37 Natural Cures and Treatments for Headaches
Do you treat your headaches naturally or reach for a pill to make it go away?
The past few weeks a nasty cold has hit the Northeast and I have been suffering from headaches. Being that I prefer not to use medication unless absolutely necessary I searched out as many headache cures as possible. The list grew and grew until I found a total of 37 Natural Headache and Migraine cures and treatments.
I recommend researching in detail the options before trying one to make sure it is the best option for your unique body. There are a lot of different types of headaches and migraines that occur for many different reasons so try to figure out what is going on with you before picking a possible treatment below. This list is to give you lots of options to research to see what works best for you. One of the most powerful things you can do for yourself is to learn about natural medicines and your body. If in doubt ask your doctor there is a lot of junk on the internet floating around, heck you should even research what I am writing too.
1. Yoga (Especially Legs up the Wall)
Yoga will get the blood flowing in your body and could help alleviate a headache. Legs up the wall is known as a relaxing inversion that brings new blood to the organs and brain. This could be just what you need to move around the blood in the body.
2. Essential Oils
Diffuse– 5 drops of peppermint, lavender, or Eucalyptus are my favorites but there are a lot more that could help.
Massage- Rub on your neck, around the scalp line, and temples. Depending on the oil it will determine if you can put the oil directly on your skin or dilute it with a carrier oil. For example, add 5 drops of peppermint oil to 1-2 tbs to a carrier oil (coconut and almond are my favorites) and rub the mixture into your skin. Always be careful about how close you are to your eyes.
Get a professional massage, ask a friend to help you out, or try massaging yourself. Best places to massage are your Neck, Shoulders, and Temples.
4. Drink More Water
You may just be dehydrated and drinking some water can help. You can’t just chug a glass of water and be all good because the body can only absorb so much at a time. Drink a sip every 30 seconds until you finish at least 12 oz of water.
As an adult, you should drink a gallon of pure filtered water every day. To hit my goal I use a 1/4 gallon water bottle that I fill up at least 4 times every day. I use a Zero Water Filter Dispenser to keep up with my water intake.
5. Dark Chocolate
You only need a little piece. Try HU Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt. I was following a few models nutrition plans and they enjoyed a piece of HU every night.
6. Coffee or Caffeinated Tea
Green Tea is always my preference because you get a little caffeine (only 25 mg in a tea bag) and lots of antioxidants. Espresso has less caffeine compared to drip coffee. Caffeine helps the blood flow in your body and that is one of the reasons people get relief from a little.
7. Swedish Bitter
This one I have not tried because I am sensitive to aloe vera but it was recommended so I wanted to give you the information to research more. Swedish Bitters are a combination of 10 herbs (including aloe vera) made into a tincture. It is EXCELLENT for headaches, digestion, and skin problems as well. Take a 1/2 shot of Swedish bitters with some sea salt for a headache.
8. Roman Cure
Romans believed to cure a migraine put your hand in an ice bucket, make a fist, squeeze and release and then repeat over and over.
9. Still Point Inducer
I personally believe everyone should own one of these it is life changing. The Still Point Inducer can be used daily for 5 to 15 minutes at a time.
10. Honey in Warm or Hot Water
11. Ice Pack on Head or Back of Neck
12. Vodka and Tonic or Water
All else fails try getting a little or a lot tipsy and forget you have a headache. Drink with water to add some hydration back in as you tune out the pain. This would not be my method but heck it works for some.
13. Daith Piercing
I am a huge believer in acupuncture to treat many ailments. The Daith Piercing is a pressure point know to treat headaches. I’ve had a few friends get this piercing and all said they got some relief from it.
Here is an article to read more on it: https://migraineagain.com/can-the-daith-piercing-stop-migraines/
These next 8 are from Women’s Day 9 Foods That Can Help Soothe a Headache. The original article I found was so wonderfully written I am sharing it directly with you. Read more about it here: https://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/advice/g2387/foods-help-headache/
14. White Potatoes
I have always loved oatmeal and have sampled most of what is on the market. The absolute best is Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashion Oatmeal. There is a huge difference in quality and taste in oatmeal and you deserve to have the best. Always make it on the stove with coconut or almond milk for delicious fluffy oatmeal. Add in some raw almonds for an extra dose of headache relief.
17. Whole Grain Toast
21. Sesame Seeds
22. Spinach Salad
The last thing on my mind during a headache or a migraine is sex but there are numerous studies showing an orgasm is a wonderful cure. Basically, you can’t feel pain when getting blissed out.
Read more about it here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/9906594/Why-sex-is-a-better-headache-cure-rather-than-painkillers.html?fbclid=IwAR1DQP9NFDzbbtZ6QzynKPpUbvUhj4m30O2-IolhSXiWQQvo_S8SbpAToEU
24. More Potassium
Eat a Banana or a white potato…enough said. 😉
Community Centers are best. You should leave the needles in until they are ready to come out which is usually 45-60 minutes. I used to spend big money for a private room and have the needles put in for maybe 15 to 20 minutes before I discovered the needles should stay in much longer. There are all different styles of putting in the needles and needle sizes. Give this a try and just know it should not hurt.
I love Chiropractors from Life University if you are in the Jersey City area check out Dr. Brian.
Here is his Yelp review: https://www.yelp.com/biz/brian-p-corrigan-dc-jersey-city?osq=Chiropractors
27. Take a Nap
28. Take a Cold Shower in a Dark Room
29. Turn off the Lights
30. Be in a quiet place
32. Nettie Pot
33. More Magnesium
I like Calm here is a link to check it out.
34. Pressure Points
A) Pressure points on the face: Between eyes, under nose above the lip, and right below the center of cheekbone work well to relieve some pressure.
B) Pressure points on hands (LI-4, on par of hand between thumb and pointer finger) and on the ears (massage around outside of ears, on or near the uppermost, inner fold).
35. Rosemary Tea
I always add a tsp of local honey to my hot tea. If rosemary isn’t your thing try a different kind.
36. Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice
No idea why but I have a friend that swears by this one. The passion in his story made me add this to the blog without the normal level of research I conduct. Let’s face it if it helps just one more person it was worth putting in here.
37. Eat Some Food
You may just be hungry eat something that will disgust fast.
Make sure to give some of these a try and comment on which ones worked for you. If you have any additional natural cures for a headache or a migraine please share with us so we can grow this list together.