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Natural Ways to Cure a Headache

When was the last time that you let a headache get the better of you?

More common than the common cold, headaches are a constant nuisance, especially when you know it’s a Monday and you’ve got the rest of the week ahead! More often than not, we brush it aside as a common complaint but when a headache gets out of control that’s when we realize how bad it can get. While a ‘quit whining and get on with your work’ attitude works nine out of ten times, all you need is one incident to realize that when a headache gets bad, it can derail us and how. Usually, in such cases, we just reach for a pill and get it over and done with. However, have you ever thought that there could more than one way of curing it? perhaps a better and a healthier way? Well, there is! Here’s list of things that you usually store at home and that works as a natural cure for even the most severe headaches!

Go Nuts

For every day, tension related headaches, almonds are a great natural home remedy. A healthier alternative to over the counter drugs, the reason almonds work as a great pain killer is because they contain a compound called Salicin. Salicin, coincidentally is a component in many headache medicines that we take and consuming it in its natural forms only helps it to work its magic better. However, point to be noted, while almonds are great for regular headaches, they might just act as a trigger if you suffer from severe migraines, so make sure you only use this method when you’re suffering a headache of the mild kind. So the next time you start feeling a headache creeping in just pop a few of these nuts and relax while you feel the pain leaving your body!

Cinnamon Please

Whose house does not have a good old jar of cinnamon sticks? Luckily enough, cinnamon is a miracle spice that can treat headaches and that too very effectively. When you feel an annoying headache sneaking up on you, all you need to do is run to the kitchen, grind up some cinnamon sticks into a fine powder and add some water to make a thick paste. Once this paste is ready, simply apply it on your forehead and temples and lie down for 30 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water. You’ll be surprised as to how effective this super simple home remedy is.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil has a wonderfully soothing effect on a headache. It instantly relaxes you and almost lifts the tension and the pain way. The next time you have a headache, massage a few drops of peppermint oil gently on your temple, forehead and on the back of your jaw. Take a few seconds to really rub the oil in because that way all its goodness gets to seep inside which in turn helps fight the ache. Once that’s done, find a nice and quiet place to relax, sip some cool water and breathe deeply. However, take care to not go overboard with the amount of peppermint oil you apply. While in small quantities, it works as a miracle, if you over step the limit, it can become quite unpleasant and strong. For those who have sensitive skin, diluting the peppermint oil with water or olive oil will help take off the edge.

Ginger All the Way

If you’re looking for an instant relief from headaches, then look no further because ginger is here to save the day. Touted as an elixir for headaches, there are several reasons as to why ginger works so well as a natural cure for these nasty things. Since ginger helps reduce inflammation of the blood vessels in the head, it automatically helps in easing the pain. Additionally, ginger also stimulates digestion and helps deal with nausea that usually accompanies a headache or even migraines. The easy availability and abundance of this ingredient in every household is what makes ginger such a hit when it comes to natural remedies. When you have a headache, all you need to do is steep some ginger in tea or mix some ginger juice with lemon juice and drink up. You can also apply a paste on your forehead for a few minutes to provide quicker relief.

Lavender Oil

This one’s as good as killing two birds with one stone. Lavender not only adds a beautiful fragrance to your house, but it works wonders when it comes to curing a headache and a migraine as well. when you feel a headache creeping up on you, use this wonderful flower and herb to shoo it away. All you need is some lavender oil which you can use by either inhaling or applying topically when suffering from pain. If you plan to inhale it, add two to four drops of the oil for every three cups of boiling water and take in a deep breath and let all the wonderful vapors do the needful. The best part about lavender oil is that unlike most medicinal oils that are used as home remedies, lavender can be safely applied externally without diluting it. As long as you don’t take it in orally, you’re good!

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