We’ve all been there. At the worst possible moment when we just don’t have time for it, we get a raging headache. Whether it is a wine hangover or just your run of the mill headache, we can’t let it slow us down.
Juggling all of your errands and taking care of yourself at the same time is hard enough to do. When you have a headache, everything becomes that much harder.
Luckily, there are some tips and tricks to getting rid of a headache fairly quickly. Some, of course, won’t disappear as quickly as you want, but if you feel one coming on, you can generally get rid of it by following the tips laid out in this article.
1 – Essential oils
Yes, aromatherapy and essential oils are being credited as miracle cures for just about everything you can imagine. While they can’t do everything that some people claim, they are very effective for reducing stress, anxiety, insomnia and even headaches.
The scents bind to receptors in the brain that send out signals for whichever ailment you are experiencing depending on the scent. For instance, lavender oil is ideal for calming your racing brain and reducing anxiety.
In the case of a headache, you can try peppermint oil as it is the most effective at getting rid of a headache very quickly. If you are experiencing a pressure headache behind the temples, you can apply some directly to the area. It acts like a menthol similar to a vaporub.
If you are on the go, then using it in diffuser bracelets is a good way to go as you can inhale a deep breath of it and go on your way.
2 – Cold compress
For pressure headaches, in addition to the peppermint oil on your temples, you should also try a cold compress. This is a good way to reduce pressure very quickly.
You can take a small towel and soak it in ice water and then wring it out and put it right on your forehead. After a few minutes of it on your forehead, you should recharge it by putting it into the freezer for a few minutes and then putting it on the back of your neck.
This spot is sort of a focal point that can cool your whole body down when you cool it in addition to constricting the blood vessels there that are probably contributing to your headache.
3 – Massage pressure points
As was just mentioned, the back of the neck is a pressure point. In addition there are other spots like above the bridge of the nose and the jaw. By rubbing or massaging those areas, it can quickly change the blood flow to your brain so your headache goes away quickly.
These pressure points can reduce tension very quickly that are contributing to your headache. Tension is usually caused by stress and rubbing your pressure points can release the stress that has built up.