Headaches are a common health condition that many people deal with daily. Ranging from uncomfortable to downright unbearable, they can disrupt your day-to-day life. There are different types of headaches such as cluster, tension, and migraine that exist with tension headaches being the most common while migraines are a severe type of headache. Although several medications are targeted at relieving headache symptoms, meanwhile several effective natural treatments also exist.
A lot of people turn to over-the-counter pain medications to get rid of a headache, but it can be possible to relieve a headache without medication. For example, staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, and applying cold and warm compresses methods at home are all home remedies that can help treat headache symptoms and give you some relief. In this article, you will know about headaches and how to treat the symptoms naturally.
Ginger is a home remedy for instant relief because it helps the body to reduce inflammation from the blood vessels in the head, hence easing the pain. Ginger also helps to stimulate digestion, it also helps subdue nausea which occurs during migraines. Are you contemplating how to use this ingredient as a home remedy for headaches?
• Steep ginger root for tea, or mix an equal proportion of ginger and lemon juice that drink up. You can consume this once or twice a day.
• You can also apply a paste of ginger powder and two(2) tablespoons of water on your forehead for some minutes to provide instant relief.
2. Timely Drinking Of Water
Dehydration can lead you to develop a headache. Research has shown that chronic dehydration is a common cause of tension headaches and migraines but the drinking of water has been proven to relieve headache symptoms in most dehydrated individuals within a few minutes.
Moreover, being dehydrated can blurt concentration and cause irritability making your symptoms seem even worse. To help avoid dehydration headaches, keep on drinking water throughout the day without waiting to be tasty before you drink water and you can also eat water-rich foods like watermelon.
3. Cold And Hot Compress
This remedy is good for those whose headaches come with a radiating pain that starts from one area and spreads to other parts, like migraine headaches, cold compresses can be placed over the spot from which the pains start simply because cold temperatures have a numbing effect(unable to feel sensation), which can reduce the pains.
• You can make your cold compress by placing a thone towel(moderately wet) in a freezer for about 10 minutes but you can also use an ice pack instead.
• Heat compress is also good for tension headaches, which often appears as the dull, aching head is a feeling of tightness around the forehead whiles tension headaches are normally caused by stress.
• Always relax your stiff neck and exercise the shoulder muscles to relieve control the headache. For example, heat packs or a hot towel can be placed over the neck and shoulder muscles to help relax the muscles as said earlier.
4. Take vitamins (Food supplements)
There are several vitamins Ir food supplements and herbal( natural) ways in preventing headaches either normal or severe ones especially migraines. The natural home remedies work to relieve headaches by improving your blood circulation by acting as an anti-inflammatory thereby providing enough oxygen to the various tissues providing muscle relaxation or offering instant pain relief.
5. Get Enough Sleep
Inadequate sleep can be hardmful to your health in so many ways and can even cause headaches in some people. For example, it is found that people who sleep less had more frequent and severe headaches than those that get enough sleep per night. For maximum benefits, one can have a sleep of seven (7) to nine (9) hours of sleep per night in other to control your headache.
Both apples and apple cider vinegar can be used to fight off a headache problem. They help regain the acid-alkaline balance in the body.
• Prepare it by mixing a half cup of apple cider vinegar with a half cup of water and boil the mixture in a covered saucepan after the mixture is boiled, remove it from heat and hold a towel over your head, and slowly inhale the steam. This will provide relief from sinus headaches.
• In case you wake up with a headache, just eat a piece of apple sprinkled with salt, and drink some warm water after eating the apple likewise you can also add two (2) teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water with honey and a splash of lemon juice.
• Drink it 2 or 3 times a day for good results.
7. Avoid Strong Smells
Strong odors such as those from perfumes, smoke, chemicals, and cleaning products( detergents) can cause certain individuals to develop headaches. People who experienced either migraine or tension headaches found that strong odors, especially perfumes, often initiate or trigger headaches.
If you think you may be sensitive to smells, avoiding perfumes, cigarette smoke and strongly scented foods may help lower your chance of getting a migraine.
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