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Diagnosis and Home Remedies for headache

Diagnosis of headache

Your doctor can mostly determine the type of headache that you are experiencing based on your description of the condition. This description would include the type of pain, the pattern of the attacks, the frequency and the duration of pain.

Sometimes, when your headache is particularly complicated, your doctor may request you to undergo certain tests such as blood tests and brain scans such as CT scan or an MRI scan.

Home Remedies to cure headache

'Do it yourself' Scalp massage-

A very old and effective method of alleviating headache. Not only does it relieve headache but is also makes you refreshed. Brazilian researchers have shown that massaging the back of the head at the base of the skull helps to reduce migraine pain. Reflexology that is massaging certain points in the hands and the feet has been also proven to be useful to treat migraine pain

Wonders of Oils

Rosemary oil

Application:

This oil has anti-inflammatory properties which are very useful to relieve headache. You could either massage your scalp with this oil.

Other ways:

You can also make a Rosemary herbal tea by boiling one teaspoon of crushed rosemary leaves and one teaspoon of crushed sage leaves in a cup of water. Cover it while boiling. After boiling, let the tea cool to room temperature, and then drink it. You can have this herbal tea two to three times a day. If both the herbs are not available, you can make the tea with either of the two herbs alone.

Lavender Oil

Application:

Indeed an oil with a great fragrance. This oil works great for migraine headache. You can apply this oil on your head and relax.

Other ways:

You can also put some oil in hot water and inhale it. Repeat this several times a day for good results.2
Please note: Do not take this oil orally.

Peppermint Oil

Application:

Peppermint is a wonderful home remedy that has been shown to be of great use to combat migraine headaches. This fresh-smelling oil works upon the blood vessels and regulate the blood flow through these vessels. Poor blood flow is one of the main causes of headaches and migraine pain. Therefore, peppermint oil is effective especially for such migraines. Take some oil and massage it on your forehead, back of the jaws and temple.

Other ways:

You can also put some drops of peppermint oil in boiling water and inhale it. Peppermint oil is also useful to relieve sinusitis and helps to ease breathing.

Herbal Relief

Basil:

All pizza lovers know about this herb. It has a good taste and a wonderful fragrance. Basil has muscle relaxing properties and is thus especially useful for headaches caused by tension and tight muscles. For mild headaches, you could either apply basil oil on your head or chew a few basil leaves. You could also drink some basil tea. All you have to do is to put some fresh basil leaves in a cup of boiling water and let it sit for a few minutes. Take some sips and you would surely feel better.

Cloves:

These are very effective in relieving tension headaches. Cloves can be used in many ways. You could crush some cloves, make a paste and apply it on your forehead. You could also crush some and keep in a handkerchief and inhale it. This is tried and tested and it really works.

Cinnamon:

It is a wonderful cure for treating headaches arising due to common cold. You just have to take a stick of cinnamon with water to make a thick paste and apply this paste on your forehead for a few minutes. You could also add two teaspoons of cinnamon powder in hot milk and drink it.

Ginger:

It has anti-inflammatory effects and it reduces inflammation of the blood vessels in the head. In order to relieve headache, add some ginger on your regular tea and have it twice a day. You could also boil ginger in some water and inhale its vapors. Some people also chew a small piece of fresh ginger and it has been proven to be effective. Ginger candy are available in the market, chew one when you have a headache.

Mint:

Menthol present in mint has been to proven to be an effective remedy for relieving headaches. You could apply some mint juice on your forehead and temple to relieve headache.

Fever-few:

It is a well-known herbal remedy in the West. In 1980s, a study was conducted in Great Britain which showed that 70 percent of participants had less migraine pain after taking feverfew daily. After this landmark study, many researchers have been working to find out the effects of feverfew in treating headaches and the results are mostly positive.

Flaxseed:

Flaxseed is rich in omega 3 fatty acids which are helpful in reducing inflammation. Thus, these wonder seeds can effectively relieve pain caused due to inflamed blood vessels of the brain. This can be used applied on the forehead as an oil or it can be consumed as seeds. 9