7 Natural Remedies For Headaches
Headaches suck, we’ve all had them. The federal agency released a report on the prevalence of migraines, saying an estimated 2.7 million Canadians, or 8.3%, reported they had been diagnosed with the severe headaches.
So what can you do to limit the amount of headaches you have? How can you get rid of one? Let’s chat.
Inadequate hydration may lead you to develop a headache. Studies have shown that chronic dehydration is a common cause of tension headaches and migraines. So drink more water!! That’s first on your list.
Take Some Magnesium
Magnesium is a crucial mineral necessary for countless functions in the body. Interestingly, magnesium has also been shown to be a safe, effective remedy for headaches. I’ve used this personally and take magnesium citrate for headaches and it works! This is coming from someone who has had migraines most of my life!
Get Adequate Sleep
Sleep deprivation can be detrimental to your health in many ways, and may even cause headaches in some people. For example, one study compared headache frequency and severity in those who got less than six hours of sleep per night and those who slept longer. It found that those who got less sleep had more frequent and severe headaches.
Use Essential Oils
Peppermint and lavender essential oils are especially helpful when you have a headache. We recommend Peppermint Halo by our friends at Saje!
Try a Herbal Remedy
Certain herbs including feverfew and butterbur may reduce headache symptoms. Feverfew is a flowering plant that has anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies suggest that taking feverfew supplements in doses of 50–150 mg per day may reduce headache frequency. However, other studies have failed to find a benefit. Butterbur root comes from a perennial shrub native to Germany and, like feverfew, has anti-inflammatory effects. Several studies have shown that taking butterbur extract in doses of 50–150 mg reduces headache symptoms in both adults and children.
Always consult with a health practitioner before taking any herbal remedies.
Drink Ginger Tea
Ginger root contains many beneficial compounds, including antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances. One study in 100 people with chronic migraines found that 250 mg of ginger powder was as effective as the conventional headache medication sumatriptan at reducing migraine pain.
Get Some Exercise
One of the simplest ways to reduce headache frequency and severity is to engage in physical activity. So get your butt to the gym!!
We hope that these remedies help with your headaches! Let us know how these work and if you have any other suggestions.