There comes a point in life where our deadlines, work, social life, and everything else in between, take a toll on us. It’s when even our cup of tea can’t solve that splitting headache. So, what do we do when our horrible day surrenders to the migraines? While popping a pill may seem like the easiest solution, we have 10 natural home remedies for you.
Ginger is a home remedy for instant relief. It helps reduce inflammation of the blood vessels in the head, hence easing the pain. It also stimulates digestion and helps quell the nausea which occurs during migraines. But how should you use it? Add some ginger to your tea or drink equal parts of ginger juice mixed with lemon juice at least twice a day.
You can use either peppermint or lavender oil if you prefer something with a better smell. Peppermint oil helps open up clogged blood vessels and contains menthol which helps regulate blood flow in the body. You can either breathe it in orally or add three drops to a tablespoon of almond oil, mix it with water and rub your temples with it. You can also add the leaves to your tea. Similarly, while lavender oil cannot be taken orally, you can put a few drops on a tissue and inhale it or add some oil to your steam.
Grind some cinnamon sticks into a powder and add some water to make a thick paste. Apply it on your forehead and temples and lie down for 30 minutes. Then wash it off with lukewarm water. It’s definitely a miracle worker.
Dab a drop or two of thyme oil on each temple and on your forehead. Rub gently into the skin, then sit quietly for several minutes to let this home remedy work. Thank us, later!
Exercises to stretch your neck and head can help reduce the intensity of your headache. Move your chin upwards and downwards, left and right, and bend your neck sideways towards each shoulder. You can also try to slowly rotate the neck in clockwise and anticlockwise directions to help the shoulder and neck muscles relax.
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Apply a cold ice pack to the back of your neck to reduce inflammation that contributes to headaches and gives a numbing effect. Or, soak your feet in hot water!
Cloves have cooling and pain-relieving qualities that can treat throbbing headaches. Just crush a few cloves and put them in a sachet or a clean handkerchief. Inhale the smell of the crushed cloves whenever you have a headache until you get some relief from the pain.
The oil works as a muscle relaxant and helps get rid of headaches caused by tension and tight muscles. You can also put 3 or 4 fresh basil leaves in a cup of boiling water and let it simmer. Add a little honey and sip the tea slowly. You can also chew some fresh basil leaves or inhale the steam after boiling basil in a pot of water.
Both apples and apple cider vinegar can be used to treat headaches. Mix half cup of apple cider vinegar with half cup of water and boil the mixture in a covered saucepan. Remove from heat, hold a towel over your head and slowly inhale the steam. This will provide instant relief from sinus headaches. Or, if you wake up with a headache, eat a piece of apple sprinkled with salt, and drink some warm water after.
Yoga combines physical postures, breathing exercises and meditation to boost relaxation and regularly practising it can often prevent headaches.