Imagine you wake up with an unbearable headache in the morning. You have an important meeting in the office and there is no chance to take rest at home. The first solution that comes into your mind is medications. But general physicians often recommend trying a few effective home remedies before taking painkillers. Strong painkillers have harmful side effects. It’s best to avoid those side effects as much as possible.
Here are the 7 effective home remedies you can try out to get instant relief from a painful headache.
- Apply essential oils: Essential oils have therapeutic benefits. Peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus oil can help to reduce a headache. Apply those oils on your forehead when you have a headache.
Peppermint oil helps to reduce a tension headache whereas lavender oil helps to reduce migraine pain and some other symptoms.
If you visit Kerala, make sure you buy bottles of essential oils from the government approved shops or the forest department. You can get premium quality essential oils from those shops. Don’t worry about the price. Always remember, good things come at a good price.
- Go back to sleep:Sometimes, headaches are caused due to sleep deprivation. If you have slept for less than 6 hours for several nights, then you can get severe headaches during the daytime. In this case, go back to sleep immediately. Take rest and sleep for 9 hours. If you have an important meeting with your client, finish it off as soon as possible. Take a half-day leave at the office and go back to your home. Sleep peacefully.
- Drink lots of water: Dehydration can cause a headache. Studies have shown that chronic dehydration can lead to migraines and tension headaches. Fortunately, drinking lots of water can help to reduce headache symptoms within 3 hours.
Dehydration can hamper your concentration and make you irritated. It can make your headache symptoms even worse. So drink lots and lots of water.
If you don’t want to drink water, then you can consume these veggies and fruits to stay hydrated:
- Drink ginger tea:Make a cup of ginger tea with 250 mg of ginger powder or ginger root or ginger juice. Ginger contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances. These components help to reduce migraine pain. Apart from this, ginger helps to lessen vomiting, nausea, and other common symptoms related to chronic headaches.
If you don’t like to sip tea, then make a smooth paste with water and ginger powder. Apply it on your forehead for getting quick relief.
- Do light exercises: Physical activities help to reduce headache intensity. Rotate your neck in clockwise and anti-clockwise direction. Let your shoulder and neck relax. Move your chin in all directions – left and right, up and down, and tilt your neck sideways to relax your stressed muscles.
- Turn off the lights: Bright lights from your smartphone and computer screen can cause migraine headaches. If you’re suffering from a migraine headache, then turn off the lights, close your eyes and all the windows. It will help to lessen your pain gradually.
If you’re outside home, then wear a sunglass immediately to get some relief.
- Try a cold pack: Open your refrigerator and take out a few ice cubes. Wrap them in a towel and place it on your forehead for 15 minutes. Take a break and again place the towel on your forehead. This will help to lessen the pain. You can also take a cold shower to get relief.
A word of wisdom
Histamine is a chemical compound that is found in particular foods like fermented food, beer, wine, smoked fish, and cheese. This compound may cause a migraine. So if you’re prone to a migraine, don’t consume the foods that contain histamine. It may help you to frequent headaches.
Any good general physician won’t allow pregnant women to take painkillers for getting instant relief from headaches. The strong medicines can hurt the baby in the womb. If you’re pregnant and have an unbearable headache any day, you can use the aforementioned tips to get instant relief.