7 Ways to Naturally Relieve Your Headache
Kids. Stress. Tension. Kids. Allergies. Kids. These factors and more can cause headaches, which usually strike at the worst possible moments. When you’re a mom, a headache can stop you in your tracks and make it hard to be effective. You can’t afford to be down and out when you have little ones running around. There are loads of pain medications that can help, but if you’re out of aspirin or don’t like relying on medicine, there’s good news – you don’t HAVE to reach for the pills!
Below, you will find 7 methods to naturally relieve your headache so the discomfort will be gone!
1. Essential Oils
They are all the rage right now, and essential oils have been known to help reduce headaches. Lavender and peppermint oils are two of the most popular for treating this type of discomfort. You can apply a few drops to a cotton ball and inhale the scent, or massage a drop or two into your forehead for relief.
2. Herbal Tea
A warm cup of tea is not only relaxing but it can help alleviate any tension and discomfort in the head. Chamomile and ginger can work to help you beat the pain. When possible, use the freshest herbs for the most effect on your headache.
They are a great, nutritious snack, but almonds can also help you to naturally relieve your headache. A compound called salicin is found in the nuts, which is also used in over-the-counter pain medications. Eat a couple handfuls at the first sign of a headache to shorten its lifespan.
4. Cayenne Powder
You may feel you can’t handle hot foods when suffering from a headache, but cayenne powder can actually help eliminate the pain. The pepper contains capsaicin, which helps to eliminate pain receptors.
Add ¼ teaspoon of cayenne powder to half-cup warm water and mix well. Dip a cotton swab into the mixture, and gently apply the water just inside each nostril. Be careful not to go too far inside. There will be some burning, but once it subsides, your headache should be gone too!
5. Scalp Massage
Sometimes, the best home remedy for a headache is a simple massage. You can do it yourself – though it would be more relaxing if someone were around to do it for you! Gently rub the temples as well as the base of your skull to help reduce your discomfort.
6. Mental Imagery
This may sound too good to be true, but studies have shown that using your imagination can work against a headache. This is especially effective for stress headaches. Close your eyes, rest your head on a soft surface, and allow yourself to think of a peaceful setting. Maybe it’s the beach or beautiful mountain landscape. Add light, relaxing music if you prefer.
With this treatment method, simply massaging certain points on the bottom of your feet can help to relieve the headache you are dealing with. Press between your first and second toes with your finger, rubbing the area for 3 to 5 minutes.
Do you have anything you can add? I’d love to hear your home remedies!