Down with a headache? Increasing numbers of people these days suffer from it. Also, more and more people are turning to natural remedies rather than popping pills. Which is great, because unless your headache relates to an underlying condition and is extremely severe, home remedies can often help minus the side effects. Here are 5 time tested natural remedies for headache worth trying.
5 Quick, Simple and Relaxing Remedies For Headache
1. Steam Inhalation
Steam inhalation can be a very quick remedy for headache caused by common colds. It’s especially effective when you add decongesting and nerve-soothing essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, jasmine, rosemary, and lavender oils. It’s rather easy to do too. Boil a pot of water, then place it on a table. Add 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil (you could also use the others mentioned). Sit in front of the pot with a towel covering your head and the pot. Inhale and relax.
2. Aromatherapy + Sleep
Perhaps among the easiest remedies for headache, sleep can be a powerful healer. Science proves that while you’re asleep, your body releases chemicals that enable healing to take place. So when you’re down with a headache, light up some soothing incense. Scents like that of camphor, peppermint, sandalwood, lavender, and jasmine are age-old Ayurvedic remedies for stress headaches. Add one of these essential oils to your diffuser. And then, go to bed before 10 pm. Chances are that you will wake up feeling much better the next day.
Acupressure offers pretty quick relief from headache of various kinds. It releases energy blockages that work to relieve pain as well as solve the underlying causes. It stimulates the flow of ‘chi’ or life energy. Some acupressure points are:
- Gates of Consciousness
- Wind Mansion
- Drilling Bamboo
- Heaven’s Pillar
- Bigger Pushing
You can read about them here.
Yoga is another excellent remedy for headaches. It stimulates blood circulation, calms the nervous system, boosts energy levels, helps you sleep better, busts stress, and also fixes hormonal imbalances. Pranayama, which involves practising breathing techniques, can go a long way in relieving pain and tension. There are various yoga poses and Pranayama techniques that help:
- Corpse pose (Savasana)
- Head to knee pose (Janusirasana)
- Downward dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
- Bridge pose (Setu Bandhasana)
- Standing forward bend (Paschimottanasana)
- Brahmi Pranayama (Bee breathing)
Remember that it’s important to learn these from a trained expert to avoid injury and worsening your condition. Many yoga poses can harm those suffering from conditions like spondylitis, high blood pressure, and vertigo.
An often overlooked remedy for headache, water and liquids are extremely effective. Dehydration is a common cause and aggravator of heat headaches during the summer. So, make sure that you drink enough water. The generally recommended daily intake is around 3.7 litres for men and 2.7 litres for women. Coconut water is another great option since it contains electrolytes. But stay away from caffeine and carbonated drinks.
Note: This article is solely for the purpose of sharing information. Please do not substitute it for professional medical advice. Before using anything as a medicine, always consult your doctor.