How To Get Rid Of A Headache In A Drug Free Way?
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) contains a compound known as sesquiterpene lactones, which are believed to have anti-inflammatory properties that are highly effective to relieve headaches and migraines. Feverfew constricts blood vessels that are pressing on nerves and reduces inflammation which vanishes pain. Similar in effects to aspirin, feverfew is for sure a good replacement to over-the-counter drugs, but without any harmful effects.
You will need
- Feverfew dried or fresh leaves 3-5
- Water 1 glass
Add feverfew leaves in a glass of water and bring it to a boil. Now steep it for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid into a cup and drink when warm. It may taste bitter and can irritate your mouth but the effects are worth the bitterness. You can also eat fresh feverfew leaves if you don’t like tea.
Feverfew is also available in caplets, in case if you don’t found the leaves. Look for the product that is standardized for 0.2 percent parthenolide. Recommended dosage is 125 milligrams once a day.
Note: Do not use feverfew if you are pregnant as it can cause preterm contractions.
Try electric toothbrush to brush away headaches
Well! It may sound a little weird but trust me, an electric toothbrush is a quick way to treat headaches. How? The mild vibrations of an electric toothbrush can actually function as a massager and relieve the tension which as a result relieves the pain.
You will need
- An electric toothbrush
With an electric toothbrush massage the temples for few minutes. You will surely get instant relief.
Epsom salt bath
Magnesium deficiency is another common cause of headaches in women. Warm Epsom salt baths are a great way to correcting a magnesium deficiency, hence fighting a headache. Epsom salt bath also helps cure headaches by relaxing the muscles and easing tension. Heat also helps dilate contracted blood vessels. What else better than this, Pamper yourself and fight headaches too by enjoying warm Epsom baths twice a week.
You will need
- Epsom salt 1 cup
- Warm water
Put Epsom salt in a tub filled with warm water. Mix well to disperse Epsom salt equally in water. Now sit in this water in a comfortable position. Keep there for about 15 minutes.
Sip some coffee
This remedy will surely work if you are not a heavy coffee drinker. Caffeine in coffee is the hero ingredient that is the reason why pain medications use coffee as an active ingredient. Another reason to use coffee in pain killers is that caffeine also has an ability to help absorb other medications.
A headache happens when our body releases a chemical substance known as adenosine that inflamed blood vessels. Caffeine reduces the swollen vessels that are causing headaches and also helps absorb other medications, which kill pain fast.
You will need
- A cup of strong coffee (200 mg)
Drink a cup of strong coffee, but not more than 200 mg or it will worsen your headache.
Cut down stress and depression
Tension Headaches are the most commonly experienced form of headaches. In order to have a headache free life, de-cluttering stress and depression from your life are crucial. It is not an easy thing I agree but not impossible as well. With a little knowledge and will power anyone can lead a stress free life; no stress means a beautiful contented life-free of headaches.
Read our article to find out how to get rid of depression naturally?
These home remedies are tried and found effective in treating headaches but consult your doctor if you have chronic headaches that are severe and frequent. Also see a doctor, if the headaches get progressively worse over days or weeks; if you have never has headaches, and they have started suddenly; if you have a headache accompanied by changes in memory, personality, or behavior; if you have a headache after injury or accident; if you have a headache with a stiff neck, fever, rash or breathing problems.
Tips to get rid of headaches
Beside these simple home remedies that really help get rid of headaches fast, some lifestyle changes and modifications that are quite effective to prevent headaches include:
- Cut down or limit alcohol consumption
- Stay away from smoking and tobacco
- At least 30 minutes exercise daily
- Manage stress
- Don’t skip meals
- Set a schedule and follow it regularly
- Sometimes magnesium deficiency could also cause headaches. Check if your magnesium levels are balanced or not.
- Calcium deficiency in women is another cause of menstruation headaches. Get your calcium check too.
- Aim to have an uninterrupted 7-8 hours’ sleep daily
- If you are a blood pressure patient, keep your blood pressure in control
- If you are diabetic, keep your blood sugar levels balanced
- Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables
- Avoid eating too salty foods as it cause dehydration
- Avoid or limit consumption of junk food
- Avoid straining your eyes working on computers or watching TV for longer period
- Maintain a good posture