Whether you’re suffering from sinus headaches, clinical migraines, or plain old stress headaches, you must’ve experienced that throbbing dreaded pain and a ruined day more than once. An impaired focus, pounding headache, lethargy, sensitive eyes are not only painful for you, but also annoying-it’s much harder to focus at work and to enjoy night out with friends or rev up your energy for a workout.
Of course, popping some medication might be your way to kill that head pain, but reality is that most pills aren’t always the best way to handle your migraines. Anti-inflammatory meds not only damage the stomach lining if used too frequently (especially if you take them without eating) but also can be addictive in some cases. Before you swallow tons of pills, try few natural ways to cure your migraine first.
So many things can cause terrible headaches. Migraines are one of the most severe types of headaches, and most of them may involve hours or sometimes days of debilitating pain. They normally affect about 15 percent of the population, and are mostly diagnosed as such when they’re accompanied by photophobia (aversion to light), nausea, and intensity lasting over several hours.
Most of the migraines often result due to impaired serotonin metabolism, and are more likely to occur in obese people. They are more common in women than men. Physical and emotional stress, dehydration, caffeine withdrawal, or sinus issues (triggered by a change in air pressure or temperature) can also be a source of some unwanted headaches. I’m discussing below few ways to fight these migraines before they take over your day.
Eat Some Food And Drink Lots Of Water
Sometimes headache could be the result of person not eating or drinking enough throughout the day. As soon as you feel you’re getting a headache, you should drink plenty of water. When you’re dehydrated, your body may lose electrolytes like chloride, sodium, and potassium. This may cause constriction of blood vessels, reducing oxygen flow to brain. This may trigger pain receptors in the brain.
Massage That Tension Out Of Your Head
Massages are very effective in reducing tension headaches, which are also the most common types of headaches.
“It’s name clearly indicates the role of emotional or mental conflict in contracting muscles in face, neck, jaw or scalp, and triggering the pain,” the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes writes. “Sometimes tension-type headaches can also be caused due to intense work, jaw clenching, depression, missed meals, too little sleep, or anxiety.”
Massage at the back of your temples, head, and your neck can provide you instant relief from your headache. Full-body massages can also terminate headaches completely, since your body can contain stress and tension in your neck, back, and shoulders that could result in tension headaches.
Breathe In Some Humidity, Take A Steamy Shower
If you or your loved one is stuck with a sinus headache, you can easily treat it with humidity. Mucus will fill your sinus and nose passages, making your sinus canals sensitive and stuffed, and unable to be drained. “By increasing some humidity you can get more fluid into your body and this can immediately help your mucous thin out and get moving again,” Dr. Mary Gross, a specialist in nose and throat health at Ohio State University Medical Center, told Everyday Health.
This can be done easily by standing over a small boiling opt of water and breathing in good amounts of steam, taking a steamy shower, or placing a humidifier in your room.
Put A Hot (Or Cold) Cloth On Your Forehead
Every person is different when it comes to cold vs. hot cloths. If you’re having a tension headache, it’s best to have a hot compress which can easily relax your muscles. Otherwise, you can also use a cold cloth (also my personal preferred choice of treatment when I have some headache) can constrict blood vessels, numb the pain away, and sooth your sensitive eyelids.
Peppermint is a highly useful herb that can reduce migraine headaches easily. A combination of both spearmint and water mint, peppermint has been used as a natural remedy to treat different types of headaches, gas, nausea, colds, indigestion, stomach pain, and diarrhea. Applying some peppermint to your temples or forehead can help numb and soothe the area, and you can buy peppermint either as fresh, gel, or oil.