Raise your hand if you have never experienced a headache.
I thought so.
Headaches and migraines are becoming our daily partner, to the point that if not you, your friend or colleague experiences it on a daily basis.
Now, what most of us do when we get a headache is to reach for an over-the-counter pill.
I know that is a quick solution.
However, I must say I am not a fan of these pills and quick fixes.
For one, pills are drugs, and they always carry dangerous and lurking side effects.
Therefore, I will share some solutions for you that will help you get rid of headaches in a natural way.
Some of them are possible even at your workplace, some are not.
But all of them are natural, easy, and effective ways to get rid of headaches.
You can either inhale lavender oil or apply it topically.
One thing you cannot and should never do is take it orally.
If you want to inhale lavender oil, two to four drops in two cups of boiling water is all you need.
You can inhale the vapor as a home remedy for headaches.
Another way to use it is to apply it externally, without diluting the lavender oil.
And let’s be honest here, lavender oil smells great, so it is not like you are suffering.
Another essential oil on the list that can be used as a home remedy, peppermint oil also offers fresh smell that improves blood flow in your body.
If you didn’t know, headaches are mostly a result of a poor blood flow.
Peppermint oils can help you open those blood vessels and promote blood flow.
Additionally, peppermint oil also opens up your sinuses, allowing you to get more oxygen into your bloodstream.
This ancient Chinese tradition is one of the best ways to relieve tension and reduce headache pain.
In most cases, headaches are caused by stress or muscle tension, and acupressure can relieve you from that.
Acupressure can be used to stimulate your neck, hands, and shoulder.
First, you need to locate the mastoid bone that is positioned behind your ear.
From there, follow the natural groove in your neck, and get to the point where your muscles are attached to your skull.
There, you want to apply firm pressure for five seconds, all while breathing deeply.
The second point you want to locate is on your shoulder muscle.
The point is located about halfway between the edge of your shoulder and the neck.
Use your opposite hand to pinch the shoulder muscle between your thumb and fingers.
With your index finger, apply pressure and hold for five seconds.
The last spot is on your hand, and that is the soft part between your index finger and your thumb.
There, you want to firm and circular pressure massage for about five seconds.
A word of notice, though, pregnant women should avoid the spot on their hand as it might induce labor.
The area you want to target with this massage is the base of the skull.
Massage has been used as a home remedy for centuries by alternative medicine, and especially in Chinese traditional medicine.
Scalp massage is effective when you suffer from tension headaches, as they relieve tension and improve circulation.
To begin with, you want to place your thumbs on the soft spot between the corner of your eye and your upper ear.
Keep your thumbs on your temples, and apply firm pressure, all while moving your fingers in circular motions.
Keep the movements from your temples to the center of your forehead.
Make sure you use only gentle movements.
After you are done with the temples, gently massage your nose, or specifically, the bridge of your nose.
This will relieve and open up your sinuses.
Last on your list is your scalp, and you should also use gently, round movements, going from the scalp outwards.
You can pour some coconut oil on your fingers and rub your scalp.
Bonus points: your hair will smell fresher after the massage.
Neck and Shoulder Massage
Another area of concern for tension is your neck and your shoulders.
The tension in one of those areas often results with headaches, and by massaging them, you can relieve the pain.
For this massage, you need to sit.
Start by placing your hands on your shoulders, and make sure your fingers point toward your blades.
While exhaling, relax your neck, and allow your head to fall back.
Now, squeeze your fingers, and apply pressure on your shoulder muscles, moving your fingers in small and circular movements towards the skull.
After you are done with the shoulder section, cross your fingers behind your head, and allow the head to drop forward.
What you want to do is to allow the weight of your arms to stretch your shoulders and neck.
One home remedy for headaches that is often underrated is flaxseed.
Most headaches are caused by inflammation, an area in which flaxseeds help by providing your body with a high dose of omega-3 fatty acids.
You can use flaxseed as an essential oil, or as whole seeds.
Can You Prevent Headaches?
There is no right answer to this question, as headaches are as common as they can be.
However, there are general rules of thumb that if you apply them, you will at least reduce the frequency of which you suffer from headaches.
For starters, you must change your diet, and implement as many healthy nutrients as possible.
Most problems we face origin from the food we eat.
Unhealthy food results with headaches, but healthy food provides assets for your body to fight off headaches.
The next thing on your to-do list should be to start some exercising or yoga.
Exercise and yoga relief stress, and if there is one thing you do not want if you are prone to headaches, that is stress.
There might not be a study that shows the connection between exercising and mood improvement, but if you have friends working out, you can see they are mostly in a good mood.
I have a friend that started exercising to battle depression, and after a year, she is now back to her charismatic self and good mood.
Yoga also helps to relieve tension in the muscles and in the head.
Last, but not least, drinking plenty of water is a known way to prevent headaches.
Some headaches occur due to dehydration, and what you can do to prevent them is drink plenty of water.