A throbbing headache is a real nuisance and
can even put you out of action for a few hours. The obvious answer is to take a
painkiller, but there are loads of natural remedies you can try instead.
They’re cheap, quick, and effective. At least one of them is bound to work for
Yoga: We all know that yoga is one of the most
relaxing activities out there, and it’s a powerful headache cure. The
combination of deep breathing, muscle relaxation, and improved circulation is a
winning recipe! Research
published in the International Journal of Yoga shows that it can even help
Try this: Sit on the floor or in a chair.
Straighten your spine and lengthen your neck. Position your right hand on the
left side of your head, just behind your ear. Apply gentle pressure and tilt
your head to the right. Hold the position for around thirty seconds then repeat
on the other side.
Other types of exercise: Almost any type of workout
can cure a headache. Even a brisk walk will help. Research shows that when you
exercise, your body releases all-natural painkillers called endorphins.
Movement also helps stretch the muscles in your neck and back, which eases
tension headaches. Add uplifting music for an extra stress-busting effect.
Self-massage: Professional massage, especially if you
get it regularly, is a good way to treat and prevent headaches. Unfortunately,
not many of us can afford to pay for our own 24/7 masseuse! Luckily, you can
learn to ease pain yourself.
Try this: Place your thumbs near your ears, on
your cheekbones. Apply pressure to your temples using your fingertips. Apply
more pressure – but not to the point of pain – and rub in tiny circles along
your hairline. Do this for a few minutes.
You can also try some DIY reflexology. Reflexologists
believe that our feet contain a map of our bodies. Stimulating pressure points
on the foot can help relieve pain. Rub these three pressure points to relieve
- The outer edges of the top of your
feet, halfway between your smallest toe and your ankle;
- The area between your first and
- The lower half of your big toe.
Press on each point for approximately 60
Water: Do you drink enough water? It sounds silly, but
lots of us actually forget to stay hydrated. The bad news is that even mild
dehydration can give you a nasty headache. Get at least nine glasses per day
and stay away from dehydrating drinks like coffee and alcohol. Don’t forget
that food contains water too. Stock up on cucumbers and watermelon!
Magnesium: According to natural health experts, taking
200-600mg magnesium every day can prevent headaches. It lowers levels of
chemicals in your brain that transmit pain signals.
Aromatherapy: Essential oils relieve tension, improve
blood flow, and reduce pain perception. If you have a headache, simply smelling
the right essential oil can help you feel better within minutes. Here are a few
of the most popular:
- Lavender: Scientific research
shows that sniffing lavender oil helps 71% of migraine
sufferers feel better. Put a few drops on a tissue and inhale for around 15
- Peppermint: You might think
peppermint is energizing rather than soothing, but it quickly gets to work on
headaches. Dilute it with a carrier oil and rub a few drops on your forehead
and temples. (Remember, never apply undiluted oil to your skin.) It will soon
stop that uncomfortable throbbing feeling.
- Rosemary: Rub it onto your skin to
melt away muscle tension in your head, neck, and shoulders. Rosemary is also
good for promoting healthy sleep, so it’s perfect to
apply just before turning in at night.
- Eucalyptus: This oil is a
fantastic decongestant, so it’s perfect for sinus headaches. It quickly opens
up nasal passages and encourages detoxification.
With so many natural treatment options around,
you don’t have to live with headaches. There’s plenty of scientific evidence
that these remedies are safe for most people. However, if your headaches are
severe or you notice any other symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor.
When it comes to your health, it’s always best to err on the side of caution.
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