Headaches are the absolute worst. I mean let’s face it – a bad headache can be crippling and ruin your entire day.
However, most Americans simply reach for heavy over-the-counter pain pills or expensive prescription drugs to make the pain stop without actually figuring out why the headaches are occurring, to begin with.
But by simply checking out a few common headache triggers, you may be able to end your headaches without a prescription.
And if you do happen to have a headache spring up, we have a few natural recommendations to fight the pain.
So before you reach for that bottle – check out our tips below.
Back to the good ol’ fashioned advice your mother has told you for years – make sure you are drinking enough water.
One of the most common causes of headaches is simply dehydration.
Medical News Today reports:
“When the body is dehydrated, the brain can temporarily contract or shrink from fluid loss. This mechanism causes the brain to pull away from the skull, causing pain and resulting in a dehydration headache.
Once rehydrated, the brain plumps up and returns to its normal state, relieving the headache.”
And as Freedom Health News recently reported, staying properly hydrated benefits the entire body.
If you’re wondering how much water to drink, U.S. News recommends an easy-to-remember tip — – drink half of your body weight in ounces a day.
Essential oils are all the rage these days and for a very good reason – they work.
One of the best cures for headaches is to take a few drops of peppermint oil mixed with a carrier oil and place them on your temple.
“Peppermint oil is one of the most commonly used essential oils to treat headaches or migraines. It contains menthol, which can help muscles relax and ease pain. It’s thought that applying diluted peppermint oil directly to the temples can help relieve pain from both tension headaches and migraines.”
Still not convinced?
The National Health Institute even admitted:
“Tension-type headache is the most frequent form of headache. The local topical treatment with peppermint oil (oleum menthae piperitae) has proven to be significantly more effective than placebo in controlled studies.”
But as a word of caution – make sure to dilute the peppermint oil BEFORE applying it directly to your temple!
Essential oils are incredibly powerful and applying peppermint oil directly to your skin can cause severe burning.
There are many oils you can use to dilute essential oils like coconut, almond, or jojoba oil.
Find out which one works best for you!
And as Freedom Health News previously reported, peppermint oil is one of the top essential oils recommended by professionals.
Massage It Out
If you’re like most Americans – you carry a ton of stress.
And whatever the cause of your stress – whether it be a tough boss or family problems, your body will carry that stress and cause all kinds of problems.
Some folks carry the bulk of their stress in their upper trapezius muscles and neck – which then pull on everything else and can cause massive headaches.
Others who suffer migraines have found relief from chiropractic adjustments.
In fact, a case study by NIH revealed a woman who suffered with migraines for nearly 40 years may have responded favorably to chiropractic treatment with a specific technique called the “Gonstead” method.
So consider adding regular massages and chiropractic care into your self-care routine. The two techniques really do go hand in hand.
A good massage therapist can work out the tension, helping your muscles to relax while a good chiropractor can help align your neck and spine into the proper position.
The combination of these two will improve your posture (and decrease your stress).
If you’re looking for other ways to destress – check out our bonus tip here!
Check Your Sleep
Finally, ask yourself how well you are actually sleeping at night.
If you struggle with insomnia or struggle to fall asleep at night, this often-overlooked detail can be a major source of your headaches.
According to The Sleep Foundation, not getting enough sleep is listed as a “chief sleep complaint” of those who get constant headaches, and lack of sleep can even lead to anxiety and depression.
Cut the screen time and try going to bed at the same time each night.
And while we’re at it, having the proper pillow can do wonders for your neck.
If you are sleeping with too many pillows which force your neck into an improper position, this will move your neck and spine into an unnatural position which can cause headaches.
The same goes with having a pillow that’s too firm or mushy – Harvard Health recommends a memory foam pillow, which can contour to your neck and help properly align your spine.
Splurge on a good memory foam pillow – it’s worth it.
Don’t let a headache ruin your entire day.
And remember – prevention is key.
There are times where the pain may be so unbearable you need to take medication to ease the pain, but consider starting with the natural methods first.
By sampling staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, using a good pillow and getting proper massage and chiropractic adjustments – you can help prevent a headache in the first place!
And if you start to feel the headache come on – try the peppermint oil technique and see if that helps do the trick.
Do you suffer with headaches?
Have you tried any of these natural headache busters before?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to share this article with your friends and family to let them know how to cure their headache the natural way!