Headaches are one of the most common, and hence overlooked, ailments. More often than not, we chalk up the headache to a long day at work or fatigue, and reach straight for that bottle of pills to get on with our work. However, aspirin or other painkillers simply cut off the trunk of the problem, not its root. Natural cures are hence a more effective and intelligent way to counter a headache. Follow these simple remedies for curing the headache
Instead of popping that aspirin pill, try having some nuts, like almonds. They are an effective cure for everyday, non-chronic headaches and are certainly a healthier option than medicines. Almonds contain salicin, an ingredient also found in over-the-counter painkillers. Salicin is a popular substance for countering aches and inflammations. So have about 10-12 almonds the next time you feel an ache’s coming in, and see the difference.
Apple Cider Vinegar-
Apple cider vinegar is known to have a lot of health benefits and has been used from early times to cure scurvy and fever etc. For busting that headache, try an apple cider vinegar steam. For this, take about 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a large bowl, and fill the bowl halfway with boiling water. Put your face close to the bowl, but not close enough to burn your skin, and drape a towel over your head and the bowl. Breathe in and out deeply till the water cools down, and feel your headache vanish away with the steam.
It is often considered the sure shot herbal remedy for headaches, as it reduces inflammation of the blood vessels in the head which cause the pain. Have a nice, hot cup of ginger tea, or mix equal parts of ginger and lemon juice in a glass of water and drink it. For quicker relief, apply a paste of ginger powder and water on your forehead.
Often, headaches are felt when our body muscles, like those in the neck, back and face get knotted up due to stress or inactivity. To counter this, do some activity, like going for a walk in fresh air or doing yoga. They will stretch and relax your body, get some oxygen into the blood. Exercise also releases endorphins, the happy hormones, into your blood, which will help in chasing the headache away.