A bad headache can ruin your day.
We’ve all had those types of headaches, the ones that just won’t go away, make your head throb, and basically make it impossible to do anything.
So you grab some Advil or Tylenol to get rid of them, but sometimes those don’t always work, or sometimes, maybe you just don’t want to load up on pills. That’s where natural remedies can help.
Below are some tips on how to relieve your headaches naturally.
Magnesium is one of the most successful ways to relieve a headache naturally. Recent studies have shown that magnesium may help those who suffer from severe headaches and migraines regularly as people who suffer from migraines often have low levels of naturally-occurring magnesium.
Magnesium works by blocking the brain wave called cortical that is responsible for visual and sensory changes when you get a bad headache – the sensitivity to light and nausea. It also works to block the pain-transmitting chemicals in your brain.
Magnesium is safe enough to take daily if needed – between 200-600 grams. If you’re looking to up your intake of magnesium naturally, try adding more fibre to your diet. Vegetables like broccoli and leafy greens have high levels of magnesium.
4) Lavender and Peppermint Oil
Both lavender and peppermint oil are natural numbing agents and are effective at relieving headaches naturally.
Lavender oil is a natural soothing and calming oil that has been approved for use in treating headaches and migraines. A study conducted in 2012 found that inhaling lavender oil for 15 minutes immediately relieved headache and migraine pain in 92 out of 129 reported attacks.
Peppermint oil is a natural cooling agent that reduces muscle inflammation and stimulates blood flow.
To relieve your headache naturally, mix a few drops of peppermint and lavender oil and rub along your temples, forehead, and the back of your neck. If the peppermint is too cooling, you can mix them with coconut oil or almond oil.
Proper hydration is one of the most important steps to relieve headaches naturally. You should be drinking at least eight glasses of water a day. That means eight full ounces of water! So 32 ounces of water or two litres. And when we say “at least” we mean at least!
A great way to stay hydrated is to focus on a diet heavy in fruits and vegetables over starches and carbs. If you find yourself suffering from constant headaches more than normal, a quick audit of your current diet might be in order.
For more hydration tips, check out our outdoor activity hydration guide for summer!
2) B-Complex Vitamins
B-vitamins, one of the most-ignored health boosters and a great way to relieve headaches naturally.
Most North Americans fall short of at least one of the B-complex vitamins, resulting in energy slumps, dizziness, trouble focusing, and poor adrenal glands… and yes, headaches.
B-complex vitamins are crucial in the formation of neurotransmitters like serotonin – which is often deficient in migraine sufferers. B-complex vitamins are water-soluble so an overdose is very rare. If you suffer from frequent headaches or migraines, try taking one B-complex vitamin a day.
1) Chiropractic Care
By far, the best option to relieve headaches naturally is chiropractic care. Chiro care is a drug-free and surgery-free alternative to healing your body naturally and can help alleviate the damages of oxidative stress, a major contributor to frequent and extreme headaches and migraines.
Oxidative stress occurs when free radicals – caused by oxygen molecules in the body splitting into two – outnumber the amount of antioxidants in your body. They attack lipids, proteins, and DNA.
Chiropractic care acts the same as antioxidants in reducing oxidative stress. Several clinical trials have also shown that gentle spinal manipulation may help treat migraines and headaches. In one such study 22% of those who received chiro care reported a 90% reduction in headaches.
If you are experiencing moderate to severe headaches that are frequent, spinal stress of oxidative stress may be the cause. Call us today to book a FREE consultation to see if chiropractic care is the right option for you.