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Headaches can be extremely painful and keep you from enjoying life to it fullest. If you are one of the millions of people suffering from headaches on a regular basis, then maybe it’s time to try some natural remedies the next time you have a headache. Here are the best non-drug remedies for the three most common types of headaches.
Tension headaches are the most common types of headache. Muscles contract, literally making it feel like something is squeezing your head. The pain can run from one ear to the other and back around. Common causes of tension headaches are lack of sleep and/or stress.
Natural Remedies For Tension Headaches:
I have used gresh ginger tea for headaches. Fresh ginger is easily available at your grocery store. I use a ginger grater and grate about an inch of ginger and put it in a pot of boiling water. Using ginger tea as a homemade remedy helps reduces inflammation and eases the tension that causes the headache. It works just as well, if not better, than aspirin and is a natural plant based remedy.
Peppermint oil is available in most health stores and has a cooling sensation and relaxes the muscles in your head and neck.
Many sufferers describe cluster headaches as having an ice pick in their head. The pain is concentrated in an area and feels like someone is stabbing them in the head. Cluster headaches usually come on in a cluster of days, hence the name cluster headaches. They occur most often in the winter.
Natural Remedies For Cluster Headaches:
Cayenne pepper is the main ingredient in Capsaicin cream. Put a dab of the cream on your finger and apply to the inside of your nostril, on the side where you are experiencing the pain. The cream will go to work instantly, 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.
Migraine headaches can be debilitating and put you in bed, unable to move for an extended period of time. Migraines cause throbbing pain on one side of your head, resulting in a sensitivity to light and sound, and in some cases, nausea.
Migraines can be genetic and run in families, with women being three times more likely as men to have them. Many experts believe migraines are caused from nerve signals being misinterpreted by the brain. Instead of interpreting them what they really are, they interpret them as pain.
Natural Remedies For Migraine Headaches:
Around for hundreds of years, acupressure massage is an ancient Chinese healing method that focuses on applying pressure to certain points on the body. When applied to these points, the pressure relieves the pain. You can do this type of massage easily on yourself.
One pressure point you can try is the groove between your first and second toe. Using your fingers, apply firm pressure on this point for at least three minutes, and up to 5 minutes if you are able. A good massage therapist can also help you with learning acupressure techniques to use on yourself.
Feverfew is an herb in the sunflower family. Tested in clinical trials with great results, Feverfew was effective for migraines. Feverfew decreases inflammation in the area where there is pain. When inflammation is reduced, it eliminates pressure on the nerves, and the migraine subsides. You can find Feverfew in capsule form here for around $9.
Changing Your Diet
There are many differnet natural remedies for various types of headaches, however one remedy can be applied to all headaches no matter the type. And that is simply changing your diet, reducing or eliminating the foods that trigger headaches.
Pay close attention to the foods you eat everyday and jot them in your food journal for at least 7 days. This way you can track down the specific foods that cause you to have an adverse reaction. Once you identify a pattern, you’ll know which foods to remove from your diet.
Some foods that have been known to trigger headaches include:
- Caffeine or the lack of it once one drinks it regularly.
- Cold Cuts
Skipping meals can also trigger headaches. Whenever you skip meals, your blood sugar levels drop, so prevent this by making sure you eat on time so hunger doesn’t lead to a headache.