Headaches are some of the most annoying pain anyone can have, especially when it occurs at unexpected times. However, you shouldn’t have to use drugs before your headache subsides as there are a number of natural remedies that can help you have relief.
A number of things can cause an headache. From arguments, traffic jam to stress, daily events can trigger them. More so, good things can also trigger pain in the head, which is sometimes referred to as brain freeze.
Generally speaking, headaches are your body’s response to physical or emotional stress. That stress can make the muscles in your head and neck contract to create tension headaches. Also, it can make blood vessels constrict and later expand to produce migraines or vascular headaches.
Furthermore, if your sinuses are congested or infected, pounding headaches often result. Despite the discomfort, most headaches are temporary and respond well to natural remedies.
Get more vitamin B2
In one study, 59 percent of participants reported having a reduced migraine frequency by half after taking 400 milligrams of this vitamin (known as riboflavin) daily for three months.
The volunteers took a placebo, just 15 percent of them reported fewer migraine events. Almonds, sesame seeds, certain fish, and some hard cheeses are high in this vitamin.
Chamomile tea contains compounds that help ease pain and relax you. Brew up a cup using one chamomile tea bag to a cup of just-boiled water. Allow to steep, covered, for 10 minutes. Sweeten with honey, if desired. Take a few minutes to sip the hot tea slowly while sitting in a quiet spot.
Thyme and Rosemary Oil For Head Rubs
To relieve headache pain, you may want to consider dabbing a drop or two of thyme or rosemary essential oil on each temple and on your forehead. Rub gently into the skin, then sit quietly for several minutes to let the oils do its work.
A study conducted in 2010 discovered that thyme and rosemary oils contain carvacrol, a substance that acts as a COX-II inhibitor, much like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, do.
Headache researchers say that migraine sufferers should keep magnesium handy. People with migraine have low levels of magnesium in their brains during attacks and may also have a general magnesium deficiency.
As a matter of fact, two placebo-controlled clinical studies have shown that taking magnesium supplements can prevent the headaches. Experts recommend taking 400 milligrams a day of chelated magnesium, magnesium oxide, or slow-release magnesium.
You should however note that magnesium may cause diarrhoea in some people. You can also get magnesium from foods such as pumpkin seeds, mackerel and dark chocolate.