Headaches are not only painful; they can affect your work performance and zap your energy. Instead of reaching for pain pills, try these natural cures.
You Will Need
* A washcloth
* A hot water bottle
* A calming environment
* The ability to relax
Step 1: Use a cold compress
Wet a washcloth in very cold water or place a damp washcloth in the freezer for 10 minutes. Place over your forehead.
Use a few drops of peppermint oil on the cold cloth to speed relief.
Step 2: Use heat
Place a very warm washcloth or hot water bottle across your forehead. Place a heating pad across your neck and shoulders to relax tight muscles.
Step 3: Massage
Rub the painful area of your head with gentle, circular pressure for seven to 15 seconds.
Step 4: Lie quietly
Lie down in a dark, quiet room and release tension by focusing on relaxing your back, neck, and shoulders.
Step 5: Nap
Nap for an hour to "sleep off" the pain.
Step 6: Eat and drink
Eat regular meals and drink lots of water. Hunger and dehydration can cause headaches; getting proper nutrition and fluids can put the odds back in your favor.
Fact: Tension, stress, sinus congestion, lack of sleep, caffeine withdrawal, and spinal problems can all cause headaches.