A large majority of headaches are a result of the muscles and joints in the head and neck that become too tight, this causes pressure on the nerves at the top of your spine which leads to the uncomfortable and irritable headaches we get. Headaches are one of the most common medical complaints – nearly everyone has experienced a headache at some point or another. Here are 10 natural ways to help relieve headache pain:
1. Eat Bananas! (or anything that contains a good source of magnesium)
Magnesium is an essential mineral that our bodies need to function properly. It can improve bone health, stabilize blood pressure, and help maintain a healthy heart rhythm and nerve function. Symptoms of being low in magnesium include fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, muscle cramping, tingling, and muscle contractions. Many of us don’t get the proper amount of magnesium a day, therefor resulting in low magnesium levels that are linked to headaches and migraines.
2. Lavender Oils and Lotions
Lavender has been used throughout the centuries as an antiseptic, bathing and calming agent. It is known for its anti-inflammatory characteristics and its ability to dilate blood vessels, which suggests why it helps reduce headache pain.
3. Avoid Gluten
The Gluten Free Society states that “A large percentage of migraines are actually induced by nutritional deficiencies, dietary allergens, and environmental chemical exposure.”Gluten could very well be the reason for your headaches!
Vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid may reduce the frequency, severity and disability of migraines, according to new research. Daily vitamin supplements were found to produce a two-fold reduction in migraine disability.
5. Drink Lots of Water
We believe that in most cases, headaches are caused by chronic unintentional dehydration. Correcting the dehydration and electrolyte imbalance, it is possible for most who sufferer from headaches, to finally end the pain.
Tension headaches are caused by muscular strains in the head and neck and/or emotional stress. Tension headaches are usually dull, steady, aching pains on both sides of the head. The good news is that gentle stretching exercises can help alleviate the aches associated with tight muscles around the neck and upper back.
7. Quiet the Mind and Meditate
Meditation is an ancient spiritual practice that people are still using today to get headache relief. This mind-body practice seems to work by relieving stress associated with headache pain.
8. Drink Ginger Tea
Ginger tea is meant to be effective during migraine attacks. It works as an anti-inflammatory agent. Ginger blocks prostagladins- the chemical messengers that cause a slight swelling in the brain. Drink ginger tea at the onset of your headache. This is when it’s most effective in blocking pain.
9. Hot or Cold Compress
Many people use a warm or cold compress, either alone or with other treatments. Unfortunately, this time-honored practice has not been well studied. In the absence of conclusive research, most healthcare providers suggest selecting between a warm or cold compress based on what works best for you.
10. Pencil Between the Teeth
According to a Woman’s Day article found online, when we are stressed, we naturally clench our teeth, which can cause strain to the muscle connecting the jaw to the temples. By putting a pencil between the teeth, it effectively un-clenches the jaw and can help alleviate the stress.