7 Natural Remedies for Headaches

Instead of swallowing pills with too many side effects, take advantage of the medicinal qualities of nature and adopt natural tricks at hand.

1. A rosemary steam bath

Tonic and digestive, rosemary also has properties that drive away fatigue. Brew a handful of rosemary in a pot of one liter of water and use a large bowl. Cover your head with a cloth and breathe in the vapors. Close your eyes and relax, the headache will dissipate very quickly.

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2. Massage with lavender essential oil

Known for its relaxing power, True lavender also has pain-relieving properties. 

To relieve headaches and help you fall asleep, apply a mixture of vegetable oil (olive, almond, argan) and a few drops of True lavender essential oil in a circular massage on the temples. You can also make a steam bath: bring to boil 1 liter of water, then add between 2 and 4 drops of True lavender essential oil. Pour the mixture into a large bowl, cover your head with a cloth and breathe in the steam for a few minutes.

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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 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 simmer for about 5 minutes. You can drink up to 4 cups of this mixture per day. Be careful, however, as willow bark is contraindicated for people who are allergic to aspirin.

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4. Massage with peppermint essential oil

The powerful compound 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 or lying down, massage your temples with this preparation. In the bath or in infusion, it is also anti-fatigue. You can also use it in steam bath: boil one liter of water. After removing the pan from the heat, add 5 to 10 drops of peppermint essential oil. Cover your head with a cloth and breathe in the steam.

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5. Ginger infusion

The main active compounds responsible for the pungent taste of fresh ginger have naturally anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In the past, ginger was traditionally used to treat headaches.

Cut three thin slices of fresh ginger or half a teaspoon of ginger powder. Plunge them into a bowl of hot water and cover. Leave to infuse for 30 minutes. Remove the ginger and drink. You can add a teaspoon of honey.

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6. Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is a treatment that uses cold.

In case of stabbing pain in the forehead or temples, rub the painful area with ice cubes wrapped in a cloth. The ice cubes should not be applied directly to the skin, as they may burn it. The cold causes vasoconstriction (a contraction of the blood vessels) of the dilated vessels and thus relieves the headache.

You can also use a jet of very cool water for one minute on your face, insisting on the forehead and temples. 

7. For prevention, St. John’s wort and passion flower

St. John’s wort or passion flower are very useful plants in case of headaches linked to stress and muscular tension. Renowned for their soothing action, you can consume them in the form of food supplements. The capsules contain dried and crushed leaves to consume in cure.

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