Headaches are a common feature in our stressful lives.
However instead of popping in a pill that might trigger negative side-effects, try these quick, natural remedies to relieve headache:
Ginger gives instant relief from headache as it has the quality to reduce inflammation of blood vessels in the head. It also stimulates digestion and hence helps overcome the nauseating feeling associated with headache. You may drink ginger tea or ginger-lemon juice for easing pain of headache.
The refreshing scent of peppermint helps open up clogged blood vessels and the menthol in it regulates blood flow in the body. You may crush and apply peppermint leaves on the forehead or make herbal tea by adding 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves and honey to a cup of boiling water.
3. Lavender Oil:
Lavender oil is a great remedy for headache. Put a few drops of lavender oil in a tissue and keep inhaling it. The aroma will soothe your veins and blood vessels and thereby ease headache pain.
Cinnamon is an instant cure for headache as it eases muscle tension. Grind cinnamon sticks into powder and add some water to make a paste out of it. Apply the paste on your forehead and lie down for half-an-hour before washing it off with lukewarm water.
Basil is a muscle relaxant with calming and analgesic effects. Thus, it helps get rid of headache which is caused due to tension and tight muscles. Make a herbal tea with 4-5 basil leaves, honey and water or put some basil leaves in boiling water and inhale the steam.
Cloves has the ability to ease throbbing headache as it has cooling and pain-relieving properties. Inhale crushed cloves or make a balm with cloves, coconut oil and sea salt and apply on your forehead.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Apples as well as apple cider vinegar maintains the acid-alkaline balance in the body. If you have headache, eat a slice of apple with salt and drink a cup of warm water after that. If you want to go for apple cider vinegar, add two teaspoon of the same in a glass of water, mix some honey and lemon juice and drink up twice or thrice a day.
The menthol and menthone in mint leaves helps alleviate headache. Either apply mint juice on the forehead or drink mint tea to cure headache.
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. Ice pack:
Ice helps reduce inflammation and also it has a numbing effect on pain. Apply an ice pack on the back of your neck to get relief from headache caused due to migraine.
If dehydration is behind your headache, then rehydrate your body by taking small sips of water throughout the day. You may also go for sports drink containing electrolytes. Stay away from alcohol as it will only add to the dehydration.
Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.