From playing school sports to working a dangerous job, the threat of a head injury lingers. In the United States of America, nearly 4 million sports and recreation related concussions occur every year. Many people suffer mild to moderate concussions that heal with time and rest. To speed up the healing process and treat symptoms, consider the convenience of home remedies for concussion.
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What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a blow to the head or body that doesn’t necessarily cause a loss of consciousness. They are considered the most common and least serious type of traumatic brain injury you can experience. A concussion can jar or shake the brain even though it is inside the skull. Some people may not develop any visible signs of brain trauma, but other physical symptoms will arise.
Causes and Symptoms
The brain is a soft organ surrounded by spinal fluid and protected by the thickness of your skull. In normal situations, the fluid has a cushioning effect on the brain, which keeps it from banging into the skull. However, when you experience a hard hit to the head or body, the brain can collide with the skull and suffer injury.
Common causes of a concussion include car accidents, falling off a bike, playground injury, getting into a fight, falling in the bathroom, and participating in sporting activities – especially boxing, football, hocky, skiing, and skateboarding.
Sometimes, a person with a concussion is not always easy to identify. Not every one passes out (or loses consciousness). The symptoms of a concussion range from mild to life threatening. Some last for hours or days, while others linger for weeks and at times, for months. Concussions will affect your ability to think and remember, your physical self, emotions and mood, and sleep patterns. Common symptoms include :
• Blurry or fuzzy vision
• Nausea and vomiting
• Sensitivity to light or noise
• Issues with balance
• Unable to think clearly
• Feeling slowed down, tired, or having no energy
• Trouble concentrating or remembering new information
• You are easily upset, moody, sad, nervous and/or anxious
• Trouble falling asleep
• Sleeping more or less than usual
Concussion Home Remedies
Serious concussions require the attention of a medical professional, but for minor bumps to the head, there are many different ways to treat the aftereffects. Home remedies for concussion can offer help for the discomfort, nausea, headaches, dizziness, and other symptoms that often accompany this type of head injury. A few suggestions include:
a) Apply Pressure:
After suffering a fall or injury that leads to a concussion, it is important to apply pressure to stop any bleeding to the head.
b) Cold Compress:
Apply a cold compress to the head after suffering a concussion to lessen inflammation.
c) Bag of Frozen Vegetables:
For a quick and easy cold compress, apply a bag of frozen vegetables to the head.
d) Peach Juice:
When nausea accompanies a concussion, try drinking peach juice or apricot nectar. This remedy can also alleviate a headache.
e) Honey and Lemon:
Combine one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Take the remedy slowly by dipping your finger into the concoction and licking it off of your finger.
Add ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon to one cup boiling water, and allow to steep. Strain the contents and sip the liquid to relieve concussion-related nausea.
Combat the nauseous feeling that sometimes comes with a concussion by crushing one tablespoon of fennel seeds, and steeping for 10 minutes in one cup of boiling water. You can add honey to sweeten the remedy, which is then sipped.
Drink a cup of mint tea to relieve nausea associated with a concussion. Steep about one tablespoon of dry mint leaves in one pint of hot water for 30 minutes. Strain the contents and drink. Some people will eat the mint leaves after drinking the tea to get the best results.
i) Egg Whites and Ice:
When a concussion leaves behind a bump on the head, your first line of treatment should be ice. Apply an ice pack or frozen bag of peas to the bump. In the meantime, mix two egg whites in a bowl. Carefully apply the egg whites over the bump. Leave the remedy on the bump for 15 minutes. Remove the egg white, which should have shrunken the bump by affecting blood circulation.
j) Mustard and Salt:
To treat the dizziness that often comes with a concussion, mix equal amounts of salt, pepper, vinegar and mustard. Consume this remedy with a glass full of water to promote an increase in healthy blood circulation.
k) Apple Cider Vinegar:
When a concussion has made you dizzy, drink a blend of honey and apple cider vinegar.
When a person has suffered a concussion, it is suggested to keep his or her body warm, and don’t allow their limbs to tense up.
It is important that an individual with a concussion remains calm and quiet while they wait for medical attention. Try reading a book to a young victim. Play their favorite music. Speak to them as a distraction.