God dag, Hej, health and wellness enthusiasts.
Headache is one of the most common ailments and can be the result of a variety of causes including physical, emotional and mental distress, and chronic or acute illness or injuries. The majority of people choose to eliminate headache pain as quickly as possible, through the use of prescription or nonprescription drugs.
Most people experience common minor headache pain because of stress and tension due to the affects of changes in behavior, diet, or environment. The following natural remedies for headache may prove to be very helpful. These remedies are not intended as a cure or substitute for a doctor’s care. Headaches can be a symptom of a more serious underlying problem, so always check with your doctor or trusted health-care professional.
Here are a few helpful home remedies that might aide in relieving headache pain:
- Acupuncture – Acupuncture has been used for centuries to relieve tension, which may be causing the headache pain.
- Peppermint oil – Put some peppermint oil on the temples, neck or shoulders, and gently massage. Peppermint oil can naturally energize and soothe the nerves.
- Hot water bottle – A hot water bottle, heating pad, or heat pack can improve circulation and blood flow to the brain, which sometimes can cause headache pain. Apply heat to back of head, neck, and shoulders, to improve circulation.
- Ginger tea – Ginger has been known to be effective in alleviating headache pain. You can slice pieces of ginger, boil in water, and strain, to produce ginger tea, or it can be commonly found in most grocery stores in tea bags. Fresh ginger is the most potent. Boil the ginger in water for at least 10 minutes. For a stronger tea, allow to boil for 20 minutes or more, and use more slices of ginger. Remove from heat and add lime juice and honey, or agave nectar to taste.
- Meditation – Practice guided meditation techniques, deep breathing, listen to soft music, imagine you are in a place of peace and love, close your eyes, release the stress of the day, and allow yourself to experience a state of well-being.
- Exercise – Lack of exercise can cause stiffness and tension in the muscles resulting in headache pain. Step away from your work or daily routine and get outside, and go for a walk. If you work all day outside in the bright sun, then walk away from that situation and go inside for awhile. Do some light exercising and stretching. Jog, use a treadmill, do some situps. Get some fresh air.
- Massage – Therapeutic massage has been known to be very effective in relieving headache pain. Massaging the face, forehead, skull, neck, shoulders, back and limbs can help to release tension naturally and allow the headache pain to disappear. A full-body massage can be very relaxing and eliminate headache pain without the use of drugs and pain-killers, by reducing stress and increasing circulation.
- Ice packs – Cold packs can also be effective if heating pads or hot water bottles have not been. Apply ice pack on your head, throat, shoulders, and back of neck. Cold packs can help with headaches triggered from food allergies, stress, or worries.
- Rest or sleep – Maintain a normal sleep schedule, get plenty of rest. If it’s not possible to sleep, close your eyes, darken the room, and rest. Lack of sleep or interrupted sleep is one of the most common reasons for headache pain. If you believe that you are not getting enough sleep, you might choose to schedule an appointment with a sleep clinic. Sleep clinics can determine the cause of restless sleep, including sleep apnea, a serious breathing disturbance, causing snoring, and resulting in not enough oxygen to the brain. Eye strain is a very common cause of headache. If you wear glasses, make sure that your prescription is current. If you work on the computer all day, take time to rest your eyes several times throughout the day. Resting the eyes (from eye strain), voice (from talking all day), ears (from noisy environment), and body (from overdoing and straining muscles) can eliminate headache triggers.
What has been effective in relieving your headache pain?
Best wishes to you for a healthy, happy day.
Your health and wellness friends at MBHA.