If you are one of those unfortunate people who are plagued by chronic headaches or migraines you know how painful and frustrating it can be. It seems that headaches and migraines are more common than desired, yet more often than not there isn’t anything you can do about it (or so it seems). The good news for you is that there are a few things you can try (that hopefully you haven’t already tried).
We have compiled a list of a few natural and household remedies for headaches/migraines. It should be noted that if you haven’t seen a physician about your ongoing headaches you should do that before trying alternative methods. It is important to make certain that your headaches are not a result of a bigger underlying issue that needs to be treated.
1. Acupuncture for Headaches/Migraines: Acupuncture is a very effective way of treating migraines and headaches. Like any other conditions treated by acupuncture the patient receives a thorough exam before the acupuncturists treats them. They define what is causing the pain, where it is, what it feels like and then they treat the exact systems accordingly. Headaches and migraines can be caused by different things. Some of which include neurological, muscular, sinus or menstrual related, etc. Acupuncture will target the cause and go at the problem directly instead of just numbing the pain like many “headache pain management plans” do.
2. Sleeping well to Prevent Headaches: It is imperative that you get the proper amount of sleep for many different reasons. If you get headaches, this might be another great reason to keep your sleep regular and controlled. It isn’t just a matter of getting enough sleep, its also a matter of having deep sleep, not too much sleep , and regular sleep. So, if you are sleeping 8 hours a day but you tend to get that hours over a course of 11 hours because your sleep is constantly interrupted, this might be a cause of your headaches. OR, maybe you travel a lot and your hours are constantly changing, this too can be a cause of headaches.
3. Acerola Cherry for Headaches: Acerola is a fruit that is packed with vitamins and minerals like most berries. What this fruit has that others don’t is anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are believed to have pain relief effects similar to over the counter anti-inflammatory like aspirin and ibuprofen. While this will stop the headache in terms of pain it does not treat the issue. This should be considered when eating them, because the problem should still be addressed.
4. Butterbur for Headaches: Butterbur is not effective for treating an existing migraine but IS effective in stopping them before they start. This is mostly applicable to migraines. Take 75 milligrams two times a day for preventative maintenance. It is an herb that has anti-inflammatory ingredients similar to what is in acerola cherry.
5. Vitamins B2 for Headaches: As you will read in tip #7 some migraines are caused by over active nerve cells. The cause is that when the nerve cells are firing more than they have energy to fire with a migraine can occur. So, vitamin B2 helps to ensure that there is enough energy for those cells to accommodate all the work they are doing.
6. Vitamin D for Headache Pain: Vitamin D is not proven to actually help with headaches or migraines directly, but it does change the way people view and cope with pain. If you spend most of your time indoors and don’t get much sunlight it is important for you to make certain you are getting enough vitamin D.
7. Magnesium for Headaches: Magnesium has been thought to help calm nerves. Oftentimes the cause of a migraine is over excited nerves. So if you make sure to have enough magnesium in your daily vitamin intake (you will likely need more than the average person) you can prevent migraines (if the cause if over active nerves).
8. Massage: Similar to tip #13 below is to give your head a massage. You can do it yourself or have a friend do it (or go to a massage therapist). The key is to apply pressure and hold for short spurts of time. If your headache is a result of a muscular issue than a neck, back, or shoulder massage might help to relieve some of the pressure that is causing your headache.
9. Apply Ice Pack for Headaches: Believe it or not sometimes getting rid of a headache can be as easy as applying an ice pack to the area of your head where the pain is most concentrated. This usually will be the temples, forehead or back of the next area.
10. Peppermint Oil for Headaches: If you haven’t tried it you might want to. Rubbing peppermint oil on the part of your head that hearts has worked for some people.
11. Drink Water to Avoid Headaches: Not much else needs to be said about this. If you aren’t getting enough water and you are getting dehydrated there is a good chance you will get headaches from it.
12. Drink Caffeine to Avoid Headaches: Drinking caffeine can help with headaches but it can also be the cause of headaches. If you are trying to quit caffeine and you are getting headaches you might want to take just a little caffeine at a time to ease the headaches and slowly pull caffeine away. It could be the case that caffeine actually gives you headaches, in which case you should not drink it. Finally, some people find that little caffeine helps a non-caffeine related headache to go away. Unfortunately, to figure out which category you fit into you will just need to experiment.
13. Apply Pressure for Headaches: This trick is simple and quick and you don’t need anything to do it. Just apply gentle stead y pressure to the area where the most pain is coming from in your head. Then rotate in that area for about 15 seconds and release pressure. Do this as needed.
14. Fish Oil for Headaches: Some believe that fish oil helps with headaches by reducing inflammation and restricting blood vessels in your temples.