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Ways to get rid of headache

Updated on August 6, 2015

There are many reasons, that can cause headaches.

Changes in diet or lack of sleep, stress, tension, long working hours, using the computer for a long time,migraines. Headache can cause terrible pain and at times vomiting. The most common cause of a headache is dehydration. There are many medicines to get rid of headache, but all of them could provoke side effects and health problems.


Water

Most often headaches is your body telling, letting you know that it is thirsty. As a norm, take two or five litres a day, depending on your height and weight.

Staying hydrated is very essential in getting relief .Simply drink a glass of water and keep taking small portions throughout the day.

When suffering from a headache, it is advisable to stay away from any kind of drinks that can dehydrate your body, especially caffeinated and alcohol beverages.


Ice pack

Placing an ice pack on your forehead will sooth the pain and help improve circulation in head area. Wrap some ice cubes in a thin towel and place it on your forehead for a while. But be careful not to apply ice directly on your skin, as it can damage the skin, instead apply a cold cloth on your head for 10 minutes until you get relief.


Hot Water

Hot water can relieve headaches, caused by stress. It relaxes tension of muscles, alleviating the pain.

Just fill the bag with hot water and apply it to the back of your neck, or take a hot shower or fill a tub with hot water. This will improve blood circulation and will give you a relief.

If you have chronic headaches, you can dip your legs in a bucket filled with hot water for 10 minutes before going to bed.

Lemon

Lemon is a very effective remedy to treat headache pain, because it is very refreshing.

Drinking warm water, mixed with lemon juice will reduce the intensity of a headache.

This remedy is very beneficial, when headache is caused by gas in the stomach.

You can also apply lemon crust paste on the forehead to get fast relief from the pain, or drink a cup of lemon tea couple times a day.

Peppermint

Peppermint has wonderful calming properties, that can help treat headaches.

You can make a herbal tea of peppermint or use peppermint oil to massage your temples, jaw, forehead and the back of your neck. You will feel a cooling effect after applying it.

It will ease the discomfort and clear your mind. It can be applied to various places, and it works quickly to relieve pain.


Apple and ACV

Both apples and apple cider vinegar can fight off a headache. They could easily restore the acid-alkaline balance in the body. Even the smell of green apples can reduce migraine headaches.

When you wake up in the morning with a headache, you could just eat a piece of apple sprinkled with some salt. Then drink some warm water. In such way you will be able to get rid of persisting headache.

Another option is to apply an apple cider vinegar compress or to add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink it 2 or 3 times a day.

You can also fill a large bowl with steaming hot water and add a couple of apple cider vinegar tablespoons into it, then place a towel over head and take the steam for some minutes. It will alleviate the headache

Ginger

Ginger has got anti-inflammatory properties that can help in easing headache pain. It aqlso helps in relaxing the blood vessels in the head and reduces swelling in the brain, lessening the pain, associated with tension headache. It is important to take ginger tea at the very start of a headache. Ginger will act quickly and lessen the headache.

Crush up a ginger root and add it to boiling water. This homemade tea will reduce inflammation and will work as an aspirin.


Almonds

Instead of taking a pill, when you get a headache, take some almonds as they can be a natural remedy and a healthier option to other medicine. It will relieve the pain, because it contains salicin, which is also a popular anti-headache agent .

Almonds contain pain-relieving chemicals, that may signioficantly reduce headache.

Cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper has endorphin stimulant, which can help to alleviate the headache.

It is a great natural remedy that contains capsaicin to treat pain and inflammation.

Dilute half of cayenne powder teaspoon in 4 ounces of warm water. Dip a cotton swab in the solution and apply the moist swab to the inside of each nostril, until you can feel the heat. It may be an unpleasant at first, but it works.

Yoga

Exercise increases blood circulation and the fresh air helps to relieve headache.

Practice yoga and you will get your mind focused.

The way we breath is also very essential. If our heads are pounding, we take shallow breaths If we breath deeply,we get a plenty of fresh oxygen and relaxing our mind.

The benefits of yoga are improved circulation, relaxation and great headache remedy.

Fish oil

Ingestion of fish oil can help reduce migraines and head pain, thanks to its omega-3 fatty acids. Fish oil may help reduce inflammation and lower blood pressure,that`s why it gives an instant relief in case of headache.


Aromatherapy

Most useful essential oils for headache treatment include lavender, sweet marjoram, and chamomile which mostly are used for neck massaging, in a bath, or to inhale.

Eucalyptus oil has good pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. The oil provides a soothing effect, thus giving relief from the pain. At the same time it also helps in relaxing the tense muscles around head.

Peppermint, lavender, sandalwood, and basil oils work well also.

Massage

Doing some light scalp massage can decrease the pain, as well as improve circulation and relieve tension.

You can also pour a little bit of coconut or argan oil on your fingers and rub into your scalp or have someone else massage your neck and back.

Gently massaging the bridge of your nose can help relieve migraine headaches.

You could also go for acupressure massage

It is an ancient Chinese healing practice,which involves applying pressure to certain points on the body . Place your finger between your first and second toe and press firmly for 3 to 5 minutes.

Another option is to pinch the spot between your thumb and index finger.

Right posture

Improving your posture can sooth all types of headaches. We slump and hunch forward, which strains our muscles and creates nasty headaches. Try to sit up relaxed, with shoulders back, chest open, with neck not sticking too far forward.

Imagination

Mental imagery could reduce headaches, as it creates a “mental escape”, that is calm and peaceful. Find a quiet place, close your eyes and picture green hills or sea waves, it can be helpful. For this exercise you could turn on beautiful music and sounds of nature, that calm you down. Breathe deeply and be patient.

Laughter

Laughter is powerful natural doctor, as it increases better intake of oxygen.

Enough sleep

Keeping a regular sleep may reduce headaches. Sometimes just a simple afternoon nap is enough for you to relieve the headache.

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