The two most common causes of headache are muscular tension and a constriction of blood vessels supplying blood to the brain. Certain problems can lead to these types of headache, such as: stress, poor posture, not sleeping properly, too much caffeine intake, eye strain, low blood sugar, allergies, sinusitis, and tiredness.
- Herbal remedies
There are some herbal teas that can help to soothe away a tension headache such as peppermint, chamomile, and rose hip. In Chinese tradition, ginger is also used to relieve headaches. You can eat a small piece of fresh ginger or make a ginger tea.
There is nothing better than to soothe away your pain with pleasant smells. When essential oils are massaged into the body, or added to the bath, they are infused into the blood stream. For tension headaches, lavender can be used to relax away your pain. When infused into the blood stream, Lavender acts as a natural pain reliever.
You may also want to try the relaxing scents of chamomile. As an effective anti-inflammatory, Roman Chamomile acts as a muscle relaxant.
- Ayurveda therapy
This traditional system of medicine in India offers a couple common remedies for headaches. The first is to soak a cloth in warm mustard oil and apply directly to your forehead to relieve the pain. The second remedy is to put coriander seeds in boiling water and inhale the steam created by this mixture. This is often used to relieve sinus related headaches.
- Take a rest
Rest, sit, or lie quietly in a low-lit room. Close your eyes and try to release the tension in your back, neck, and shoulders.
- Treat yourself to a massage.
You can ask someone to rub your neck and back. Or you can do the following therapy: apply steady rotating pressure to the painful area of your head with your index finger and/or thumb. Apply it gently. Maintain pressure for seven to 15 seconds, then release. Repeat as needed.
- Apply an ice pack to the painful area of your head.
Try placing it on your forehead, temples, or the back of your neck.