Most of us when we get a headache, automatically reach for pills – aspirin, panadol/ paracetamol – which are kept handy in our first aid kits or even in our handbags. I should count myself lucky that I’m not susceptible to getting headaches – when I do, its debilitating 😛
Because I’m a little paranoid about being overly dependant on drugs to cure my headache, I have been researching into alternative natural ways to cure a headache. Here are a few natural cures that help me and which I hope will help you too.
Take a nap
If possible, take a few minutes to nap. Napping relaxes your mind and body and when you are asleep, you don’t usually feel the pain of a headache. Often I find that when I wake up the headache is all but gone. If you can’t sleep, just closing your eyes and relaxing will usually work. If I have a bad head during the day, I usually have an early night and am right as rain in the morning.
Have a shower and wash your hair
I also find that having a hot shower and washing my hair helps relieve my headache. I usually have a hot shower and then end off with a cold shower. I find it helps my head. In the alternative, I go for a hair wash at a salon where they usually incorporate a head massage that does wonders for a headache!
Drink water to rehydrate
A common cause of headaches is heat and dehydration. So, if you feel a headache coming on, drink a few glasses of water over a stretch of time. There isn’t much use downing a huge glass of water as that will just make you full and uncomfortable and unbalance the electrolytes in your body. Instead, drink an average glass of water often, say every 15-20 minutes. Water will cool down your body and rehydrate and you will find some relief from a headache or even prevent it altogether.
Very often, headaches are brought on by stress so consciously relaxing or closing your eyes and indulging in deep breathing exercises can help avert or cure a headache. Anyone who works in a stressful office can tell you that just a few minutes away from the stressful environment can work wonders for your head. So, take a few minutes to walk to the water cooler for some water or just take a short walk and come back with a clearer head.
Massage your temples, neck and behind your jaw
If you have a headache or feel one coming on, take a few minutes and gently massage the pressure points at your temples and behind your neck or behind your jaw or wherever feels stiff. A touch of lavender oil or peppermint can help you relax and sooth the throbbing a headache brings.
Pinch the fleshy web between your thumb and forefinger
This is a reflexology point that corresponds to your head so pinching this part of your hand is supposed to ease a headache. Personally, I do find that my hand will be very painful and sometimes it eases my headache, but it does not cure it.
Stretch your neck muscles
If you drop your head gently to one side and gently stretch your neck muscles, you usually will find some relief from a headache. It doesn’t always work however, but it brings me relief if I’m having a particularly stressful day even if there’s no headache in sight.
Get away from the computer!
Eye strain is a common cause of headaches. So, if you have a headache or feel one coming on, get away from the computer. If you have persistent headaches, get your eyes checked – you may need glasses.
Do note that my tips are meant for people who have the occasional headache, not those who have migraines or recurring headaches. If you have headaches often without reason you might want to consult your doctor. If I’ve tried all of the above and all else fails, I pop 2 Panadol and feel alive again in a few minutes. 😛
Do you have any other tips on how to naturally cure a headache?
Stay headache free & beautiful!