7 Quick, Natural Remedies For a Headache
Headaches are an annoying occurrence of everyday life for some of us. The majority of us turn to OTC medicine like Motrin or Ibuprofen, but we don’t always consider the side effects of what we’re taking. If Ibuprofen is taken for too long, for example, it can cause bleeding of the stomach lining.
To avoid nasty side effects of headache medication, here are a couple of ways to cure it without medicine:
1. Drink Water
There is a saying that goes “sometimes the simplest answer is the right one.” If a headache has been bugging you since you woke up this morning, consider drinking a glass or two of water. Your headache may actually be caused by a lack of hydration.
You’ll begin to feel relief from your headache in as little as 30 minutes.
Concentration can be affected by a lack of hydration, making people irritable and exacerbating the already painful symptoms.
If you want to avoid headaches caused by dehydration, make sure to drink at least 3 or 4 glasses of water a day.
2. Take Some Magnesium
When it is not dehydration causing headaches, it might be something else to do with your body. Magnesium, an important component that aid in numerous bodily functions, is already proven a safe headache remedy.
Causes of chronic migraines in individuals have been tied to a magnesium deficiency. If frequent headaches are a normal thing for you, taking 600mg of magnesium citrate daily can reduce how painful and how often they come on.
Start with a small dose of magnesium to treat your headache, as it is known to cause diarrhea in some individuals.
3. Get Adequate Sleep
Water and a healthy dose of magnesium might help, but the amount of sleep you get every night also has an effect on the frequency of your headaches. One study conducted showed that individuals who had less than six hours of sleep a night and frequent and severe headaches.
Too much sleep can also have the same negative effect as getting too little. So ensuring that you get the proper amount of rest is important. The recommended number for the average adult is 7 to 9 hours a night to allow you to reach REM sleep.
Be sure to reduce environmental factors to maximize the time you are asleep.
4. Soothe Pain with a Cold Compress
This is something that everyone should try out before anything else. It is one of the simplest and most effective ways of curing a headache. Placing a cold compress on the back of your neck will constrict blood vessels, slowing nerve conduction which will help reduce the pain signals causing the headaches.
Using a waterproof bag, fill it with ice and wrap in a soft towel. Apply the homemade compress to either of three places for relief: the back of the neck, head, or temples.
5. Drink Caffeinated Tea or Coffee
A good way to combat headaches and even some other pains is with coffee or tea, something caffeinated. While improving your mood, the caffeine will constrict the blood vessels, improving your migraine symptoms.
Caffeine can actually enhance the effects of Ibuprofen and acetaminophen, two medicines used to treat headaches. Take note of just how much caffeine you are ingesting. It is possible to develop caffeine withdrawal and develop headaches as a result.
6. Relax with Yoga
Many headaches issued are often related to the daily stress of our lives. Yoga is not only a great way to reduce the stress but can increase your flexibility and reduce the frequency of headaches.
A study of 60 people with chronic migraines gained positive result when they combined Yoga and conventional care together.
7. Avoid Strong Smells
If you are anything like my mother-in-law, many headaches just happen to come from very strong odors.
Many people experience severe headaches or migraines after smelling strong odors from things like perfumes. The name for the condition of being so sensitive to odors is known as osmophobia.
If smells are the trigger for your migraines, avoid perfumes, places where cigarette smoking is a regular thing, and any food that may have too strong an aroma.
What headache remedy will work for one person may not work for another. Weigh your options before trying anything new and ensure that if you are adding anything to your diet, you discuss a safe amount with your primary care provider.
Personally, I’ve found lying down with a cold compress against the side of the neck helps with headaches. What did you find works best for you?