Soothe Pain with a Cold Compress
Using a cold compress may help reduce your headache symptoms. Applying cold or frozen compresses to the neck or head area decreases inflammation, slows nerve conduction and constricts blood vessels, all of which help reduce headache pain. In one study in 28 women, applying a cold gel pack to the head significantly reduced migraine pain. To make a cold compress, fill a waterproof bag with ice and wrap it in a soft towel. Apply the compress to the back of the neck, head or temples for headache relief.
Try an Herbal Remedy
Certain herbs including feverfew and butterbur may reduce headache symptoms. Feverfew is a flowering plant that has anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies suggest that taking feverfew supplements in doses of 50–150 mg per day may reduce headache frequency. However, other studies have failed to find a benefit. Butterbur root comes from a perennial shrub native to Germany and, like feverfew, has anti-inflammatory effects.
Menthol and menthone in mint are very effective in alleviating headaches. Extract mint juice from mint leaves and apply it on forehead and temples to soothe headache. Coriander juice mixed along with mint juice is also effective in treating headaches.
Peppermint contains menthol that helps open up clogged blood vessels that cause headaches. It also has calming and soothing effects. Mix three drops of peppermint oil in one tablespoon of almond oil, olive oil or just water. Massage your forehead and temples with it. Alternatively, you can apply crushed fresh peppermint leaves on your forehead. You can also opt for a steam treatment by adding a few drops of peppermint oil to boiling water.
Cloves are useful for easing tension headaches given their cooling and pain-relieving properties. Crush some cloves and put them in a sachet or a clean handkerchief. Inhale the smell of the crushed cloves whenever you have a headache until you get some relief from the pain. Alternatively you can put two drops of clove oil in a tablespoon of carrier oil and massage your forehead and temples with it.
Ginger is useful in reducing inflammation of the blood vessels in the head, providing relief from a headache. Mix ginger juice with lemon juice and drink the mixture once or twice. Another way to consumer ginger is to apply a paste of one teaspoon of dry ginger powder (sonth) and two tablespoons of water on the forehead for a few minutes. You can also boil ginger powder or raw ginger in water and inhale the vapour.