Headaches are a common condition that many people deal with on a daily basis. Headache causes a constant ache and tightness around head and behind the eyes, and neck.
Several types of headaches exist, with tension headaches being the most common. Cluster headaches are painful and happen in groups or “clusters,” while migraines are a moderate-to-severe type of headache.
Headache are commonly due to stress, fatigue, or poor posture, which may cause tension in the neck and scalp. The causes of headaches vary, and constant recurrence may indicate an underlying condition. Other causes include certain foods, poor eyesight, constipation, hunger or dehydration, high blood pressure, low blood sugar, insomnia, exposure to cold temperatures, and changes in the menstrual cycle. Headaches also occur with illnesses such as the flu and can be a symptom of meningitis.
Symptoms of headaches include:
- Pain in any region of the head
- Trouble falling asleep and staying asleep
- Can range from a mild ache to a deep throbbing
- Throbbing and pulsating pain may be worse on one side of the head.
- Trouble concentrating
- Tightness sensation in the head, and stroke
- Irritability and tiredness (Fatigue)
- Pain in the eyes when looking into bright lights (photophobia)
- Pain may be associated by other symptoms such as nausea and visual disturbances
Home Remedies for Headache
Here are 14 natural home remedies to get rid of headache quickly
- Place an ice cube on a clean cloth and apply over your head for five minutes. Repeat the process several times.
- Applying an ice pack to the back of your neck can give you relief from a migraine headache.
- Prepare a steam treatment by adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil to a small pot of boiling water. Inhale the steam for a few minutes, covering yourself with a bed sheet.
- Mix few drops of peppermint essential oil and one teaspoon of almond oil or just water. Massage your forehead and temples with it.
- Mix equal parts of ginger extract and lemon juice. Consume it once or twice a day.
- Boil a basin full of water and add ginger to it, and inhale the vapor.
- Prepare a paste with 1 teaspoon of dry ginger powder, two tablespoons of water and apply on the forehead for a few minutes.
Add one teaspoon of basil leaves or a few drops of basil oil to a pot of boiling water and inhale the steam covering yourself with a bed sheet.
- Mix 2 teaspoon of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of sea salt and two drops of clove oil and rub this mixture gently on your forehead.
- Crush few cloves and place them in a clean cloth and inhale the smell of crushed cloves when you are suffering from a headache.
For tension headache
- Massage you temples with a couple of drops of lavender essential oil. Lavender eases physical and mental stress.
For chronic headache
Hot foot bath
Hot foot baths are also beneficial. Keep legs in a tub or bucket filled with hot water at a temperature of 40˚C to 45˚C for fifteen minutes every night before retiring. This treatment should be continued for two or three weeks.
Eat a ripe apple with a little salt every morning on an empty stomach. Take this continuously for about a week.
For sinus headache
Make a paste out of 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and sufficient water, and apply locally.
Mix 1 teaspoon warm water and at least 1/8 teaspoon salt to make a concentrated solution. Put 3-4 drops of this salt water in each nostril. This helps to drain and unclog the sinuses and relieve the headache.
Eat spicy foods such as horseradish and hot peppers which increases the flow of blood and loosen the secretions of mucus in the sinuses.
For headache due to Hyper-acidity
Take 2 tablespoons of aloe Vera gel, up to 3 times a day.
Apply a paste of sandalwood to forehead.
Put few drops of warm ghee in each nostril.
Do’s for Headache
- Rest in a quiet room, in darkness or with dimmed lights. Make sure of getting enough sleep at night.
- Massage the muscles at the back of neck and shoulder in a gentle circular motion with sesame oil. Then take a hot shower.
- Try using heat to soothe the pain: fill a hot-water bottle, wrap it in a towel, and rest your head on it.
- Try aerobic exercise, yoga, or deep breathing or relaxation exercises.
- If working at a desk or computer workstation, get up and walk around regularly to reduce tension in your neck and shoulders.
- Have your eyesight checked.
- Build up physical resistance through proper nutrition, exercise and positive thinking to prevent headache.
Don’ts for Headache
- Avoid drinking alcohol and caffeine in excess, and smoking.
- Skip red meat, nuts, and chocolate.
- Avoid Spices, condiments, sour buttermilk, and oily foodstuffs.
When to See a Doctor
- Headache has not cleared up within a day or two or is becoming more severe.
- Feeling that your headache is not a simple tension headache.
- Recurrent headaches or need to use analgesics regularly.
See doctor immediately if:
- Stiff neck, sensitivity to light, fever, vomiting, or rash.
- Drowsiness and blurred vision.
- Limb weakness.
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