Are long work hours leaving you exhausted? Or maybe is the hectic commute to and fro? Either way, we have just the solution for your headaches!
In today’s world, headaches have become a dime a dozen, but that’s no reason to worry because their cures have too.
Here are the nine best ways to cure a headache:
Get A Massage
Although the common perception about massages is that they take a lot of effort to get done, they are relaxing. Mainly since many headaches are caused by neck strain and bad posture, a deep tissue massage would surely help sort things out. There are other fancier options as well, but most say a classic massage does the trick.
Put an ice pack (or a few cubes of ice if you’re in a fix) into a thin cloth (to protect your skin) and place this on your forehead or cheeks for instant relief. However, you must be careful not to leave this on for too long; 7-8 minutes at a time should suffice.
Heat packs are widely available and can be used to cure a headache in a few short moments. But if you can’t find one, you can always make your own with a little uncooked rice. Take a small piece of cloth and place the rice in it before sewing up the loose ends, heat this in the microwave when needed.
Waterworks miracles. Lots of headaches are caused by dehydration, especially with today’s weather conditions. It’s best to have a good old glass of water to soothe your aches as soon as possible.
Green Or White Tea
Chamomile tea a personal favorite for many. While coffee and other caffeinated soft drinks can be headache-inducing, a nice cup of tea can help you unwind after a tiresome day at work. Also, it enables you to sleep better and remain calmer than coffee would.
Use Essential Oils
Essential oils and aromatherapy have been proven to reduce cortisol (the stress hormone) and leave people feeling relaxed and refreshed. An expert tip is to apply small amounts of peppermint oil and gently massage it into your temples. Another option would be inhaling lavender oil, either through a diffuser or by using a little on the upper lip.
Acupuncture is commonly known to relieve quite a few muscle pains and cramps; luckily, that extends to headaches as well. It activates the body’s natural relief mechanisms and allows for smoother blood flow, thus eliminating pain. Be sure to trust only professionals.
You may have heard this from your grandmother, but don’t be quick to dismiss it. Ginger can work wonders to soothe body pain. You can either take some with a spoon of honey or make a ginger tea/infusion to help cure your headache at any time.
This may sound like an old wives’ tale, but steady breathing exercises can help regulate the body and get rid of most airlocks that could cause temporary pain. You can find a beautiful quiet place and a solid soundtrack to help match your breathing, too; this will help your muscles to relax and ease any discomfort.
Last but not least, declutter your life. Even if it means going on a full-fledged Marie Kondo style cleaning spree, it will do wonders to clear up headspace.