Many a times, we have certain important deadlines to meet or important meetings to attend but we just cannot bring ourselves to work due to the throbbing pain in our heads.
Headaches are the nagging pain that we experience in our heads and certain areas of the neck, which make our head feel heavy and eyes droopy. Headaches make us feel tired, nauseous, etc., which makes us unable to concentrate at the task in hand.
Headaches are caused due to various reasons such as seasonal changes or change in weather and temperature. However, they are more common in the winters.
When we suddenly step out in the freezing cold, the trigeminal nerve in our brain contracts and triggers a headache. Also, the cold storm in the winters hit our ear drum, causing ear pain and eventually a headache.
Headaches are extremely annoying, especially for people with busy lives. A lot of people resort to temporary solutions to the problem by just popping in a pill.
These pills not only cause side effects but also give only temporary relief, so you can be sure that your headache will make a comeback sooner than later.
Here are the top home remedies that will help you get rid of headaches quickly. Take a look.
1) Drinking Plenty Of Fluids:
Dehydration will definitely trigger a headache in your body. Therefore, it is important to stay hydrated. Adequate water in the body helps ease pain, thereby helping you combat headaches naturally.
2) Using Cold Or Hot Pad:
Headaches are triggered by the contraction of trigeminal nerve in our brain. Applying a hot pack will expand the nerve and let more blood flow into the brain, reducing the headache. Similarly, a cold compress can be used to relieve the muscle tension around the head and neck, which are often the points of pain during a headache.
3) Peppermint Tea:
Peppermint tea relaxes the blood vessels of the brain and helps cure headaches. Peppermint tea also effectively fights against cold, which also triggers headaches.
Brew some fresh peppermint tea instead of popping a painkiller and you will find your headache gone in no time.
4) Inhaling Eucalyptus Oil:
Eucalyptus oil is an excellent expectorant. It cleans the body off toxins and also opens up the nasal passages. This helps drain your blocked sinuses, which can also be a cause of your headaches. The smell of this essential oil relaxes the brain and jams the pain signals.
In a clean handkerchief, put some 3-4 drops of the oil and inhale constantly. Alternatively, apply 3-4 drops of fresh eucalyptus oil on your temples, chest and back for immediate relief.
5) Ginger Tea:
Ginger tea is anti-inflammatory and reduces the swelling in the brain. It also works by blocking the prostaglandins, which are the chemical messengers of pain to the brain that help reduce headaches.
Take a fresh ½ inch piece of ginger and boil it in a cup of water for 2 minutes. Strain and drink.
6) Applying Cinnamon Paste Around Forehead And Temples:
Cinnamon is known to relax the muscles of our body. When applied on the forehead and temples, it relaxes the muscles around that area and gives relief from headaches. The smell of the cinnamon also helps relax the brain and treat sinuses.
Grind 2 sticks of cinnamon in a grinder. Mix the powder with water and apply this paste onto the forehead and temples.
7) Basil Tea And Basil Steam:
The herb basil is an anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory, which relaxes the muscles of the head. Its analgesic properties are known to provide an immediate relief from headaches and also reduce the episodes of nausea and vomiting.
Boil some fresh basil leaves in water for 5 minutes, strain and drink this tea.
In a pan of water, add a few basil leaves. Cover your head with a cloth and inhale the basil-induced steam. Repeat this several times in a day.
8) Massaging Clove Oil Around Forehead And Temples:
Clove oil is very soothing and an anti-depressant. It will give immediate relief from headaches induced by depression. It opens up the blood vessels of the brain and helps reduce the pain of a headache.
Take a few drops of clove oil on your fingers and massage it onto the temples and forehead. Repeat it at least three times in a day.
9) Apple Cider Vinegar Steam:
Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries to cure headaches relating to sinus congestions. The acetic acid in it works by killing the bacteria, which causes the sinus infection. It also reduces inflammation and helps reduce the pain of headaches.
Add 1 tablespoon of ACV in a pot of hot water, cover your head with a towel and breathe in the steam.
10) Thyme Oil Hot Compress:
Thyme oil is a wonderful stress reliever. It stimulates the nerves and improves blood circulation to the brain. Using thyme oil as a hot compress will just make the oil more effective in treating headaches.
Add 2-3 drops of thyme oil on a hot compress and place it on the forehead.