Five Natural Headache Solutions

by Her Happy Balance on September 25, 2013

I have never really been one of those people that avoids taking pills. I love my daily vitamins. And because my profession is in the field of science, I think the way that different medicines work is fascinating and it doesn’t make me nervous. However, it does make me uneasy as to the way our society is going via health and illness treatment. I am all about preventative medicine (to me this is healthy eating and exercising), but it seems like more and more often when someone goes to the doctor for even a small problem, they leave with that problem being relieved or symptomatically treated with a pill. How many pills is too many? Do you really need a fancy expensive medicine? Or could a change in diet and lifestyle relieve your issue naturally? Obviously certain conditions really do require prescription medicine, but in an effort to try and cut down on the constant medicating, I wanted to share some natural headache solutions. These are solutions that work for me and maybe one of them could help you too.

Natural Headache Remedy

Drink Water. One of the main symptoms of dehydration is a headache. For some people, improper hydration can even trigger a migraine. Keep a water bottle at your desk at work, carry one to class, opt for an iced tea or lemonade over a fountain soda at lunch. Start your morning with a big ol’ glass of h20, and get another in before bedtime. A lot of people are chronically dehydrated and don’t even realize it. Let’s make our cells happy and keep them watered.

Get Enough Sleep. For me, I know when my body has not gotten enough sleep if when I wake up in the morning I have blood shot eyes and have a dull and achey headache. I think this type of headache is the worst as it usually sticks with me the whole day. I really and truly value my sleep and want to avoid this headache at all costs, so it hasn’t been unheard of for me to pull the grandma card and say I need to go to bed. Make yourself a priority. Lack of sleep can lead to a whole other milieu of problems. Make an effort to go to bed at a certain time each night and try to stick to it.

Unplug. There was a period last month where I noticed that I was starting to get frequent headaches. The common factor was that these headaches always occurred after I was playing on my phone for an extended period of time. Darn you level 65 of Candy Crush! I would start the day by occupying myself on my train commute by playing on my phone, then get to my job and sit in front of my computer screen all day, and then take a train home and again play on my phone. Not exactly my smartest idea. When I took the game playing out of the picture, the headaches magically disappeared. Which begs the question, for as much as technology is helping us, in what ways is it hurting us too? Try and give your eyes a rest as often as possible. Straining your eyes can lead to some nasty headaches and ain’t nobody got time for that!

Embrace Aromatherapy. Our sense of smell is a powerful tool. Sometimes headaches form when the brain muscles covering the skull contract. Certain essential oils, particularly peppermint and eucalyptus, have been shown to have mild anti-inflammatory effects. The menthol in peppermint oil has been known to help us relax, thus relieving these tension headaches. My favorite way to incorporate these oils into my life is by adding small amounts of them to a bubble bath. Candles, reed diffusers, and adding a small dab of oil here and there to your wrist or the crown of your head can also help.

Try Massage and Acupressure. Growing up, whenever I had a headache, my mother would tell me to use the thumb of my one hand to press on the spot between my thumb and pointer finger of my other hand. In traditional Chinese medicine, this spot is known as the “Valley of Harmony” and applying pressure to it can help to alleviate headache as well as numerous other maladies. I’ve been doing this for years and years, and I have always found relief in doing so. Give it a try, it may work for you too.

Thoughts??

How often do you get headaches? What kind?

Whats your go-to way to relieve tension and stress?

What are your thoughts on aromatherapy?

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Angela @ Health's Angel September 25, 2013 at 8:45 am

I get lovely hormonal headaches around that time of the month but not many otherwise so I feel lucky. Although whenever I don’t drink enough water, I noticed them happening more often!

Becky @ olives n wine September 25, 2013 at 9:00 am

Great tips! I don’t get headaches too often (knock on wood) but when I do it is mainly because I am dehydrated. I also get bloodshot eyes when I don’t get enough sleep – so attractive 😉

Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne September 25, 2013 at 9:03 am

I’ve gotten stress headaches, and ones from not enough sleep. The stress ones started in high school, and I thought those were bad, at least they were easy to get rid of haha. Now the sleep ones are bad, like you said, they last all day long, and I can’t seem to shake them. They just linger…..but now I try to just tolerate them until I’m ready to go to bed, I usually just sleep them off. Then sometimes I just get headaches at random times for no reason at all. I can’t figure those out, but my mom use to get headaches like that. Now she just gets migraines like that. I do agree that America tries to fix everything with a pill. I think that eventually our bodies are going to build up a tolerance (if they haven’t already) to even stronger pills. I mean geez, I can’t handle anything other than baby aspirin or I fall asleep hahaha

Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat September 25, 2013 at 9:39 am

I don’t usually get headaches, but every once in a great while I do. I’m not one for medication, so I love these natural solutions.

Beth @ Mangoes and Miles September 25, 2013 at 10:06 am

That awkward moment when I see the first picture in my Bloglovin’ feed and I think, “hey, that’s cool, all of these are natural remedies!”…and then I actually read the title. Hah. Anyway, I love these tips. And I’m completely with you on the preventative medicine thing–while shadowing doctors this summer, the length of the medication lists of some patients was actually insane. Like, longer than some papers I’ve written for school. That’s a little sad to me…so many things can be prevented just by taking care of yourself.

Erica @ For the Sake of Cake September 25, 2013 at 8:01 pm

I get headaches pretty often… usually once per week. Lately they’ve been mostly sinus-related. 🙁

Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures September 26, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Girl you KNOW how I feel about taking things – even just an Advil. So no, I hardly take anything at all when it comes to relieving a headache. I just complain and moan and groan to everyone around me! But really, if I ever have a headache, I can usually pinpoint exactly why I have it (dehydrated, tired, my hair is pulled back too tightly) and I can usually correct it immediately. I also find that rubbing my neck and shoulders helps a lot too – like a personal massage from myself. 🙂
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Kristina @ Damn Ten Pounds September 27, 2013 at 12:31 am

Coffee and water are my “magic pills” when it comes to a headache. I’m usually not drinking enough water, but if hydrating doesn’t work, I sip some coffee. Caffeine constricts the blood vessels in the brain and wakes me up. Win-win! I will definitely try acupressure next time too. Thanks for the new tip 😉

Meredith September 27, 2013 at 8:39 pm

great tips Leslee! When I was at my desk job, I had headaches on a daily basis, most definitely from dehydration and lack on “unplugging”. All of things, especially sleep are so important yet so under-valued. Now I focus on drinking enough water and getting fresh air as often as possible when a headache hits!

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