Maybe it starts as a low throb behind your eyes, or a sharp stab in your temples. They can make you nauseous, light-sensitive, distracted, and irritable. Whether you suffer them chronically or occasionally, headaches are painful and impossible to predict. You never know when you will get one and how long it will last.
Many pain medicines are able to ease head pains, but they aren’t always the best or most available option. And, as many people have learned the hard way, painkillers can be hard on your liver and stomach.
Instead, try one of these natural headache remedies to ease your head pain and give you relief.
Headaches are often caused by too much pressure in the blood vessels in the head. To ease the pressure, use a hot bath to soak your feet and draw the blood from your head to your toes. If you use essential oils, add a few drops of lavender and peppermint. If not, mix in some powdered mustard and try to relax as the pain eases.
2. Ginger Tea
Ginger tea is great for the pain and nausea that come with migraines. Grate 2 tablespoons of fresh ginger, add 3 cups of boiling water, and let it steep for 3-5 minutes. Strain the ginger from the tea and sip it until your headache begins to fade.
3. Hot/Cold Compresses
Tension headaches (caused by high levels of stress, lack of sleep, and/or anxiety) and vascular headaches (such as migraines or cluster headaches) can be soothed by changes in temperature. For tension headaches, wet a cloth with hot water and place it on your head or the back of your neck to ease the tension in your muscles. For vascular headaches, use a cold wet cloth on your head or the back of your neck to constrict the blood vessels and reduce the pressure in your head. Use until the pain is gone.
Coffee drinkers, good news! Studies have found that drinking caffeine can help with headache pain. Try drinking a cup of coffee, tea, or (if nothing else is available) soda to relieve your headache. Don’t overdo it though, stick to one cup and try alternate methods if it doesn’t work.
Do you have any headache remedies you use? Share in the comments!