Before I start this article I just want to say that if you are suffering from constant headaches you should consider consulting a healthcare professional for advice. Headaches can be the result of a serious problem and the advice in this article will not necessarily be adequate to deal with your problem. Most headaches are not that serious, but I just wanted you to be mindful of that before I start.
When not a symptom of something more serious headaches are generally caused by lifestyle factors like drinking alcohol, lack of sleep, not drinking enough water and stress. The results of these choices vary greatly in severity and can range from a mild annoyance to something a lot more serious.
But headaches don’t have to rule your life, so before you reach for over the counter drugs or even something a little stronger try one of these 7 natural remedies for your sore head.
Before trying anything fancy make sure you are not dehydrated. Dehydration is one of the leading causes of headaches so make sure you are getting at least 2 litre (preferably more) of good quality bottled or filtered water a day.
Try to drink as frequently as you can throughout the day and if you are on the move make sure you always bring a bottle with you.
Lavender not only smells great, it can also help in combating headaches and migraines. You can rub the oil straight on your skin or put a few drops in some boiling water and inhale the vapours.
Unlike many other oils lavender is very gentle on the skin, so you can apply it without needing to dilute it. Just make sure you do not swallow any as essentials oils are highly concentrated and can make you sick!
Headaches and migraines are often a result of poor blood flow, peppermint oil has vaso-constricting and vaso-dilating properties which helps to open and close the vessels that promote flow. Peppermint can also open up the sinuses allowing more oxygen into your bloodstream.
Always read the label as different oils have different application, but peppermint can be taken orally in supplements form or if you are using oil it can be vaporised or applied directly to your skin.
Basil smells and taste pretty dam good, but it is also great for relaxing your muscles and relieving tension, which is a very common cause of headaches.
While you may need to consume a lot of basil it eaten, basil oil is a highly concentrated form of basil which should help to relive your tension.
Ginger helps to reduce inflammation of the blood vessels in the head, which can provide relief from headaches.
You can just take a straight shot of juiced ginger (if you can handle it) or make yourself a freshly grated ginger tea and mix it with lemon and honey. Another option would be to create a paste of dry ginger powder and water and apply it to the forehead. You can also boil grated ginger in water and inhale the vapours.
Like ginger, flaxseed also reduces inflammation due to being high in omega-3 fatty acids. You can consume it as Flaxseed oil, ground flaxseed or the whole seeds.
If you suffer from headaches you should think about topping up on this essential mineral. It turns out you usually have low levels of magnesium during headaches and if you suffer with them frequently you may also have a magnesium deficiency.
Magnesium can be taken in supplement form, but you will also find it in foods like pumpkin seeds, mackerel, figs, and cacao.
So next time your head is pounding and you are thinking of reaching for the pain pills, try out one of these home remedies, It might just save you in the long run!
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