Headaches can be extremely annoying and frustrating. It can be tempting to always reach for an Advil right away, but you might not want to keep taking medication frequently if you get headaches often. Here are some natural ways to keep headaches at bay:
- Peppermint oil. Peppermint oil helps promote blood flow by opening and closing blood vessels and releasing tension. It also feels cooling and tingly when applied and helps ease the pain fairly quickly. You may need to reapply a few times.
- Cayenne pepper. Apply cayenne pepper topically to your nose. The active ingredient in peppers called capsaicin which causes heat, depletes your nerves of substance P which is a pain inducing chemical. The smell should stop the pain signal coming from your head.
- Drink more water. Often headaches can be caused by dehydration. Drink more water to relieve and prevent symptoms.
- Feverfew is an herb member of the daisy family. Chewing feverfew gives you the chemical parthenolide which can reduce headaches. You can also make a great feverfew tea.
- Fish oil. Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids which helps reduce inflammation that can cause painful headaches. Taking fish oil daily can help reduce the number and intensity of headaches.
- Ginger is a great anti-inflammatory that is a natural painkiller and also helps nausea that can be cause by migraines. Ginger tea works really well for headaches or nausea.
- Next time you start getting a headache, try eating some almonds. Almonds contain salicin, which is also an agent in painkillers.
- Apply an apple cider vinegar compress. Use ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar, three cups of boiling water and one cup of cool water. Combine and breathe over the steam with a towel over your head to ease symptoms.
- Use a cold compress or warm compress, depending on what helps ease symptoms for you. You may have to play around with what works better for you and what works for different types of headaches you may get.
Do you get frequent headaches? Do you try to use natural treatments before using painkillers? Which treatment is your favorite and go-to to killing headaches?