Fatigue, stress, muscle tension, one in two people suffer from frequent headaches. Rather than resorting to analgesics, there are natural solutions to relieve headaches and prevent recurrence. Here are 5 natural remedies.
Rather than swallowing seals with too many side effects, enjoy the medicinal qualities of nature and adopt natural tricks to wear.
1. A steam bath with rosemary
It is not difficult to find branches of this typical little shrub of the south, at best, you grow in your garden. Tonic and digestive, rosemary also has properties that chase fatigue. Brew a handful of rosemary in a 1-liter pot of water and serve a large bowl. Cover your head with a cloth and breathe the vapors that emerge. Close your eyes and relax, the headache dissipates very quickly.
2. The massage with lavender essential oil
Renowned for its relaxing power, lavender also has anti-pain properties. To relieve headaches and promote sleep, apply a circular massage on the temples a mixture of vegetable oil (olive, almond, argan) and a few drops of essential oil of lavender officinale. You can also make a steam bath: boil 1 liter of water, then add between 2 and 4 drops of H.E lavender officinale. Pour everything into a large bowl, cover your head with a cloth and breathe the vapors for a few minutes.
3. An infusion of white willow bark
The use of white willow bark in the treatment of headaches is officially recognized. Willow bark produces salicin, an active substance similar to that of aspirin. It prevents and removes fever but also reduces headaches. Bring 250 ml of water to the boil, add 2 to 3 g of willow bark and let it simmer for about 5 minutes. You can drink up to 4 cups of this mixture a day. Be careful, however, willow bark is contraindicated in people with allergies to aspirin.
4. The massage with essential oil of peppermint
The powerful characteristic of mints is menthol and peppermint contains the most. Diluted in a vegetable oil (argan, olive or coconut), it relieves headaches but also stomach and muscle pain. Sitting calm or lying down, massage your temples with this preparation. In the bath or infusion, it is also anti-fatigue. You can also use it in a steam bath: boil a liter of water. After removing the pan from heat, add 5 to 10 drops of peppermint essential oil. Cover your head with a cloth and breathe the vapors that emerge.
5. The infusion of ginger
The main active compounds responsible for the tangy taste of fresh ginger are endowed with natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In the past, ginger was traditionally used to treat a headache. Cut three thin slices of fresh ginger, if not half a teaspoon of ginger powder. Immerse them in a bowl of hot water and cover. Let infuse for 30 minutes. Remove the ginger and drink. You can add a teaspoon of honey.
Cryotherapy is a treatment that uses cold. In case of lancinating pain located at the forehead or temples, rub the painful area with ice cubes wrapped in a cloth. Ice cubes should not be applied to the skin at the risk of burning it. Cold causes vasoconstriction (contraction of blood vessels) of dilated vessels and thus relieves a headache. You can also spend a very cool jet of water for a minute on the face and focusing on the forehead and temples.
7. In prevention, St. John’s Wort and passionflower
St. John’s wort or passionflower are very useful plants in case of headaches related to stress and muscle tension. Renowned for their soothing action, you can eat them in the form of food supplements. The capsules contain dried and ground leaves to be consumed in a 20-day course, at a rate of two capsules per day.