When a headache hits, your whole day can grind to a halt--that is, if you don’t have errands to run, work to finish, and kids to chase after. If you have chronic headaches, we’re sure you keep a bottle of medicine on-hand at all times, but those 30 minutes you wait while they go to work can be downright excruciating. Well, we have good news if you’re at home. In just five short minutes, your headache can be gone or extremely diminished--yes, it’s possible--and you don’t need anything special. Not even the medicine.
If you're not at home, try these other natural remedies for headaches to ease the pain.
If there’s simply no time to let the tablets kick in, use this easy trick for banishing the bulging pressure in your head STAT. The secret is to pull all that blood that’s causing the pounding away from your head, where it’s causing you pain. All you need to do is play with your body temperature--and it’s stupid simple to do.
Run the water in your tub to a temperature that’s warm to hot, but not uncomfortable on your skin. While it’s warming up, grab an ice pack and a washcloth. Sit on the edge of the tub with your feet in the water and let it fill until the water line covers your feet and the tops of your ankles. Depending on how sensitive you are to the cold, you can either apply the ice pack to the back of your neck as is, or wrapped in the small washcloth to temper the iciness. (Everyone is different, but I have better success when I apply the ice pack to my neck without the washcloth. You can try it both ways and see what works best for your body and your headaches.)
Holding the ice pack against your neck, lean forward and rest your head in your hands with your elbows on your knees. If you feel comfortable navigating your bathroom with the lights off and experience photosensitivity (a symptom that causes your head to hurt more when you’re around bright light) with your headaches, you can sit in the dark for a couple minutes while doing this. Just be sure to navigate your tub edge and the inside with caution if you have the lights off.
After just five minutes, the different temperatures at the opposite ends of your body should pull all that pooling blood away from your head and toward your feet, alleviating the pressure that’s causing your pain.
If you can't risk your symptoms sticking around, this treatment can be used along with medicine to banish the pain before the pills go to work. We suggest trying it as a booster for your medicine the first time you try this strategy, especially if you suffer from cluster headaches or migraines.
When you’re done, just let the tub drain away the water and your pain!
NOTE: If you're on a prescription medicine for your headaches or migraines, be sure to talk to your doctor before stopping your use.
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