Whether you’re against medication overuse or can’t afford medication right now for some reason, it’s always helpful to know how to get rid of a headache without resorting to medication. There are many natural and alternative treatments and prevention methods that you can try to get rid of headaches and migraines. Keep reading to find it.
Try walking. Walking can be very helpful in treating a headache, especially if it’s causing stress or if you’re constantly staring at computer or TV screens. The headache will go away instantly if you go somewhere quiet, take a deep breath, and try to clear your mind.
Try to get out into nature as much as possible, such as a secluded sandy beach or a quiet country road, but if you can’t get out of town, go to a park or garden.
You can also do some exercises or light jogging. Studies show that aerobic exercise relieves pain and that regular exercise helps reduce headaches.
Try the ice cream. Put an ice pack on your head to reduce the feeling of throbbing. You can try applying ice to your forehead, temples, or back of your neck. The coldness of the ice will help soothe the muscles and relieve pain
Take a bath. Take a bath. Tension headaches usually go away if you give yourself a little relaxation. A warm bath (with the addition of soothing essential oils) can make all the difference, but even a quick, regular shower will help relieve some of the stress of the day.
Massage your head. Use your index finger and thumb to massage the part of your brain where you feel pain, whether it’s in the forehead, top of the head, back of the head, or the temples. Make regular circular motions, adding a little pressure. Do this for 10-20 seconds or more if necessary.
You can ask a friend or family member to help you massage your head, neck, or back. You can also use the services of a professional masseur.
Try taking a nap. Try to sleep, and you may wake up to find that the headache is completely gone. Find a quiet room, close the curtains, lie on a soft surface like a bed or sofa, then close your eyes and help yourself release the underlying tension in your neck, back, and shoulders. Clear your mind, focus on your breathing, and try to get a good night’s sleep.
Try lavender oil. The calming properties of lavender products are well known, but did you know that lavender oil is also effective in treating headaches? You can try placing drops of lavender oil in a bowl of warm water, then bringing your head closer to the surface of the water in the bowl and wrapping a towel around your head. Inhale deeply the rich lavender fumes.
Lavender oil can also be used topically. Try massaging your temples with a few drops of undiluted lavender oil for a minute or two while breathing deeply.
Know that lavender oil should not be taken orally.
Try ginger. Ginger helps reduce inflammation in the blood vessels, which is why it is often used to treat headaches. You can put some freshly ground ginger in a cup of tea and leave it for a few minutes before drinking it. You can add sugar or milk to improve the taste. Ginger tea is said to be as effective in treating headaches as aspirin.
You can also boil fresh or ground ginger in water to inhale its fumes, such as a steam bath, which also treats headaches.
Chewing on a piece of ginger candy can also relieve headaches.
Try mint. The soothing and calming properties of mint are well known, and peppermint can be very effective in treating headaches. You can use peppermint oil to massage your forehead, temples, and even jaw area. You can also grind fresh mint leaves and place it on your forehead for 10 to 15 minutes, breathing deeply during this time.
You can also make a soothing drink with fresh mint leaves. Just put a little of it in a cup of boiling water and leave it there for a few minutes.
If your headaches are persistent and you start to worry that your condition is getting worse, see your doctor right away.