When you’re suffering from a headache, even the most pleasurable of experiences can feel like a nightmare, and day-to-day tasks can often seem like torture. If you’re one of the 45 million Americans who suffer from chronic headaches, you’ve probably turned to prescription drugs and over-the-counter remedies, but haven’t seen much relief. Skinny Ms. might finally be able to put an end to your suffering. We’ve got 7 time-honored natural headache remedies that can relieve headache pain without doing a number on your body.
Here are 7 Natural Headache Remedies:
Aside from tasting great, ginger can help to reduce inflammation in the blood vessels of the head and relieve pain. Chewing raw ginger is effective, but many headache sufferers choose to use ginger as part of a natural tea. To make ginger tea: Allow tea leaves and ginger to steep for several minutes before adding lowfat milk and/or honey for taste. Inhale the vapor from the tea before sipping slowly. You might like our Lemon and Ginger Detox Drink.
Believe it or not, this kitchen staple can also help alleviate headaches. Both apples and apple cider vinegar contain properties that can balance the alkaline and acidic levels in the body. So, when you feel your next headache come on, munch on a sliced apple, or add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and sip for immediate relief. For more helpful uses for Apple Cider Vinegar, click here.
3. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint Oil has long been known for its calming and soothing properties. By massaging peppermint oil, or peppermint leaves, into the temples, forehead, and jaws, you can help to open the blood vessels and reduce inflammation. Add a few drops of peppermint oil to a pot of boiling water for a headache killing steam treatment.
4. Cayenne Pepper
The active ingredient in Cayenne Pepper, capsaicin, has been known to alter the way signals are transmitted through pain receptors to the brain, thus resulting in a lower pain threshold. During a headache, try dropping a pinch of cayenne in a cup of hot water, sweetened with honey, and sipping slowly.
Few things are more important to adequate body function than water. When the body lacks enough water, it sends systems into overdrive. Dehydration is one of the leading causes of headaches. It’s important to drink water throughout the day. If you feel a headache coming on, try drinking a tall glass of water. You should gradually feel the pain start to ease. To learn more about the importance of drinking water, click here.
The next time your head starts to pound, make yourself a nice, hot bath with a few drops of lavender, rosemary, or chamomile and feel the pain soak away. Don’t have time for a bath? Add a drop or two of lavender oil to a wet washcloth and drape it across your forehead for steady relief.
As if you needed another reason to love cinnamon. This favorite spice offers a lot of fantastic alternative healing uses, from lowering blood sugar, reducing cholesterol, and numbing tooth aches, to curing headaches and migraines. Try adding a spoonful to hot tea and stirring well before drinking the pain away. You might want to try our Pomegranate Orange Spice Tea with Cinnamon