Simple changes in lifestyle can go a long way in treating headaches. Here, we will look at some natural home remedies for treating headaches.
Garlic and Ginger
Garlic has been found to have a headache-allaying effect. Garlic juice applied on the forehead functions as a pain killer and alleviates pain. Ginger is also found to have an analgesic effect in the treatment of headaches.
Lemon juice mixed with tea, also called lemon tea, provides immediate relief from headaches. The rind of the lemon has been found to aid in the treatment of headaches which are triggered by heat. A fine paste of lemon rind applied to the forehead or temples can give relief from headaches.
Eating ripe apples sprinkled with salt, on an empty stomach every morning for a week is said to give lasting relief from persistent headaches. First remove the upper rind and the core.
Cinnamon is said to cure headaches triggered by cold weather. The ground spice can be mixed with water, made into a fine paste, and applied to temples and forehead for long-lasting relief.
A cleansing enema using hot water, a cold compress for the head, hot fomentations, etc., provide relief from headaches caused by liver and stomach upsets.
Hot Foot Bath
Hot foot baths are very useful in chronic headache treatment. Keeping your feet dipped in a tub filled with warm water for 15 to 20 minutes before going to bed at night is found to be effective in treating headaches.
Some pranayamas, like shitali, anulomaviloma and sitkari; yogakriyas such as jalneti and kunjal; and yogasanas such as sarvangasana, uttanpadasana, paschimottanasana, shavasana, and halasana enhance blood circulation and are a great help in relieving headaches. Pranayamas also provide relief from stress and strain.
Sandalwood is considered an effective remedial measure for curing headaches which have been triggered by acidity. A paste of sandalwood can be applied to the forehead for relief.
Massaging the head with oil can provide relief from certain type of headaches. Some herbal oils, such as eucalyptus oil, are believed to have curative properties and are very useful in treatment of headaches.
Aromatic cloves are believed to provide instant relief from headaches. They have a nerve-soothing effect, which helps in relaxing the nerves supplying to your head and thus reducing the pain.
Rosemary has been found very helpful in curing headache. The herb can be boiled with water and the steam can be inhaled for a few minutes to provide relief from headache.
Henna flowers which have been rubbed in vinegar can be applied on the forehead to get reasonable relief from mild headaches.
Nutrition and Exercise
Physical exercise is the best way to build up immunity and prevent headaches. A regular balanced diet containing fresh fruits and vegetables is ideal for a healthy living. Dried fruits are also a great source of energy. Protein rich and starchy foods such as soya, cereals, whole wheat bread, potatoes, or rice are great to have for dinner. Drinking lots of water throughout the day will help cleanse your system.