Isvaiyah has been a licensed pharmacist at Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia) for nine years. She earned her M.Sc. from the same university.
Many of us lead busy, stressful lives, which means that we are likely to suffer from bad headaches. You may also get a headache when you have a cold or flu. Some people suffer from migraine headaches. If you drink too much alcohol, you may well end up with the dreaded hangover.
Headache Home Remedies: Get Rid of a Headache Fast
There are various non-pharmaceutical remedies for headaches, which are well worth trying as an alternative to the usual over-the-counter drugs. If symptoms persist, however, consult a physician since a headache can be a symptom of a more serious underlying condition. You should try the following home remedies:
Home Remedies for Relieving Headache
Simply drink a pint of water
Try a warm bath, listen to relaxing musics, meditation, etc.
Massage your scalp and smell some aromatherapy oils.
Take two cups of feverfew tea per day.
Add one or two ground flaxseed to your breakfast.
Take two teaspoons of fish oil per day.
Avoid potential triggers, such as nicotine, caffeine, cheese, chocolate, MSG, etc.
#1 Drink Water
It may seem obvious, but sometimes we forget the obvious cures. Many headaches are caused, or made worse, by dehydration. Simply drink a pint of water for natural headache relief. Water is often the best way to get rid of a headache.
As for the hangover, prevention is better than cure. Try not to drink too much alcohol in the first place. Have the willpower to refuse yet another glass of wine; ask for a soft drink instead. If you have overindulged, simply drink a pint of water before going to sleep. It should lessen the severity of your hangover.
The internet is full of crazy hangover cures: don’t imagine that a fried breakfast, raw eggs, Worcestershire sauce, or yet more alcohol are going to do any good.
A relaxation is often a successful natural remedy for headaches. Sometimes, all we need to do is relax for that headache to disappear. If you have got kids, see if your partner to take them out for a while. Try a warm bath with scented bath salts and candles. Listen to some calm, relaxing music. Animals (if well behaved!) can also help us relax. Stroking the cat can relax both of you. Breathe deeply so that you can relax better.
Many people find yoga relaxing. Taichi is also popular. A quiet walk in the countryside or a city park may also aid relaxation. Other people find swimming helps them relax.
Sometimes we find it hard to relax, because of stressful issues in our lives. Problems at work or in the home can take their toll, leading to headaches. It’s always best to talk about these. Confide in your partner or a close friend. If you have serious issues that prevent relaxation, you may want to talk to a counselor or psychotherapist.
#3 Scalp Massage
Gently massaging your scalp can be a successful self-remedy for painful headaches. You should pay particular attention to the area at the base of your skull. Smell some aromatherapy oils, such as lavender or peppermint oil, while massaging your scalp to help you relax.
NOTE: Never ingest any essential oil as it can be toxic or fatal for your body!
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Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is a useful self-treatment for painful headaches. It can also give you natural migraine relief. This herb has been valued for centuries for its medicinal properties.
A scientific study, published in the journal Cephalalgia in 2005, has concluded that feverfew extract was more effective than a placebo or dummy treatment in treating both migraines and common headaches.
It is relatively easy enough to grow feverfew. The seeds are best sown in spring on a windowsill. Plant out the young plants into a sunny spot with well-drained soil. You may be able to buy young plants from a garden center. The plant usually dies down in winter but grows up again in the spring.
What to Do?
You can buy feverfew capsules from a number of suppliers. You can use according to the directions on the label, as the strength of extracts can vary. You can also make a tea from feverfew leaves. It does taste rather bitter so you may want to add honey or lemon to it. You can take two cups per day.
Feverfew seems to work best when it is taken as a preventive measure or at the first signs of a migraine or headache.
Flaxseeds contain omega-3 fatty acids. The acids have anti-inflammatory properties, which help your body retard the production of prostaglandins ("inflammation-causing" chemicals). Prostaglandins constrict your blood vessels, thus causing headaches.
It’s best to use flaxseeds as a preventive measure.
What to Do?
Add one or two teaspoons of ground flaxseed to your breakfast cereal each morning. Flaxseed oil can also be taken. Follow the instructions on the packaging with regard to the dose of the oil.
#6 Fish Oil
Fish oil also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties. Like flaxseeds, fish oil helps retard the production of prostaglandins in your body.
Fish oil can be taken regularly as a preventive measure.
What to Do?
You can buy either bottled oil or capsules. Some cheaper brands are low in omega-3 fatty acids, so these brands are best avoided. You need a brand that contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA. A typical dose would be two teaspoons of fish oil per day. Fish oil is also good for your heart.
#7 Change Your Diet
Simply changing your diet can be a good home remedy for your headache problems. It is well known that headaches and migraines are often triggered by particular foods, such as chocolate or cheese. However, even if you don’t get migraines, you may find that your “ordinary” headaches are triggered by particular foods or drinks.
A very common culprit is monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is added to Chinese foods, processed meats, gravy, etc. Do you have a headache or migraine pain after that microwaveable meat dish? It may be due to MSG. If you find you have such a problem, you will have to look carefully at food labels to avoid MSG.
Excess caffeine is another common cause of headaches. Do you drink a lot of strong coffee? Try switching to a healthy herbal tea, such as chamomile herbal tea or lemon and ginger tea. You may find that your headaches will vanish.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2017 Isvaiyah
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Isvaiyah (author) from Yogyakarta on October 10, 2017:
Thanks for stopping by, Angel Guzman!
Angel Guzman from Joliet, Illinois on October 09, 2017:
Very important great article! :)