If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from headaches on a regular basis, this article is for you. Before you decide to reach for the medicine cabinet, try these all-natural remedies the next time you have a headache. Here are the best non-drug remedies for the three most common types of headaches.
Of the three main types of headaches, tension headaches are the most common. With this type of a headache, the muscles contract and it feels like something is literally squeezing your head. The pain can run from one ear to the other and back around. Tension headaches are usually caused by a lack of sleep and/or stress.
Natural Remedies For Tension Headaches:
Fresh ginger can easily be found at your local grocery store. Crush up no more than an inch of ginger and put it in a pot of boiling water. This homemade remedy will help reduce inflammation and ease your headache. It works just as good, if not better than an aspirin and is a completely natural plant-based remedy.
Peppermint has a plethora of all-natural solutions for the body, home, and mind. To use peppermint oil for headaches, take the oil and apply it to your hairline. The cooling sensation created by the oil will help relax the muscles in your head and neck.
Those who suffer from cluster headaches often describe it as an ice pack in their head. This is because the pain is very concentrated and it feels like someone is stabbing them in the head. Cluster headaches usually occur in a cluster of days, hence the name cluster headaches. They are most common in the winter.
Natural Remedies For Cluster Headaches:
Cayenne pepper is the main ingredient in Capsaicin cream. Put a dab on your finger and apply it to the inside of your nostril. Be sure to place it on the side where you are experiencing the pain. Once applied the cream will go to work. It works by blocking pain signals.
Chlorophyll is used by plants for photosynthesis in the process of turning carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates and oxygen. Chlorophyll supplements promote the flow of oxygen to cells, while also protecting the cells from oxidation damage and can naturally help with cluster headaches. Placing ten drops of liquid chlorophyll concentrate on the tongue several times throughout the day and then drinking some water will help with these types of headaches and can also provide natural energy to get you through the day.
Last but not least, we will cover migraine headaches. Migraine headaches are very debilitating and can have you in bed, unable to move for extended periods of time. Migraines cause a throbbing pain to occur on one side of your head. As a result of this pain, individuals are usually sensitive to light and sound. It some cases it can even cause nausea.
Migraines can be genetic as they are found to run in certain families. The bad news, however, is women are three times more likely to have them than their male counterparts. Many experts believe migraines are a result of nerve signals being misinterpreted by the brain. Instead of interpreting them for what they really are, they interpret them as pain.
Natural Remedies For Migraine Headaches:
Acupressure massage has been around for hundreds of years. It is an ancient Chinese healing method that centers around applying pressure to certain points on the body. The pressure is applied to help relieve pain. Doing this type of massage on yourself is very easy.
First, take your finger and place it in the groove between your first and second toe. Press firmly and apply pressure for at least three minutes. If you can, hold it for a total of 5 minutes before letting go. If you would prefer not to do this yourself, you can always go see a massage therapist.
Feverfew is an herbal supplement that comes from the sunflower family. It has been tested in clinical trials with great results. During these trials, Feverfew was shown to be a very effective treatment for migraines. It works by decreasing the amount of inflammation in the area where there is pain. When inflammation is reduced, it eliminates pressure on the nerves. As a result, the migraine starts to subside.
Changing Your Diet
As you can see, there are many different natural remedies for the various types of headaches. However, one remedy can be applied to all headaches no matter what type. That remedy is to simply change your diet because certain foods can trigger a headache.
Start paying close attention to the foods you consume on a daily basis. Keeping a journal and jotting down everything you eat for at least 7 days is helpful so you can track any specific foods that cause you to have an adverse reaction. Once you identify a pattern, you will know which foods should be removed from your diet.
I know how hard it can be to change your diet. It is something I have personally struggled with my whole life. I love food. And all kinds of food, including the unhealthy kind. One way to get started is to utilize supplements or superfood products. Heart & Body Naturals offers amazing products that are all organic, and undergo a rigorous quality assurance process.
Some foods that have been known to trigger headaches include:
- Caffeine or the lack of it once one drinks it regularly.
- Cold Cuts
Headaches can also be a result of skipping meals. Anytime you skip meals your blood sugar levels drop. The best way to prevent this is to make it a point to always eat your meals on time and never let hunger lead to a headache.
There are so many things you can do in your everyday life that reduce harsh impacts to your body, reduce stress and create a state of homeostasis in the body that helps reduce inflammation that could be leading to your headaches.
Reduce Exposure to Harsh Chemicals
You would be shocked at how harmful the products you use every day are to you and your family. Check out my article, ‘Keep Your Family Healthy and Reduce the Risk of Illness‘ to learn more about how these chemicals harm your body and how they may be causing headaches and pain.
Take a daily CBD Supplement
CBD is a nutrient of sorts, that is derived from hemp. It has no side effects and helps promote homeostasis in the body. It has been proven to reduce or eliminate symptoms of pain and can reduce inflammation in the body that could be contributing to your headaches. To learn more about CBD, click here for my online web store.