It’s a little ironic that Thanh is a pharmacist and yet I resist medicines until absolutely necessary. You won’t find me running for a Tylenol when dealing with the common headache. Instead, I rely on natural remedies that will not give me any side effects or drug dependency.
How to cure headaches… naturally:
1) Drink plenty of water. Dehydration can lead to a headache (especially if you’re hungover). Drink a tall glass of water as soon as your head starts to hurt and try to continue drinking small sips throughout the day. You should gradually feel the pain start to ease. While a lot of caffeine is not recommended, you can try a cup of tea made from passionflower, rosemary, or lavender. Peppermint or chamomile tea can also help to relax you.
2) Eat. Lack of food can cause a headache, so make sure you’ve eaten something recently. In addition, some foods are thought to help alleviate headaches, such as almond and cayenne pepper.
3) Use a cool compress. Placing something soft and cool over your forehead can help the blood vessels constrict, which might ease some of the pain of the headache. This works particularly well if the problem is concentrated in your temples or sinuses. Grab a bag of frozen peas for an easy, no-brainer cool compress. Alternatively, you can soak up a sponge, freeze it in a Ziploc, and use it as a cool compress.
4) Massage your scalp, neck and ear lobes. Doing some light massage can distract you from the pain, as well as improve circulation and relieve tension.
5) Practice relaxation techniques. People around the world use a variety of tricks to distract themselves from pain. These include meditation, deep breathing, yoga, stretching, and aromatherapy.
How to prevent headaches:
1) Don’t strain your eyes. Every 20 minutes, look away from the computer screen for 20 seconds.
2) Maintain good posture. Muscle tension may cause headaches.
2) Exercise regularly.
3) Avoid or reduce MSG from your diet.
4) Stay calm. Being frustrated and angry may build up facial tension and eventually cause headaches.
5) If you experience headaches often, keep a record. This will help you identify patterns that bring about headaches, such as after a particularly stressful period at work, after communication problems, after eating certain foods, etc. Understanding these patterns can keep you from repeating them and hence prevent predictable headaches.
Good luck and stay pain free!