Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Simple tips to get instant relief from headache

Rajkumari Tankha | September 7, 2016 5:00 pm Print
While the reason behind a headache is different in different people, different in different conditions, what all of us do most often is pop a pill to get instant relief. But this is not a healthy habit.

Headache is one of the most common health problems that affects every one of us some time or the other. While the reason behind a headache is different in different people, different in different conditions, what all of us do most often is pop a pill to get instant relief. But this is not a healthy habit. We must try to reduce the consumption of over the counter pills as much as possible, and instead go for natural remedies.
We list some simple home remedies that provide relief from headache. Try these.

Water
Whenever you have headache drink a glass of cold water. Most often headache is caused by dehydration, especially in summer months. Ideally, one should have at least eight glasses of water in day to keep the body amply hydrated.

Ice pack
Place an ice pack on the nape of your neck for instant relief. Cold compresses on the head and forehead also help.

Ginger
This can be used in a variety of ways, as drink, powder, candy or paste. For preparing a drink, mix equal parts of ginger and lemon juice; or make a paste of dry ginger in water and apply it on the forehead, chew a ginger candy or boil ginger in water and inhale the vapour. Ginger reduces inflammation of blood vessels in the head providing relief.

Mint
Place mint tea compresses on the forehead or apply mint juice on forehead and temples. It contains both menthol and menthone which provide relief in headaches.

Peppermint
Put a few drops of peppermint oil in water and boil and inhale the steam. Or massage the head with a mixture of peppermint oil and almond oil. It contains menthol which help clear clogged blood vessels that cause headache.

Basil
Boil a few basil leaves in water, and drink this as tea. You may even chew some basil leaves or apply basil leaf oil on forehead. Basil acts as muscle relaxant, and has calming and analgesic effects.

Lavender
Put a few drops of lavender oil on a tissue paper or handkerchief and inhale. This is helpful even in migraine cases.

Cloves
Crush a few cloves and place these in a sachet. Inhale it from time to time. You can also massage forehead with clove oil.

Apple
Simply eat an apple with some salt. Apples can balance acid and alkaline levels in the body to provide relief.

Apple cider vinegar
Add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a full glass of water and drink it.

Rajkumari Tankha
Rajkumari Tankha
The writer is a Delhi-based journalist. She has previously worked for Ministry of I & B (Govt of India), Hindustan Times and Special Audience Publications.
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