Well Being: How to cure headaches caused by summer heat

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Migraine patients are the most affected by summer heat, which for some can be a trigger.

These are helpful tips when done regularly to avoid headache caused by heatwave.

1. Hydrate

A shot of coffee can also help. But you need to drink more water to make up for its diuretic effects.

Simply drink a glass of water at the first sign of a headache and continue taking small sips throughout the day. You may also mix some salt in your water to balance the levels of electrolytes.

2. Use Hot And Cold Packs

If you have a tension type or sinus headache, hold a heating pad to the back of your head. A warm bath may also help.

3. Use Essential Oils

  • Peppermint oil: Apply a peppermint oil- or menthol-based gel to your temples for migraine. If you have peppermint oil at home, mix it with a bit of alcohol and rub on the part of the head that is throbbing.
  • Lavender oil: You may also inhale the aroma of lavender oil for 15 minutes. Or mix it with a vegetable oil and rub it on the head and the temples.3

    If you are prone to summer headaches, carry a small vial of lavender oil or basil oil in your bag.

  • Basil oil: Take a drop of basil oil on a finger and transfer it to the other hand. Now rub it near your temples or at the base of your skull.4
  • Eucalyptus oil: Add 3–7 drops of eucalyptus oil into boiling water. Cover your head with a towel. Lower your face near the bowl of water and inhale the steam. Eucalyptus contains a compound called cineol or eucalyptol which has been seen to relieve sinus without the intervention of antibiotics.5

4. Eat Ginger

Ginger powder can help. Take 500 mg of ginger at the onset of a migraine and repeat every 4 hours. Don’t exceed 2 g ginger. Continue this routine for 3–4 days.6

Ginger being anti-inflammatory, ginger tea can help you with a sinus or tension headache too.

5. Relax And Meditate

One of the best ways to cure a headache naturally is to engage in relaxation therapy. You can do this in various ways such as deep breathing and meditation.

  • Take deep, long, and slow breaths expanding your abdomen rather than your chest.

    You can practice deep breathing anywhere, even at work. Excuse yourself for 10 minutes, find a quiet place, and take deep, long, and slow breaths.

  • Focus on your breathing. Or close your eyes and imagine a flame. If your mind drifts, don’t get agitated. Bring it back gently to the breathing.7
  • Think of beautiful places or events that fill you with happiness or calmness.8

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