If you suffer from frequent headaches, then you know how much it can impair your quality of life. It is manifested by known symptoms (intense pulsating pain, often on one side of the head, hypersensitivity to light and sounds, nausea, vomiting). Headache can be caused by stress, medication, poor diet or alcohol, hormonal imbalances, constipation, low blood pressure. If you are taking headache medication just to relieve pain as soon as possible, be aware that the medication has certain side effects.
There are healthy and natural solutions to help calm your mind, reduce stress and prevent headaches.
1. Bath with warm water and mustard
Stress exacerbates headache and migraines. When you feel a headache begin, sit or lie down. Close your eyes and consciously start to relax. Breathe slowly and deeply and follow the rhythm of your breathing. With each breath, feel the peace and joy slowly enter you. With each breath, feel the stress and tension slowly release. Practice this simple breathing technique as often as possible. Folk Remedy: You can take raw potatoes and cut it in half. In a gentle motion, rub the temples with the potato halves. This old drug relieves headaches and migraines. Also, make a foot bath with warm water. Add a large spoonful of mustard to the bath.
2. Exercises for the head, neck and shoulders
If you sit at a desk in the wrong position, tension and stress build up in your neck and shoulders. This can be a trigger for headaches. In this case, you should regularly perform stretching exercises for the head, neck and shoulders.
Exercises will help you stretch your stiff and rigid muscles, relax and relax. Performing them on a daily basis will also encourage circulation. You will reduce tension and tension, and relieve the unpleasant symptoms of migraines and headaches.
3. Nutrition, sleep and hydration
Certain foods (cheese or wine) can be a trigger for headaches and migraines. Reduce alcohol and coffee consumption. Take care of sufficient hydration of the body as dehydration can also be a cause of headache.
Consume foods that abound in water (cucumbers, chicory, cabbage, zucchini, eggplant, spinach, watermelon, oranges, strawberries). It’s important not to skip meals. Fatigue is a common trigger for headaches and migraines. Make sure you afford enough hours of quality sleep and rest. Your body only sends you subtle signals that warn you it’s time to rest. Don’t listen to them.
4. Grape juice
Research has shown that fresh grape juice relieves headache. However, you can prepare this juice during the summer (when it is grape season). Mix them with water in a blender. This is a delicious and effective migraine drink!
5. Light facial massage
Use your finger to press the point of the third eye (between the eyebrows). Hold the pressure for about 1 minute. Take a deep breath in. It helps massage your temples in a circular motion.
6. Complement the magnesium deficiency
Headaches and migraines have been linked to magnesium deficiency. Increasing your magnesium intake will reduce the incidence of migraines and headaches. Eat foods rich in this important mineral (bananas, chia seeds, tofu cheese, oatmeal, broccoli, pumpkin, nuts).
Food supplements with magnesium can be used (200-600 mg daily recommendation).
7. Peppermint and lavender essential oils
Peppermint and lavender essential oils can greatly help relieve headache. Peppermint oil creates a long-lasting cooling effect on the skin, improves blood circulation to the forehead and reduces muscle contractions.
This is how it works against headaches. Lavender oil has a sedative, soothing effect and promotes good mood.
A fifteen-minute inhalation of lavender oil helps with migraine attacks, the study found. In 92 people (out of 129), migraine attacks significantly decreased during inhalation with lavender oil.
Application: Apply a few drops of one of these oils to the palm of your hand. Lubricate the forehead, temples, back of the neck. Massage gently. If your oils are too intense, mix them with base oil like almonds or coconuts and then apply to your skin.