Owing to changes in the way of life in the last few decades thanks to technology-dependent lifestyle, there has been a heavy impact on the physical and mental health of global population. Migraine, which was not common in the past, is now the third most common health condition in the world. Read on for the most effective natural remedies for headaches including migraine.
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What Causes Headache?
Some of the causes of headache include:
- Poor diet and irregular eating habits
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Hormone imbalances
- Poor nutrition
- Certain health conditions
Natural Remedies for Headache
Here are some of the most effective home remedies for headache:
Ginger cures indigestion. A study performed on the efficacy of ginger compared with a medication for migraine has proved that ginger is as effective as the medication in treating migraine. The study has also proved that the side effects of ginger are negligible compared with migraine medication. Ginger is also effective in relieving nausea, vomiting and bloating that may occur during migraine attacks.
Take about an inch-sized ginger, rinse well and peel the skin. Crush the ginger and add it to a glass of water and bring to boil. When the water starts boiling, simmer for couple of minutes more. Filter and drink. You may add honey to enhance the taste.
Peel the skin of ginger, grind it to a paste and apply on your head where it aches. You may experience mild irritation for a short period.
Take equal amounts of ginger juice and gingelly oil and boil on low heat. You can apply it on your scalp twice a week and bathe after half an hour.
Clove is an effective home remedy for headache. Eugenol in clove helps to reduce pain. Clove also improves digestion and relieves constipation and indigestion thereby aiding in curing headache caused due to digestive disorders.
Take about a tablespoon of cloves and crush them into powder. Add powdered cloves to a glass of water and bring to boil. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Filter and drink.
You can also grind cloves along with some water to make a paste and apply it on your head where it aches.
3) Leucas Aspera
Leucas aspera has been used since ancient times by Siddha medicine in treating various diseases. A study has proved the efficacy of leucas aspera in curing migraine.
Take a fistful of leucas aspera flowers, rinse them well and powder them. Those with migraine, can smell the aroma of leucas aspera through the nostril on the opposite side of headache. You can add two drops of leucas aspera extract on the nostril on the opposite side of headache for relief from headache due to congestion.
Make a paste of leucas aspera flowers and pepper and apply it on the head where it aches.
Rinse leucas aspera leaves and flower and add them to water and bring to boil. Inhale the steam for few minutes for natural relief from migraine.
4) Dry Ginger
Dry ginger relieves indigestion and cold and hence is effective in curing headache caused due to these conditions.
Make a paste with dry ginger powder and water or milk and apply on your head where it aches for natural relief from headache.
Add half teaspoon of dry ginger powder to a glass of warm water and drink for relief from headache.
Add some jaggery to half teaspoon of dry ginger powder and consume it.
The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of turmeric are effective in relieving headaches including migraine. Using pepper along with turmeric offers added benefits. According to a research, piperine in pepper increases the bioavailability of turmeric's curcumin by 2000%
Add 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper powder to one glass of milk and place on stove and bring to boil. Simmer for a couple of minutes more. Remove from heat and drink it warm.
Include turmeric in your diet on a regular basis.
The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of hing aid in relieving headache naturally. Hing is also effective in relieving gastric conditions and indigestion thus aiding in headache caused due to these conditions.
Add a pinch of hing powder to a glass of hot water and drink on empty stomach every morning.
Take 1/2 teaspoons of hing, camphor, dry ginger powder and one teaspoon of cubeb and blend them to a paste adding milk as required. Apply the paste on your head where it aches for relief from headache.
Magnesium in mustard soothes the nervous system. According to a research, those suffering from migraine have lower levels of magnesium and by increasing magnesium levels headaches including migraine are reduced.
Apply mustard paste on the head for relief from headache.
Include mustard in your regular diet.
8) Coriander Seeds
Coriander seeds have amazing medicinal benefits. A research has proved the efficacy of coriander seed syrup in healing headache.
Add a fistful of coriander seeds to water and bring to boil. Turn off the stove when water starts boiling and inhale the steam for few minutes.
Add a tablespoon of crushed coriander seeds to a glass of water and bring to boil. Filter and drink.
Tulsi is one of the most effective herbs in treating various health conditions. Tulsi is an effective decongestant and anti-inflammatory and hence is widely used as a natural remedy for headache.
Take about 10 tulsi leaves, rinse well, add to a glass of water and bring to boil. Simmer for a couple of minutes. Filter and drink. You may add honey to enhance the taste.
Extract juice from tulsi leaves and apply two drops on each nostril before breakfast.
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10) Bermuda Grass
Bermuda grass offers loads of health benefits. It is effective in treating various conditions including headache, constipation and skin diseases. Bermuda grass is also a blood purifier.
Take one to two fistful of Bermuda grass, wash thoroughly in water and extract its juice. Take equal amounts of lemon juice, mix well and apply on the head for relief from headache.
Rinse a fistful of Bermuda grass, add it to a glass of water and bring to boil. Simmer till the quantity reduces to 1/4th. Filter and add some jaggery or honey to enhance the taste and drink. Those with chronic headache can drink this twice a week to reduce and prevent headache.
Nutmeg, which has been used for centuries in healing headache, has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Make a paste of nutmeg adding sufficient water and apply it on the forehead for headache relief.
The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of sandalwood along with its soothing properties aid in relieving headache naturally.
Apply sandalwood paste on the forehead. You can make the paste by mixing some water with sandalwood powder.
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Few More Tips
Hot / Cold Compress: Apply hot or cold compress for relief from headache. Since some may have intolerance to hot / cold during headache, it is recommended to go by what one feels good about.
While using hot / cold compress, apply it on the head, back of the neck, shoulders and upper back.
Feet Soak: Give your feet hot water soak. Add a fistful of salt to water and bring to boil. Transfer boiled water to a tub and soak your feet in water when the heat is at tolerant level.
Diet: Having balanced diet on time will help in preventing headache in many. Since anemia can also cause headache, it is highly recommended to include foods rich in iron. Ensure including foods which are good source of magnesium as well. To prevent headache occurring due to indigestion, it is essential to exclude junk foods completely.
Sleep: Having quality sleep at night is essential for physical and mental health. It is highly recommended to have six to eight hours of sleep every night. A study has proved that melatonin, secreted by pineal gland, is low in those suffering from migraine. It is also proved that increasing melatonin levels reduces and relieves headache. Hence, hitting the bed on time cures headache and prevents occurrence of headaches.
Exercise: The benefits of exercise can never be stressed more. Exercising improves digestion and promotes blood circulation. Exercise strengthens neck and shoulder muscles thereby preventing headache caused due to neck pain. Exercising helps with secretion of endorphins, which aid in reducing the intensity and frequent occurrence of headache. Regular exercise cures stress thereby eliminating possibility of headache due to stress.
Stress: Stress is one of the major triggers of headache. Regular practice of yoga, taichi and other exercise forms can help those with chronic headache. Walking and running help with stress relief as well. Engaging in activities that one is passionate about can also help with stress relief.
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