People who have experienced headaches know that they can be extremely painful. You cannot do anything, let alone think clearly. It can hinder your ability to work and perform daily tasks.
A headache that rarely occurs can go away with a pain killer. But people who get headaches on a regular basis cannot pop a pill every time it happens. First of all, medicines are not your body’s best friend and have their own consequences. Secondly, for some people, medicines are not enough, and they are left with a throbbing pain in the head that doesn’t go away.
What Causes A Headache?
Headaches have different types that are caused by various reasons.
- The most common reason is stress. When you feel stressed out, you can develop a headache that acts as a pressure band around your forehead.
- Another reason the headache occurs is when your eyesight is weak. The strain on your eyes causes a headache around your eyes.
- Some people can get a headache because of their flu or because of inflamed sinuses.
- There are some headaches that occur because of an illness. However, that happens rarely, and if it is the case, you need to go to a doctor.
How Can You Get Rid Of A Headache Naturally?
Treating your headaches naturally is the best idea because it always works, and there are no side effects.
Try Herbal Remedies
There are a lot of naturally existing plants that can help with headaches. You can consume these herbs in the form of a tea or smoke them. One example of such plants is ginger. The ginger root contains anti-inflammatory properties that target the sore parts in our bodies. Ginger also has antioxidants.
A study was done on people with chronic migraines. It found that taking 250 mg of ginger powder was effective, just like any other conventional headache medication. Ginger can also reduce nausea and vomiting, which are common symptoms associated with headaches. You can take the ginger powder in the form of a capsule form or drink the ginger tea (which most of the people do). Ginger is also an excellent agent to reduce the swelling of sinuses (something that may cause a headache).
Another example of medicinal herbs is cannabis or marijuana. Marijuana can help ease headaches, especially migraines. But you need to make sure you know the weed measurements before you begin using it.
The first thing I do, as I sense a headache coming, is to drink lots and lots of water. We often underestimate water when it is an essential component of our life. Our body is mostly made up of water and cannot live without it for more than 3 to 4 days. That can tell you how much it relies on water.
If there is dehydration, many body functions can shut done. One effect of dehydration is a severe headache, which means you need to bring your body’s water level back to normal. Even if dehydration is not the cause of your headache, you still need to drink lots of water. Drinking water has been linked with relieving headaches within a few hours. If you have a headache already, being dehydrated can make your symptoms even worse.
Increase Your Magnesium Intake
Magnesium is a mineral that is necessary for many functions in our body. It controls our nerve transmission and blood sugar, which is why when there isn’t enough magnesium in the body, there may be some adverse effects.
Magnesium has been shown as a safe and effective remedy for headaches. Magnesium deficiency is more in people who get migraines frequently. Oral magnesium every day can help reduce the severity and frequency of your headaches. If you are going to take magnesium supplements, it is best to start with a smaller dose to get your body used to it.
Get Proper Sleep
When you get a headache, your first instinct is going to sleep and getting some rest. It is probably the best thing you can do as headaches will rarely let you get anything else done.
For some people, lack of sleep can be the reason for a headache. If you are not getting enough sleep, there is a chance that exhaustion is causing the headache; however, the lack of sleep is not the only reason for a headache. Sometimes, getting too much sleep can also trigger a headache. If you are experiencing the latter issue, try to limit your sleep to 8 to 9 hours per night.
Get a Massage
A massage of the head and neck can relieve your headache. A lot of people use essential oils to massage their neck and back as it provides relief. Essential oils are concentrated liquids with aromatic compounds. There are many therapeutic benefits of essential oils. They are mostly used topically, but you can also ingest them if you want.
Some of the popular essential oils are that of lavender and peppermint. They are especially helpful when you have a headache. Lavender oil is effective at reducing migraine pain when it is applied to the upper lip or is inhaled. When you apply peppermint essential oil to your temples in case of a tension headache, it can reduce the headache-related symptoms.
Use a Cold Compress
A cold compress can effectively reduce your headache symptoms. When you apply a cold or frozen compress to your neck or head area, it decreases the inflammation. As the inflammation reduces, it slows down the nerve conduction. All of this, in turn, helps reduce headache pain.
A study was conducted in which women were taken as subjects. A cold gel pack was applied to women with migraine, and they experienced a significant reduction in migraine pain.
Making a cold compress is not tricky. Put some ice in a plastic bag and wrap it in a cloth or a towel. Apply the compress on your head or temples for headache relief.
Use these tips and let us know if they helped you get rid of your headache! Get well soon!
Jack is a psychotherapist and neurodegenerative disorders’ expert. He has been practising in New York for 25 years now, and since then he has been fighting to make marijuana legal in the United States for it comes with numerous health benefits. You can read his blogs at https://thegreenace.ca/category/the-green-ace-blog/.