops of peppermint oil in boiling water and inhale the steam.

Basil leaves

Basil leaves work like a miracle for people who have mild headache. Basil will help when used during the initial stage, when the pain starts. It may not be immediately effective once pain increases. Basil works like a muscle relaxer.

How to use

  • Chew on a few basil leaves.
  • Add 4 to 5 basil leaves in hot water and boil it. Once it has cooled down, add honey and drink it like a tea.
  • You can also add basil leaves in boiling water and inhale the steam.

Basil

Ice pack

Ice pack is a good solution when you get headache because of muscle strain or stress. It helps to reduce inflammation in the strained area.

How to use

  • Apply the ice pack in the pain area directly (which is other than head and temples)
  • Keep the ice pack on the shoulders and neck for relaxing and soothing effect
  • Keeping an ice pack directly on the head may not be the best option as it might increase the pain. If you do want to try that, not more than 5 to 10 seconds.
  • You can also keep a wet cloth on your forehead and keep wetting it until you feel better.

Apple

Apple helps you to stabilize the alkaline content in your body and thus reduces headaches.

How to consume

  • Eat an apple every day in the morning by sprinkling little salt or cinnamon on it.
  • You can add apple cider vinegar to water and drink it.

Apple

Mint Extract

Menthol is one of the compounds present in mint leaves and they are very effective in reducing pain.

How to use

  • You can crush the leaves and add to your meal.
  • You can take the extract (by grinding the leaves) and apply it directly on the forehead.
  • Mint oil can also help you reduce headache when it is applied on the forehead.

Cloves

Cloves are very effective in reducing headaches that are caused due to tension and stress.

How to use

  • You can apply clove oil on your forehead and massage it nicely
  • You can inhale the fragrance of freshly crushed cloves by keeping them in a towel. Keep the towel handy.

Soak your foot

When you have time for a foot bath, this is one of the most relaxing ways to get rid of headache.

  • Immerse your foot in warm water.
  • Add few drops of lavender oil, as the fragrance helps you relax.

Footbath

The warm water will ease the blood vessels and the pressure on the blood vessels in your head will come down.  This not only reduces headaches, but also gives you healthy and pretty feet!!

Kripa Sivasubramanian, MBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. After a long stint in the Technology sector, she took up courses in natural medicine and yoga. Ms. Kripa is certified in Ayurvedic yoga for Dosha. She is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.