Headache? Try These Natural Remedies

Headaches can be a pain in the brain and hard to manage, especially if you are not a fan of taking pain medications such as paracetamol. 

Here are some natural remedies and tips to take the edge off your pounding head.

Find the cause:

Write down elements in your life that may be causing unnecessary stress or tension. Consider things like;

  • Posture: Sitting with your shoulders shrugged and back hunched can cause regular headaches.
  • Water consumption: Dehydration can lead to headaches
  • Diet: Are you eating regularly and taking in vitamin rich foods

Once you have asked yourself these questions and brainstormed some reasons why you may be experiencing headaches, you can then begin to take action.

Reduce eye strain:

Have your eyes tested regularly in order to track changes and update your lenses to avoid eye strain. If you don't have glasses, it is still a good idea to get your eyes check at least annually to make sure your eyesight has not deteriorated.

Rest:

The recommended hours of sleep for an adult is 7-9 hours per night. Without this minimum our bodies cannot and will not function as they should. Sleep deprivation can cause headaches.

H20:

Drinking plenty of room temperature water is great for keeping your hydrated and clear of headaches relating to dehydration which can be pulsating and distracting.

Fresh Air:

Open a window or ideally get outside for some fresh air, breathing deeply will help to clear your head, release tension in the body and mind.

Diet: Plant based vitamins and minerals are essential components of your daily diet. Some great ones are peppermint oil or tea, magnesium and Vitamin B12.

Other methods to try:

  • Get some outdoor Vitamin D from the sun.
  • Regular exercise can not only reduce headaches but also pressures of life.
  • Yoga.
  • Stretch, roll the shoulders and try a new pillow for your neck.
  • Having your neck out can cause serious migraines and pain in the head region resulting in headaches and more.
  • Breathe. In and out slowly, counting down from 3. 
  • Meditate. Just 5 minutes a day is all it takes. 
  • Massage: If a full body massage is too time consuming, settle for a neck, shoulders and head massage. Another great relief is a temple massage, very gently with some peppermint oil or lavender.
  • Aromatherapy: Diffuse lavender oil or a blended mix of calming oils into the room you are sitting in, just be sure to have a window open in order to allow fresh air in too.
  • Acupuncture: This traditional Asian medicinal remedy has been around for years and can help relieve tension in areas that trigger headaches.