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Home Remedies for Headaches

By September 9, 2013Health & Fitness, Home

Headaches–one of the most common and most annoying ailments! We all suffer from the occasional headache so what can we do for relief? My favorite remedies are the ones done right at home! Home remedies often provide the best relief without the medication. Check out some of my favorite home remedies for headaches:

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Water

H2O is my favorite home remedy for headaches. About 99% of the time, my headaches are a result of lack of water consumption. To avoid headaches throughout the day, I try to consume as close to 2 liters of water a day. This is a great preventative measure. If a headache does creep its way into your day, try drinking a few glasses of water.

Avoid Technology

Let’s admit it: we are basically staring at our phones or computers for a HUGE chunk of the day. Without even realizing it we can spend hours staring at a screen. Sound like you? If you suffer from headaches, try giving your eyes a rest (literarly!). Close the computer screen, shut off the phone, turn off the iPad and just RELAX. Give your eyes a few minutes away from all that light and activity! Trust me!

Hot Shower

One of my favorite ways to relieve those annoying headaches is a hot shower! The heat from the shower helps increase circulation and relieve any of that built up tension. Just imagine the relaxation from a hot sauna…Nice, right?

Cayenne Pepper

Probably not something you want to drink when you’re suffering from an annoying headache—I know. However, cayenne pepper works by relieving the pain and inflammation. How does it work? The capsaicin (which makes pepper HOT) in cayenne pepper works by depleting the pain signals in the body, thus relieving headaches! Try mixing a 2 or 3 teaspoons of cayenne pepper with a glass of water. Drink up!

Sleep

Sounds simple! Sleep is often one of the most basic solutions for a headache. Simply giving your body a chance to relax and rejuvenate works wonders for headaches! Try drinking a glass of water, taking a nap, then consuming another glass of water upon waking.

Chamomile Tea

One of the ultimate forms of relaxtion—Chamomile tea! We all know and love chamomile for its relaxing properties, so why not consume a hot cup of chamomile tea to melt your headache away?

Peppermint Oil

This minty oil works wonders in relieving tension headaches by increasing blood flow. For headache relief, create a soothing steam bath. Boil a few cups of water. Carefully pour the water into a glass bowl, add a few drops of peppermint oil. Carefully inhale the steam (be careful so you don’t burn yourself!). For a full facial steam, put a towel over your head (this is also a great way to open your pores!).

Scalp Massage

Ever rub your temples when you have a headache? Why is this one of our first instincts? Because it feels so good! Scalp (and neck) massages help relax the tense muscles that can result in a tension headache. Try giving yourself a scalp and neck massage while enjoying a relaxing, hot shower.

 

*If you suffer from continuous headaches, I would recommend contacting your doctor, as this may be a sign of another condition.

Peace, love & coconuts!

-Zeena

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