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Five natural headache remedies

by Wendy Martin (follow)
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While there's so many things in everyday life that can cause a headache - stress, dehydration, lack of sleep etc. - when you have one, it's good to know that they're only temporary and can often be fixed with natural remedies you may already have at home.



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Headaches that feel a bit like this can often be alleviated by natural products you might already have at home. Image credit: Freeimages.com/marcelogerpe


1. Make ginger root tea
If you have fresh ginger in your fridge, you can cut off a bit and make a tea that can not only ease your headache, but can be helpful for those who get nausea with severe headaches or migraines.

Simply create a homemade tea by simmering about three slices the size of a ten cent piece into 2-3 cups of water, covered, for 30 minutes.

If you don't have fresh ginger at home, chewing on a few pieces of crystallised ginger can sometimes help too.



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Making a tea from ginger root can help ease a headache and calm nausea. Image credit: Freeimages.com/borissenker


2. Drink a tall glass of water
It's incredibly common to not consume the the 8-10 glasses of water recommended in a day; sometimes you'll feel better after having a tall glass of (warm or room temperature) water.



glass of water
Sometimes a simple glass of water can help alleviate your headache. Image credit: Freeimages.com/JanWillemGeertsma


3. Use an ice pack or cold compress
Ice can help reduce the inflammation that sometimes contributes to headaches and it also has the added benefit of numbing pain. Putting an ice pack (or even a bag of frozen veggies) on the back of your neck for about 30 minutes can provide relief from tension and sometimes migraine headaches.

4. Break out the basil
If you have some fresh basil in your fridge or growing in your garden, you're in luck! Basil can work as a gentle muscle relaxant so just put a few leaves into a cup of boiling water and let simmer for a few minutes to make a tea (it's divine with a bit of honey!) .

You can also simply pick off a few leaves and chew on them to assist. The oil in the basil should assist fairly quickly.



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Pick some fresh basil from the garden and chew on the leaves to assist in alleviating a headache. Image credit: Freeimages.com/Colin Higgins


5. Use peppermint oil
Peppermint contains menthol which is excellent for opening up the clogged blood vessels that can cause headaches. If you happen to have peppermint oil at home you can use it on two ways:

Mix 3-4 drops of it with a tablespoon of olive oil and massage into your temples; or alternatively you can add a few drops of the oil to a bowl of boiling water and do a steam (sit down and put a towel over your head and inhale the steam for a few minutes).

Before you reach for over the counter medication next time you're experiencing a headache, try one of these natural fixes and see if it benefits you.

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