There must be hardly anyone in this world, who has never experienced a headache! Headaches are the most common health problem that affects people largely. Headaches are mainly classified as migraine, headaches due to tensions and cluster headaches. The main reason behind headache is physiological changes in the head, abnormal neuron activity, constriction of blood vessels, genetic causes, excessive drinking, excessive smoking, lack of water in the body etc.
Normally people just pop up a pill to bring down the aggravating pain but this step could be destroying your health in a big way. We have plenty of home remedies that can help us get rid of our headache without ruining our organs. Let us know about the same.
Peppermint oil helps to open and close the vessels which will promote the blood flow and thereby reduces the headache. Okay, so what you can do when you have a headache is that simply massage peppermint oil on your forehead, temples and back of jaws. You can also take it in the form of steam and for that add a few drops of peppermint essential oil into a small vessel of boiling water. Inhale this steam for a few minutes.
Take a steam of eucalyptus oil to get rid of the headache due to sinus or cold. In a vessel of boiling water put a few drops of eucalyptus oil and inhale the steam of it. The oil will help in clearing out the blockage inside and give relief to headache as well.
Ginger helps in reduction of the inflammation of the blood vessels in the head and thereby provides relief from headache too. You can make ginger tea by adding crushed ginger in the water and then boil it. Following this you can add milk, tea powder as well as sugar and drink it. Another remedy with ginger is applying ginger paste made of dry ginger powder and water on the forehead.
Basil works as a muscle relaxant, which helps in treating headaches caused by tension as well as tightening the muscles. Put some basil leaves in a cup of boiling water. Let it sit in it for a few minutes and then sip the tea. You can also chew some fresh basil leaves or massage pure basil oil on the forehead.
Lavender oil has from ancient times been used for headaches and migraines. The lavender oil can either be inhaled or applied on your head. For steam, you can add few drops of lavender oil in boiling water and inhale the vapours for a few minutes. This will give you great relief from headache.
Mint has anti-pruritic as well as antiseptic properties. The primary components in mint are menthol and menthone which proves to be very effective for reducing headache. One method is to apply mint juice on your forehead and temples. The other way is to place a mint tea compress on the forehead. This relieves the discomfort due to headache.
Hot or cold compress for headache:
Apply hot or cold compress on your forehead as well as neck to get instant relief from headache without painkilling drugs. Both ice and heat can help with pain. Many people with tension headaches prefer warmth. People who have migraines often choose cold. For tension headaches, dip a washcloth in hot water, wring it out, and fold it into a compress. Now place it on your forehead or the back of your neck to relax the muscles. To ease a migraine or cluster headaches, follow the same procedure, but using cold water, which constricts the blood vessels and reduces blood flow, and providing relief.