Natural Headache Relief
Specific Natural Treatments for Headache ReliefWhen you first notice the pain of a headache beginning, headache specialists often recommend one of the following:
- Applying ice to your head, but making sure not to put the ice directly on your head. You can wrap ice or a bag of frozen vegetables in a towel.
- Applying heat to the back of the neck. Heat can loosen up the muscles that tighten with tension headaches. Try a hot shower, bath, or heating pad.
- Lying down in a dark room.
You may also find relief from home remedies that have been passed down through the generations. There are no studies to show whether or not these remedies work, but there is little harm in trying them. Some home remedies for headaches include:
- Drinking one or two cups of peppermint tea.
- Slicing peeled cucumbers and putting them on your forehead.
- Blanching five to seven rosemary leaves in a cup of boiling water. Add some honey, wait three minutes, and drink.
- Pouring one cup of boiling water on 1 to 2 teaspoons of marjoram. Wait 5 to 10 minutes and drink.
There are also a number of herbs that can help relieve headaches naturally. Two of these herbs are peppermint and feverfew. Peppermint is a flowering plant that grows in North America and Europe. Studies have looked at whether applying diluted peppermint oil to the forehead and temples can be effective at treating tension headaches. To date, no studies have shown a clear benefit.
Feverfew has been used for centuries for fevers, headaches, stomachaches, toothaches, insect bites, infertility, and problems with menstruation and labor during childbirth. More recently, it has been recommended for the prevention of migraine headaches.
Previous research studies involving feverfew and migraines have shown mixed results. Some research suggests that feverfew may be helpful in preventing migraine headaches in people who experience chronic migraines. Other studies, however, have shown no benefit. Side effects of feverfew for migraines can include canker sores, nausea, and bloating.
(Click Feverfew for Migraines for more information.)