Pretty much everyone has the occasional headache, and they are more frequent in summer, or when people are doing physical exercise. Such headaches can prevent you from working, from sleeping, from relaxing, etc. But before reaching for classic medications with the chemicals they contain, try one of these five natural remedies.
1) Rosemary leaves
Rosemary can help naturally relieve headaches.
Boil a pot of water and add around ten dried rosemary leaves. Take it off the heat and leave the leaves to infuse for 10 minutes. Breathe in the hot air that is released above the pot, by covering your head with a towel over the pot. The headache should rapidly disappear.
2) Lavender essential oil
Lavender essential oil has relaxing and soothing properties which are very effective for getting rid of headaches, which can often be due to stress.
Take a drop of lavender essential oil in the palm of your hand with a pea sized amount of the vegetable oil of your choice (coconut oil, argan oil, shea butter, almond oil, etc.). Mix the oils with your finger and apply the mix to your temples, massaging gently and in circular movements.
Deeply inhale the scent of the lavender, and your headache shouldn’t last too long.
3) Chamomile extract
The World Health Organisation has recognised the power of chamomile for naturally and effectively eliminating migraines.
Mix a teaspoon of chamomile liquid extract in a glass of water and drink it. You can also take a chamomile infusion made from dried chamomile flowers. The plant will have a rapid effect on your headache.
Caution: taking chamomile orally is contra-indicated for:
- people taking anticoagulants
- people who are allergic to daisies
- pregnant or breastfeeding women
4) Coffee or green tea
Consumed in moderation, coffee is very effective for migraines. However, be careful not to overdo it, because it could have the reverse effect.
If you notice the first signs of a headache appearing, drink a cup of fairly strong coffee, tea or mate, and watch your symptoms disappear.
5) Tiger balm
White coloured tiger balm, made from a base of menthol and eucalyptus, rapidly soothes headaches and migraines. The refreshing effects of these medicinal plants will immediately soothe the pain. The WHO and the European agency for medication have also recognised the efficacy of mint essential oil (locally administered) for headaches.
Caution, do not apply tiger balm:
- to the eyes, the mucous membranes or to irritated skin
- to babies and children under 7 years old
- if you are pregnant or breastfeeding