WAYS TO GET RID OF HEADACHES NATURALLY. For the average Nigerian adult, headaches are a common condition that is experienced daily and even one second of it is too long to experience the pain and other associated effects. There are different types of headaches, but the most common is the tension headache which causes a lot of discomforts and can be so unbearable that it disrupts your day to day activities.
One of the things to consider with headaches is trying as much as possible to place yourself in a headache soothing environment and try remedies to help break the cycle of the headaches. Of course, there are many medications that can be used to relieve the symptoms of headaches, but there are also quite a few natural and effective ways to get rid of headaches naturally, such as the ones that will be listed below:
TRY MORE HERB TEAS AND LESS CAFFEINE
Herbal teas have a way of soothing your body and reducing the tension that causes part or most of your headaches which results in your headache fading faster. The best herbs to consider are ginger, lavender, cayenne pepper, and peppermint. For example, peppermint, ginger, and cayenne teas possess natural pain-relieving properties where both the peppermint and ginger help to reduce the nausea that some people experience when having severe headaches.
Lavender tea, on the other hand, helps to reduce the inflammation in your blood vessels and has been found to be one of the most effective natural remedies for relieving stress and anxiety-induced headaches. Apart from drinking the tea, you can also cover your eyes with hot packs filled with dried lavender to relieve your headache as soon as it starts.
If you want to make a combo tea that’ll chase that headache away, steep a pinch of cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint and 1 inch of fresh ginger in 2 cups of boiling water for about 15 minutes, then drink it.
Speaking of teas, caffeine is a paradox when it comes to headaches. Drinking too much could cause a headache while drinking a little after the onset of a headache could help you ease the pain. So take only a small quantity of caffeine such as a single cup of tea or coffee or even a single chocolate bar. Those energy drinks that have a high caffeine content should be avoided at all costs. Of course, you can only consider caffeinated teas if your headache wasn’t originally caused by high consumption of caffeine.
TURN OFF THE LIGHTS AND NOISE AND GET SOME REST
Many headaches are triggered by external stimuli like flickering or bright lights especially for those that spend hours on end in front of a computer so one of the first things to do is to calm your senses by giving yourself some downtime in a dark room. You could move to a dark room until your headache goes away or for as long as you can. On the other hand, if you are going to be out and about in harsh light, you can wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. It isn’t as effective as spending some time in a dark room but it usually helps.
Apart from shutting out bright lights, loud noise is another stimulus that’s been known to trigger headaches, so turn off all the background noise around you like televisions and radios or just move to a quieter room. If this isn’t possible, you can cover your ears with noise-canceling earphones or headphones. Of course, there are some people that are uncomfortable in silent places, if this is you, then instead of loud or stimulating noises, you can opt for more soothing music.
In addition, not getting enough sleep or being overly stressed can trigger a headache, so once you’ve turned off the lights and shut down the noise, the next thing is to take a few minutes to lay down on your back, close your eyes and get some rest anywhere from 5 minutes to 30 minutes to chase away the headache. Try not to get too much sleep though, because sometimes too much sleep can cause headaches as well.
APPLY A COLD COMPRESS OR TAKE A COLD SHOWER
Applying a cold compress or a cold washcloth to your aching head can cause the contraction of the blood vessels in your head which slows down the rush of blood there and help to reduce the pain of a headache.
The process is pretty simple really. If you don’t have a readymade cold compress, just wet a clean, soft washcloth with chilled water and either place it on the back of your neck or across your forehead. You can leave it there for about 15 minutes, then take a 15-minute break before applying it again. You can continue doing this till the headache goes away. WAYS TO GET RID OF HEADACHES NATURALLY.
Alternatively and especially after a hot day with hours spent in Lagos traffic, for example, a cold shower may be even better, especially if you follow that with sleeping in a cool room. Just stand under a cool shower and let the water run over the top of your head – although some ladies may not like this option – for a minimum of 15 minutes, then give yourself a scalp massage – which is known to result in fewer headaches and even improved sleep – as you shampoo your hair which both reduces the tension in your head while releasing the trapped heat.WAYS TO GET RID OF HEADACHES NATURALLY.
When you are done with the shower, don’t dry the hair or your scalp, just brush off the excess water then lie down in a cool room with your damp hair and try to get some sleep. If you are worried about wetting your pillow just drape a towel over it.
Just remember that in some cases, cool temperatures may worsen headaches so if the pain increases in the first 5 minutes of your cold treatment, stop what you are doing and try another natural remedy.