Headaches can turn a perfectly good day upside down. When your head is pounding it is difficult to focus on anything else and that can be impossible when you’ve got work to do and familiar obligations. 

Of course the first course of action is usually to get some over-the-counter medications, however more and more people are becoming wary of popping pills. So then what is your alternative besides laying in bed with the blinds drawn? 

There are natural headache remedies that you can make with a few simple ingredients. Yes, nature does have a cure for this phenomenon that gets us at least once a yea. Up next we’re going to tell you how to make homemade headache recipes.  

Therefore, you MUST always plan to see a doctor when you have a persistent headache, but in the meantime, there are a few things you can do at home, such as preparing a simple recipe, to deal with a headache. Please note that these should not be substituted for medical advice. If you have a persistent headache, ensure that you visit your healthcare practitioner for a diagnosis and treatment.

Tips to End Headaches - Learn How with Homemade Recipes
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Before we move ahead with the recipes, please note that if you have recurring headaches, this could be a result of an underlying issue. You should always consult your doctor if you are experiencing repeated headaches.

The following recipes provide relief for folks that get the odd headache but will not help migraine sufferers or people with serious conditions.

Ginger

This is known as the all-rounder treatment, and has been touted as an elixir for headaches. Ginger is a home remedy that provides almost instant relief. 

It also helps you reduce inflammation to the blood vessels in your head, which leads to easing the pain.

This ingredient also stimulates digestion, and therefore quells any nausea that usually occurs during migraines, making it easy for you to recover.

How to Prepare It

To prepare this ingredient, you can boil fresh ginger until your water turns yellow. You can then steep a herbal tea of your choice in the ginger water and drink.

Alternatively, you can mix equal parts of lemon juice and ginger juice, and then drink up. 

You can do this twice a day, and even apply some ginger paste to your forehead every few minutes in order to receive the required relief faster.

Side Effects

The potential side effects of ginger include abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, and heartburn.

Peppermint Oil

This one has an extremely refreshing scent, and peppermint is used to open clogged blood vessels that usually cause headaches. It has menthol that helps in regulating the blood flow in your body.

You should go to a dark room and quietly breathe in the aroma from the oil. 

How to Use It

It is simple to you peppermint oil. Mix a liter of water with one tablespoon of almond oil and 3 drops of peppermint oil and then massage your temples or the back of your neck with this mixture. 

You can also crush the peppermint leaves, mix with a little oil of your choice, and rub it on your forehead.

Side Effects

The main side effects include heartburn and allergic reactions.

Cinnamon

There are so many outlets that advertise the goodness of cinnamon and it almost seems to be a miracle spice. It has been known to be extremely effective as a headache remedy.

How to Use It

Grind some sticks of cinnamon into powder and then add some water into the mix to make it into a thick paste. Then apply this to your temples and forehead and then lie down for around 30 minutes. Wash it off with some lukewarm water.

Side Effects

The potential cinnamon side effects include liver damage, mouth sores, and low blood sugar. 

Thyme

Thyme will help to relieve your headache. This is because, the mildly sedative properties in the plant are used to help treat severe pain and headaches, and can also help with stress, menstrual cramps, and tension.

How to Use It

Simply dab a drop or two of thyme with rosemary essential oil on each of your temples, and then sit in a dark room for a few minutes to allow it to work.

Side Effects

When used for long periods of time thyme can cause an upset digestive system, dizziness and headaches. 

Basil

This is an extremely strong-scented herb that is quite popular, especially as a natural headache recipe. 

It has got some analgesic benefits, and the oil also works as a muscle relaxant that can help get rid of headaches that are caused by tight muscles and tension.

How to Use It

You should put 3 – 4 basil leaves in boiling water and then leave it to simmer slowly. Then add some honey and sip this tea slowly. You could also chew the fresh basil leaves or inhale its steam in the boiling water. 

Side Effects

Potential basil side effects include low blood sugar.

Tips to End Headaches - Learn How with Homemade Recipes
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Conclusion

The next time you feel a headache creeping up on you, you can try out one of the above home remedies to relieve the symptoms. Natural ingredients are always better for the body and also easier on your overall system. 

The best part about these remedies is that there are minimal if any side effects which makes them gentle enough for young people too.