Not everyone wants to reach for the Tylenol when a headache starts to brew in your brain. Sometimes, we'd rather start with something more natural to cure it. These are some of the top tips on how to naturally beat a headache! (We aren't doctors here so always check with a professional before trying anything new)
First, it's important to know there are many different types of headaches. Sometimes cold compresses work better for one type, while hot ones do the trick for others. Here's something to help identify your type of ache: (Source)
1. Find some feverfew
Headaches, particularly migraines, can be relieved through the use of the feverfew plant. When a migraine is in the works your blood vessels are changing, and theories suggest that the vessels in your head are expanding and pressing on nerves. Feverfew has been confirmed to relax the tension/constrict blood vessels, easing the painful pressure. It also reduces inflammation and pain overall with a substance called parthenolide, which has results similar to taking a daily aspirin, but without the side effects.
You will need…
-1 ounce fresh or dried flowers
-1 pint of boiling water
Add 1 ounce of fresh or dried feverfew flowers to 1 pint of boiling one. Steep for 10 minutes, and then strain. Drink half a cup twice a day as needed. (via Everyday Roots)
2. Apply an apple cider vinegar compress
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has a long history in realm of natural remedies. It’s been used to relieve everything from scurvy to hay fever, and just about any other ailment that falls in between. Some modern day studies have proven its effectiveness in treating certain illnesses, but most of its clout lies in the reports of people throughout the centuries who have benefited from it. If you find yourself coming down with a throbbing headache, try getting some quality ACV time into your day in the form of a steam-style treatment.
You will need…
-1/4 cup of ACV
-Roughly 3 cups of boiling water
-1 cup of fresh cool water
Pour ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar into a large bowl, and then fill the bowl halfway with boiling water. Place a towel over your head so that it drapes over the bowl, trapping the steam, and hold your face over it. Make sure your face isn’t so close that it gets burned by the steam. Do this for 5-10 minutes, or when the water starts to cool down, breathing in and out deeply the whole time. When you’re done, use the towel to pat your face dry, and go drink a glass of cool water. (via Everyday Roots)
3. Yoga and Streching
This one is pretty self explanatory. Different stretches and Yoga poses can help with tension headaches and migraines. (via Urban Wired)
4. Acupressure on Hand
This little "magic button" is said to help relieve the pain of headaches. It's only temporary, but it can help when you are feeling at your worst!
5. Essential Oils
Different oils can help aid with different headaches. Always make sure to clear the use of oils with our doctor first, and always use in moderation.
What's some other helpful tips you have that work for your most stubborn headaches? Let us know and comment!