Everybody suffers from headache and we know that the easiest way to get rid of it is to reach over for medication. However, today we are going to explain to you what causes headache and how can you alleviate pain in a more natural way.
According to Mayo Clinic headaches can be classified as primary and secondary.
The primary headaches are not a symptom of an underlying disease and it can be caused by chemical activity in the brain, or in muscles on the head and neck, dysfunction or over activity of pain-sensitive features in the head, and so on.
The most common primary headaches are:
- cluster headache,
- tension headache,
- migraine (with and without aura),
- trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia together with cluster headache and paroxysmal hemicrania.
Secondary headaches, on the other hand, are explained as a symptom of a disease that causes pain in the head.
There Are Several Factors That May Cause Such Headaches:
- changes in sleep or lack of it
- alcohol (red wine in particular)
- certain foods (processed meats that contain nitrates)
- skipped meals
- poor posture and so on
The following remedies that we are going to present are based on the books: Home Remedies: What Works and Earth Clinic – Headache Remedies.
Remedy 1 – Drink a glass of water
Very often headaches are caused by dehydration. The best way to hydrate your body is by drinking a lot of non-caffeinated beverages throughout the day like diluted fruit juice, plain water, lemon water, coconut water etc. Avoid any kind of sodas, including diet sodas because no-cal sweeteners very often cause headache.
Remedy 2 – Apply ice or heat
Try applying an icepack on your forehead as soon as you feel a headache. This might help because ice constricts blood vessels, which will reduce pain and inflammation. On the other hand, if you are sure that your muscles are very tense you should put a hot pack or a heating pad on your neck muscles.
Remedy 3 – Take a nap
The nap works best for migraines and tension headaches and the best way to go around it is to find a cool, dark and quiet place and sleep for 10-15 minutes. However, sleeping can make cluster headaches (stabbing pain around the eyes) even worse.
Remedy 4 – Take a walk
A little physical activity is always good, especially for tension headaches because in this way the muscles are relaxed. Get up, swing your arms and shake your legs, take a walk and get the blood flowing through the tensed muscles.
Remedy 5 – Massage the pain away
One of the best ways to get rid of headache is by rubbing the temples in a circular motion or massaging the neck and shoulders in order to relieve tension. Everybody loves massages, don’t you think?
Remedy 6 – Increase the magnesium levels in the body
The daily dose of magnesium is 400-700 mg. However, excessive magnesium taking can be dangerous and put a strain on the kidneys. Also low levels of magnesium are associated with headache. So, the best way is to eat foods rich in magnesium, such as: nuts, pumpkin seeds, seafood, cheese, sesame seeds, molasses, spinach, baked potatoes, bananas and broccoli.
Remedy 7 – Sip a shot of ACV
Doctors start to recommend apple cider vinegar more and more often as an excellent remedy for headache treatment. The recommend from a spoonful to a quarter cup – like a shot, dissolved in water or juice, just however you like it.
Remedy 8 – Sniff cayenne pepper
A very small amount of cayenne is sniffed up the nose, mixed with water and drank or put on the tip of the tongue as a remedy for cluster headaches. Let us inform you that this remedy is for the brave souls only!
Remedy 9 – Drink herbal tea
Herbal teas are famous for their soothing and relaxing effect. Popular herbs recommended for headaches and migraines are: peppermint, cayenne, chamomile, willow, feverfew and passionflower.
Remedy 10 – Relax with essential oils
The most famous essential oils for headache are eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint. Place one cup of warm water in a bowl and add 2-3 drops of these oils. With this mixture wet a washcloth and place it over your forehead. You may also add 2-3 drops of olive oil, jojoba oil or sweet almond oil to the previous mixture. Massage this oil mix into your temples.
Finally and most importantly, if you suffer from severe or chronic pain you must see a professional. These remedies are for informal purposes and are not to be used by everybody.