7 Natural Ways to Relieve Headaches

pain naturallyPIN IT!If you have dealt with headaches in the past or currently experiencing them frequently you know they can affect your daily life. For some, they get massive migraines that leave them laying in bed in the dark because they get so sick. Others might find their headaches aren’t as severe but bad enough they are constantly reaching in the medicine cabinet. If you are looking for more natural ways to relieve headaches, then check out this list below. I have gathered a variety of ways to help ease your headache pain naturally.

Bye-Bye Headaches, Ease The Pain Naturally

I know this is a simple one, but many don’t drink enough water, and that alone can cause you to have a headache. If you drink much caffeine, alcohol or sugary drinks it can dehydrate you, leaving you with a throbbing headache that won’t go away. Ever notice you get more headaches in the summer months? A lot of times those headaches are from dehydration.

Magnesium Rich Foods
Make sure to add more magnesium-rich foods to your daily diet. These foods are broccoli, squash, whole grains, dark leafy greens, seeds, nuts, meat, etc. Magnesium can help reduce the frequency of headaches and help relieve the pain when you are suffering. Many people who have a lot of migraines or headaches often are often low in magnesium. You can also buy OTC supplements.

Essential Oils
If you like essential oils, you might find relief with peppermint and lavender essential oils. Mix with a carrier oil and apply to temples, behind ears, and back of the neck. The peppermint offers a nice cooling effect that really feels refreshing when you have a strong headache.

Cayenne Powder
Here is one you might not have heard to try. Cayenne pepper has capsaicin in it, which helps not feel pain as much. You can mix up a simple concoction and apply it with a q-tip in your nasal passages, and it can help eliminate or decrease the severity of your headache. Just mix 4 ounces of water and 1/4 cayenne powder together. Mix and then dip a cotton swab in it, and rub in your nasal passages. You will feel a slight burning sensation.

Ginger Tea
If you are a fan of ginger, simply peel and crush up some ginger root and add to boiling water. Let it sit for a few minutes and then pour into a cup and sip on it like tea, it can help take the pain away and reduce any inflammation you may have.

Soak Time
This one I learned years ago and have used it when nothing is really allowing my headache to let up. I take a wet washcloth and lay it on the back of my neck. I put some cold water in the tub just enough to cover my ankles. Then I hunch over and stick my wrist in the water as well and put my head down on my knees with the wet cloth on my neck. This hits pressure points and the cool water really helps take the pain away.

Feverfew is a supplement you can buy online or find at a local store near you. It has been known to help reduce headaches and migraines by reducing pain, sensitivity to light and sounds, nausea and more.