A headache is one of the most common ailments that could cripple a healthy adult. People who suffer from frequent headaches tend to gravitate towards pain medications and are not aware of the alternative ways to reduce the pain. According to the World Health Organization, “47% of the adult population have headache at least once within last year”.
Believe it or not, there are a lot of ways to combat headache pain aside from just using pain medications. Here are six interesting ways to help you alleviate headache pain.
These red fruits contain an active compound called Quercetin that is a powerful antioxidant and also a strong anti-inflammatory agent. This helps in alleviating the pain. Munching on these fruits, drinking cherry juice, or using a cherry supplement has helped many people who suffer from frequent headaches.
Peppermint has been a common remedy by a lot of people who suffer from frequent bouts of headaches. The scent of the peppermint has a soothing effect on those who suffer from headaches.
Apply peppermint oil on your temples, forehead and the back of your jaw then breathe that soothing, cool scent. Some even pop a peppermint instead of pain medication and still feel relief from a headache. You can even have peppermint tea and find a quiet place to relax. However way you like your peppermint still helps in alleviating the pain.
Ginger has always been a traditional remedy for different ailments. Ginger is a natural means of inhibiting the synthesis of prostaglandin, which is a hormone that alerts your body’s neurons to pain. You can chew on ginger or have it as a tea while you sit back and relax.
Try eating or even sniffing a green apple. Many people claim that their headaches have been reduced with this simple method. The smell reduces muscle contractions in the head and neck, reducing pain. Apple cider vinegar is also used by many as a steam therapy. Add ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar to a large bowl, add in boiling water halfway into the bowl. Drape a towel over your head so it drapes the bowl, trapping the steam. Hold your face over the bowl, making sure that you are not too close to avoid getting burned. Now breathe in and out deeply for 5-10 minutes or until the water cools down. Pat your face dry after and cool down with a glass of water and continue relaxing.
Now before you shrug it off, this weird remedy has a scientific basis to it. Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin that inhibits prostaglandin in our bodies. Different studies have been conducted to support this remedy, with people experiencing relief from their headaches. Mix 4 ounces of water and ½ teaspoon of cayenne powder then soak cotton swabs into this solution. Stir into the mixture to make sure that the powder does not soak to the bottom. Apply the soaked swabs gently to the inside of both your nostrils. Now the heat you would feel may be unpleasant but this sensation is your sign that this remedy is working. As this sensation fades, hopefully so does your headache too.
Temporary relief can be given by most over-the-counter medications but this does not prevent headaches from returning. Try these home remedies and see what suits you best.