Have a headache? Submerge your feet and hands in hot water and put a bag of frozen peas on the back of your head. The heat on your extremities pulls the blood from your head relieving your headache pains. The submersion in hot water gets the blood moving to your feet and allows for blood vessels in the head to become eased of pain. Applying a cold compress or bag of frozen peas behind your neck helps minimize symptoms of a headache by reducing the neurotransmitters to the brain that trigger pain and instead focuses on the ‘cold’ sensation.
Studies have shown that over ½ of the world wide adult population have suffered from headaches in their lifetime, more commonly tension headaches that come with the stress of everyday life. If submerging your feet and hands into hot water doesn’t seem to be easing the pain, here are some other proven home remedies that don’t require a prescription or taking any medicines at all.
1. Get Some ZZZ’s
As a child we fought tooth and nail to avoid a nap or our bedtime, but as an adult we long for a good night’s sleep even if it may not be for the suggested 7-9 hours a night. Our bodies need time to unwind, refresh and be ready to start a new day so getting at least the minimum amount of sleep can keep us happy and healthy. At times, lack of sleep can cause headaches and many times regardless of the type of headache you have, a good nap can really help relieve your symptoms.
Dehydration can play a culprit when it comes to headaches and migraines, so keeping hydrated daily regardless of the weather is a crucial way to keep yourself headache free. For those suffering from pre-existing headaches find that drinking a tall glass of water may replenish your thirst and help minimize headache symptoms.
3. The Power Of Smell
An alternative therapy for the treatment of headaches that offers different types of health benefits. It’s been proven that certain smells are able to trigger responses that are not only positive but can greatly reduce pain and inflammation. In order to soothe and relax the pain look for rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint and lavender.
4. DIY Massage
We may not all have a partner or someone at home that can help ease your pain with a nice and calming massage but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of this popular pain relieving method. Sitting back, preferably in a quiet area, beginning to gently massage your neck as well as your temples help trigger pressure points and may hopefully soothe your headache.
5. Have A Coffee
Good things come in moderation and that being said, the amount of coffee you drink should be monitored. If you’re not into coffee try drinking a regular soda that also contains caffeine and can also control headache symptoms. An important factor to remember when it comes to drinking caffeine is that too much can actually cause a headache or worsen yours, and when you stop caffeine completely or haven’t had any for a few days, your body goes into withdrawal causing headaches and migraines to appear.
6. Chill Out
With relaxing breathing techniques, meditation and yoga, staying calm and working on your breathing can be done in the comfort of your home without having to step foot outside the house. These types of activities when done correctly can help ease pain and relax muscle tension and headaches as you focus on your breathing and not on the pain.
When you’re suffering from headaches the last thing you want to do is take medicine that will have side effects like many of those on the market do. It’s the safest bet to start off by home remedies trying several and see what works for you. If these remedies aren’t helping, having a pain reliever may do the trick. If headaches are persistent and happen frequently, seek the help of a professional. In today’s busy world, we don’t have time to be suffering from a headache!