Frugal Headache Remedy

by Pat Veretto

from Pat Veretto's Frugal Living Blog

Ever have a headache? Even the best of us do at times, from stress or overexertion or who knows why?

If you don't like to take pills or medicines, (or don't like to pay for them) apple cider vinegar may be all you need to relieve it. Remember Jack and Jill, who went up the hill for water? And Jack fell down, broke his crown and mended it with vinegar and brown paper. Brown paper (brown paper bag style) soaked in apple cider vinegar and put across the forehead can often stop a headache within a few minutes.

We've been taught that things like these are old wive's tales, but the fact is that brown paper soaked in vinegar CAN stop a headache.

Not only a "fall down" kind of headache, but a hangover kind of headache, as well as a headache brought on by allergies or viral infections can often be stopped by breathing the fumes of vinegar. Put equal parts of vinegar into hot or simmering water and carefully breathe the fumes. Don't put your head so close that the fumes make your nose, throat or chest hurt, but be sure to breathe it in.

The reason is not quite clear, but when people have headaches, their urine is more alkaline than normal, so it's assumed that the ph balance is out of whack, and vinegar supplies the acid to rebalance the system. Just why fumes work better than imbibing, no one seems to know.

With viral infections or allergies that cause mucous to thicken, the acidic fumes of vinegar work the same way that menthol does, with a mild irritation causing release of liquid and thinning mucous so that you can breathe. That's why sinus headaches respond well to vinegar.

If you suffer from migraine headaches, preventing them is the key. Again, no one seems to know just why it works, but from testimonies around the world, drinking a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar along with a tablespooon of honey in a glass of water twice a day, will stop migraines from developing.

Note: Apple cider vinegar is the only vinegar with these properties and unpasteurized vinegar is best. Unpasteurized is more expensive, but for a medicine, it's still cheap. You don't have to use it for everything as cheap, pasteurized vinegar works for other household uses.

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