Dehydration can be one of the causes of a headache. Also, the dehydrating effect of alcohol, coffee can leave us with a severe migraine headache.
A study at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery shows that there is indeed a water-deprivation headache.
In this case, all you have to do is to quench your thirst and stay hydrated. You can also embrace fruits with high water content like watermelon.
Massaging the head can help ease migraine headaches as it blocks pain signals sent to the brain.
It also boosts serotonin activity as well as stimulates certain serotonin receptors, thereby reducing the symptoms and frequency of migraines.
A 2006 research study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine also found that massage therapy helps in the treatment of migraines.
- Gently massage your head in a circular motion with your first two fingers.
- However, you should know that there are certain pressure points at locations like the base of the skull. Middle of the forehead and corners of the eyes that when pressed may help relieve pain.
- Another option, heat two teaspoons of sesame oil. Make a mixture of one-half teaspoon each of cinnamon and cardamom powder. Apply it on your forehead and gently massage.
5. Ice Pack
An ice pack is one of the most popular home remedies to get rid of tension as well as a migraine. Its numbing effect helps alleviate pain.
- Wrap a few ice cubes in a clean towel and place it on your forehead and/or the back of your neck.
- Alternatively, try alternating hot and cold compresses for about 15 minutes as needed. For more effective result consider adding lavender and/or peppermint oils to the water for the compress.
6. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper is a potent home remedy for migraines because it stimulates the body’s circulation and reduces acidity. It also contains capsaicin a compound that works as a natural painkiller.
- Make a mixture of one-half teaspoon of cayenne pepper with a cup of water. Drink this mixture as needed for relief.