Everyone has experienced a headache or migraine. Both seem to come at the worst of times. While pain relievers work, they do cause damage inside the body that may not show for years but none of them are safe to take on a regular basis. Even over the counter ones have been shown to damage the stomach lining & put stress on the liver. Aside from pain relievers & migraine medicines, there are other things you can do to reduce the pain.
Common Causes Of Headaches & Migraines
Both headaches & migraines have one thing in common, they both hurt! While migraines tend to be localized pain & pressure in the head, headaches tend to be all around pressure in the head. The difference in the two is usually categorized by symptoms & pain level yet both seem to have the same common causes. Below are the most common causes of headaches & migraines
- Allergies (food & seasonal)
- Muscle Tension (in the neck, upper back, jaw)
- Weather Pressure Changes
- Hormone Levels Changing
- Pinched Nerves
- Anxiety/Panic Attacks
- Candida Over-Growth
- Neck or Head Injuries
- Poor Diets (High in unhealthy fats, sugars)
- Caffeine Use (too much)
- Sinus Blockage
- Poor Sight (near/far sided vision)
- Prolonged Squinting
- Poor Sleeping Habits
- Vitamin Deficiencies (vitamin D, vitamin B's, vitamin K)
- Poor Posture
Home Remedies For Headaches & Migraines
These are proven solutions to help elevate head pain. Not all may work for you so you will have to try some & see what helps. If you suffer from highly sever pain unlike you have ever felt, it is a good idea to visit the doctor because it can be more serious BUT most of the time, it is nothing to worry about.
-Applying an ice pack or bottle to the head or back of the neck will reduce inflammation in the head. Do this in 20 minute intervals.
-Not many think to rub Vicks on their forehead when suffering from a headache or migraine but it does indeed help! The menthol in the Vicks is a natural pain reliever that gets absorbed through the skin. If you want a more natural approach, use menthol essential oil in a carrier oil & rub it into the forehead & at the temples for soothing relief.
-Most head pain is caused by pressure build up in the veins. Putting your feet in ice cold water or ice packs on your feet will pull circulation down from your head & help relieve the tension.
-Cut a lime in half & rub it on your forehead. The nutrients found in lime aid in reducing inflammation & the juice will be directly absorbed into the skin right to the nerves & veins in your scalp.
-Like most other citrus fruits, the orange has amazing anti-inflammatory properties to it. Eat one or two oranges with a glass of cold water & it should help with in 20 minutes.
Caffeine + Chocolate
-This combination works best on though who don't drink caffeine on a daily basis. Drink half a can of cola with your favorite chocolate candy. I like to drink some coca-cola with some peanut m&m's.
-Lavender is a natural relaxer & stress reducer. Simply inhaling it will relax the nerves in the body & relieve tension all over. Use lavender essential oil that is pure & simply sniff it from the bottle or apply it on a piece of cloth & take deep breaths in through the nose & out the mouth.
-Epson salt is not just great for muscle aches but headaches as well! Take half a cup of Epson salt & add it to a big hot bowl of water. Let it melt in then take a washcloth & soak the water onto it & place it on your forehead or on the back of your neck. Add 8 drops of lavender oil for a relaxing steam.
-The occipital nerves are located at the base of the skull where the head meets the neck. They are on both sides of the base of the skull. Putting pressure on these will help relieve head pressure & tension. In fact, most people who have headaches caused by stress tense their shoulder muscles which tense their neck muscles & put pressure on the occipital nerves creating head pains.
-Mini-rebounders (mini trampolines) are amazing for bring more oxygen to the brain & relieving tension in the back, neck & head.
Aloe Vera Juice
-Aloe vera juice is an amazing all around natural medicine for inflammation anywhere in the body. It aids in pains from arthritis to sinus pressure. It also helps repair muscle tissue & membranes. Drinking a shot of this will sooth your whole body.
Watch What You Eat
Many people experience headaches & even migraines from eating junk for food. When you are having head pains stick to dark green vegetables, citrus fruits, eggs, nuts & seeds & natural omega fats found in foods like Virgin Olive Oil. Kale works wonders for providing vitamin K to the body & helps with all around pain. Avoid starchy foods & heavy meats. Fish & grilled, boiled or baked chicken is fine. Don't eat beef or pork more then once or twice a week. Limit dairy use & cut out most of the sugar from your diet. Caffeine is also a no-no so try to avoid using caffeine on a daily basis. It puts stress on your lymph nodes.These small changes will have a positive effect on your body & greatly reduce & even eliminate migraines & head aches all together!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
FlourishAnyway from USA on May 25, 2013:
Great suggestions. I have tried ice packs and massage with some success but have never thought of Vicks.